Let’s stop the press for a second. Despite everything on my plate right now, this video stole the moment and made the hair on my neck stand up. This 4 minute and 49 second vignette focuses on the legendary emcee Rakim. While a short hommage for this emcee is well deserved, its the details that really make this piece stand out.
The crisp editing, Rakim’s personal voice-over and New York shots that invoke memories of the cinematography from Woody Allen’s classic Manhattan may cause euphoria. The real clincher are the verses from the songs “I Know You Got Soul” and “Follow the Leader”. Each is accompanied by a gorgeous musical accompaniment that highlights each word and meaning, perfectly showcasing Rakim’s poetic abilities.