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2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

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Hip Hop Smackdown

Closed May 26, 2018

Laid-back, diamond-sharp: Old-school titan Rakim may still lead the race for Best Rapper Ever, and this album is a big reason why.

Rolling Stone on Eric B. & Rakim's Paid in Fu

Why See Hip Hop Smackdown?

Eric B. & Rakim Reunite For Hip Hop Smackdown

Back for its fifth year running, the annual Hip Hop Smackdown concert is the highlight of Detroit's summer events calendar. The show marks its hotly anticipated return with the reunion of Eric B. & Rakim, the iconic DJ/MC team that had a hand in defining rap's golden age in the late 80s. They'll be joined by a line-up of the hottest names on the scene, including EPMD, MC Lyte, Kool Moe See, Doug E. Fresh and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

After seven years of musical chemistry that culminated in timeless beat-making and poetic, metaphor-laden rap rhythms and flows, Eric B. & Rakim laid their partnership to rest. It wasn't until 23 years later in 2016 that the band reformed, going on to celebrate the 30th anniversary of seminal album Paid In Full. Held in high esteem as the forerunners of modern hip-hop, their creative genius and peerless technique elevated hip hop to an art form. Revel in their considerable legacy during classic cuts like Ain't No Joke, I Know You Got Soul and My Melody.

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Performance date: 26 May 2018


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