Rakim – The Seventh Seal Artwork (Final)

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This leaked a while back, and Ra’s label freaked out and asked everybody to take it down because it wasn’t the final art. So here I give you the final version of The Seventh Seal cover.I’ve included the press release and the original leaked version of the cover after the jump so you can compare the vast differences yourself.

Hip-Hop Legend
RAKIM
The Seventh Seal
Long Awaited Album Drops
November 17, 2009
(Ra Records / Tuscan Villa / SMC Recordings)

September 24, 2009 (New York, NY) –After months, if not years of Internet speculation and rumor, the man many call The God MC’s management and label officially confirm that Rakim Allah will release his long awaited new album The Seventh Seal on November 17, 2009. Guest artists include Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Maino, Tracey Horton, IQ, Styles P, and others, including Destiny Griffin, Rakim’s own daughter. The artist’s Ra Records shares the imprint in a joint venture with Tuscan Villa and SMC Recordings and is distributed through Fontana/Universal Music Group.

Since its release, the album’s lead single “Holy Are You” has won praise from critics and fans alike. USA Today states, “The God MC previews his long-awaited The Seventh Seal with a lyrically adept reminder of how he earned the name,” with Billboard proclaiming “Rakim is in top form, richly merging self-mythologizing reflections on his legacy with religious imagery.”

His first full album of new material in almost a decade, The Seventh Seal is Rakim’s contemporary observation of the Hip-Hop culture he helped define. While staying loyal to his New York roots, Rakim has created a body of work that encompasses the very best of regional, underground and mainstream styles that are reformed and delivered through his intricate lyricism and the seemingly effortless flow for which he is revered. He has enlisted a slew of production talent including Needlz, Nottz, Jake One, Nick Wiz, Ty Fiffe and more on the album’s well-rounded tracks.

The artist states, “The Seventh Seal is my own revelation…my way of taking the best of what Hip-Hop has to offer, what we as a culture and a community have to offer, putting my stamp on it and leading us forward while constantly respecting what we’ve already accomplished. When you’ve been blessed with a career like mine, you develop a deep relationship with the music, and that love is recognized by the true heads that share it with you. You’ll see us keep building as we break through each Seal…showing the best of what I can do in many forms, bringing the energy and having fun, but first I’m laying that foundation and give my longtime fans the conscious fire they expect.”

This one actually looks better to me, but what do I know.


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40 Responses to “Rakim – The Seventh Seal Artwork (Final)”

  1. THE-XFACTA Says:

    Lmao.. This album has been dropping since 1999

  2. Joe 88 Says:

    Chief Ali aka The One Who Stay Building Says:
    September 25th, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    I heard of 88 Keys before I heard of Joe88…

    Its funny too, b/c I heard of 88 Keys actually via word of mouth, not on an online forum/blogsite/messageboard

    ^No shots, but you must be with them white boys then, cause I couldn’t tell you what that nigga look like, what he’s done, a video, single, anything. I expect for a nigga not to hear of me tho, if he’s making any moves, it must be under the radar, cause I never heard of that nigga

  3. nestle snipes Says:

    Big Daddy Kane > Rakim

    Freddie Foxx > Rakim

    Kool G Rap > Rakim

  4. Rey aka NahRight's Corey Feldman Says:

    THE Tracey Horton???

  5. THE-XFACTA Says:

    I hope for Ra’s sake this album is good and actually drops because Dre shitted on his career… Not to mention Dre shitted on Stat Quo, Eve, Busta, and Dr. Dre himself!

  6. THE-XFACTA Says:

    How does Dr Dre own the entire label and keeps pushing his own album back?

  7. BBW Says:

    It looks like they just photocopied it 200 times..wa,wa,wackjuice

  8. THE-XFACTA Says:

    “A Tribe Called Quest is an American hip hop group, formed in 1985[1]. The group is composed of rapper/producer Q-Tip (Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, formerly Jonathan Davis), rapper Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor), and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A fourth member, rapper Jarobi White, left the group after their first album but appears to have rejoined the group since 2006″

    Umm, you think this nigga Jarobi has bad timing? Why come back after the group has fallen off?

  9. nestle snipes Says:

    Dr. Dre will not push you unless you name is Eminem or 50 Cent.

    Look what he did to Joell Ortiz.

  10. THE-XFACTA Says:

    They should have kept the old album art.. The record niggaz can’t do shit right!

  11. A tribe called quest aka Yo Lurker, Im really happy for you & imma let you finish, but my comment is one of the greatest comments of all time Says:

    Once Tribe tht happended Once…And Dont forget Beckett got beat up tht game too…Fact Of The Matter Is This..If the Sawx staff is so much better despite injuries theyd be in first place…Beckett is overrated and no shots but these Boston fans believe tht because of all the hate the Yankees get on ESPN..ESPN has the most Yankke Hating Staff in the history of man kind…its Fucking Atrocious My nigga

    –I really dont know how to respond to all this.

    Obviously we are not alking about the same Josh beckett. Or maybe you’re still butt hurt from Josh single handedly breaking down the Jankees in the 03 series and winning a ring and celebrating on your home turf.

    beckett constantly shuts down the Janks dog, and Burnett cant get an outting of less than 5 runs with us. Stop stanning

  12. Rey aka NahRight's Corey Feldman Says:

    “This one actually looks better to me, but what do I know.” –Eskay

    ^^^

    Um… Great viewing spots for Fall Foliage? Recipes for delicious jams and jellies? Every word to the “Full House” theme song? Drag-On’s home phone number?

  13. Carlos Voltron AKA Dixie Normous Says:

    The hell? They got the nigga looking mad demonic and satan like. That’s fucked up.

  14. A tribe called quest aka Yo Lurker, Im really happy for you & imma let you finish, but my comment is one of the greatest comments of all time Says:

    Umm, you think this nigga Jarobi has bad timing? Why come back after the group has fallen off?

    –They dont want to do another album so that shit puzzles me too

  15. nestle snipes Says:

    youtube.com/watch?v=3IGD2UgplHI
    ^One of the reasons I need to go to colombia/venezuela…

  16. Harlem World Says:

    Aftermath is not a record label its a production company, they promote and produce artists similar to how ruff ryders did back in the day.

  17. Chief Ali aka The One Who Stay Building Says:

    ^No shots, but you must be with them white boys then, cause I couldn’t tell you what that nigga look like, what he’s done, a video, single, anything. I expect for a nigga not to hear of me tho, if he’s making any moves, it must be under the radar, cause I never heard of that nigga

    ———————————

    yeah, cuz only whites were bumping ‘Stay Up’ feat Kanye

    i tell you bout these ol’ minature minded ass niggas

    on my life

  18. the real truth Says:

    I really dont know how to respond to all this.

    Obviously we are not alking about the same Josh beckett. Or maybe you’re still butt hurt from Josh single handedly breaking down the Jankees in the 03 series and winning a ring and celebrating on your home turf.

    beckett constantly shuts down the Janks dog, and Burnett cant get an outting of less than 5 runs with us. Stop stanning

    ^
    LOl but youre doing the same thing with the SAWX…Tribe despite what you may say on here you know wherever you are right now that Beckett was better in 03 than he is now..im not taking tht away from him but he is absolutely overrated..and im not saying Burnett is better than Beckett but dont front like Burnett hasnt been good this yea…Lucky for you the Sawx have a decent enough team to make the wild card and lose in the first round

    *Daps*

  19. 40 Inc Says:

    [Verse Two]
    Some days wouldn’t be special, if it wasn’t for rain
    Joy wouldn’t feel so good, if it wasn’t for pain
    Death gotta be easy, ’cause life is hard
    It’ll leave you physically, mentally, and emotionally scarred
    This if for my niggaz on the block, twisting trees and cigars
    For the niggaz on lock, doing life behind bars
    I don’t see only god can judge me, ’cause I see things clear
    Quick these crackers will give my black ass a hundred years
    I’m like Paulie in Goodfellas, you can call me the Don
    Like Malcolm by any means, with my gun in my palm
    Slim switched sides on me, let niggaz ride on me
    I thought we was cool, why you want me to die homie?

  20. Rey aka NahRight's Corey Feldman Says:

    # 40 Inc Says:
    September 25th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    [Verse Two]
    Some days wouldn’t be special, if it wasn’t for rain
    Joy wouldn’t feel so good, if it wasn’t for pain
    Death gotta be easy, ’cause life is hard
    It’ll leave you physically, mentally, and emotionally scarred
    This if for my niggaz on the block, twisting trees and cigars
    For the niggaz on lock, doing life behind bars
    I don’t see only god can judge me, ’cause I see things clear
    Quick these crackers will give my black ass a hundred years
    I’m like Paulie in Goodfellas, you can call me the Don
    Like Malcolm by any means, with my gun in my palm
    Slim switched sides on me, let niggaz ride on me
    I thought we was cool, why you want me to die homie?

    ^^^

    Um… This is a good song and all, but the lyrics written out like that look like some 11th Grade Emo Poetry..

    Some days wouldn’t be special, if it wasn’t for rain
    Joy wouldn’t feel so good, if it wasn’t for pain
    Death gotta be easy, ’cause life is hard
    It’ll leave you physically, mentally, and emotionally scarred

    …sounds like some shit a goth kid would write in his english class.

    No Shots.

  21. THE-XFACTA Says:

    lmmfao.. Yo: Initially, Q-Tip had been performing as a solo artist (MC Love Child),

  22. Mag Says:

    Dre should just give up on Detox. I’m still gonna hate on it and D/L it… Just because!

    Producers fucked up once they started rappin

  23. Joe 88 Says:

    >yeah, cuz only whites were bumping ‘Stay Up’ feat Kanye

    i tell you bout these ol’ minature minded ass niggas

    on my life

    ^What’s stay up? I never heard it, or heard my niggas rocking it. So now i’m minature minded cause I never heard something you like? Wow, that’s funny, I live in a different part of the world than you do, so I can only tell you about what I know, and I don’t know one nigga that heard of 88-keys. That’s not taking away from him, but it’s the truth, and let me guess, you don’t know anyone that heard of joe88? I belive you, I just take it ass he would be one of them internet/loved by them cracker type of niggas, if he is, no offense to you, but I haven’t even heard niggas in the comment section talk about him til the wale shit, so, eh, makes me no never mind, my name been joe88 since 99′, and i’m not changing it because he made a song with yeezy.

  24. Carlos Voltron AKA Dixie Normous Says:

    Um… This is a good song and all, but the lyrics written out like that look like some 11th Grade Emo Poetry..

    Some days wouldn’t be special, if it wasn’t for rain
    Joy wouldn’t feel so good, if it wasn’t for pain
    Death gotta be easy, ’cause life is hard
    It’ll leave you physically, mentally, and emotionally scarred

    …sounds like some shit a goth kid would write in his english class.

    No Shots.
    ^
    That’s why rap is more than just lyrics. Combine those words with proper cadence, production, and emotion, and you got yourself a damn good song.

  25. Deen Says:

    At this point I’m bitter at Dre for mistreating Ra, Joell and Rae. I’m probably not copping Detox, no matter when it drops.

  26. 40 Inc Says:

    rap is poetry

  27. Jersey*made*me Says:

    I just take it ass

    ^^
    A the fuck YO

  28. Carlos Voltron AKA Dixie Normous Says:

    Oh and FlashForward won for using a Mos Def song in the first episode. That kind of decision could get a muthafucka fired.

  29. cOLD Says:

    Eskay stop playin that Raekwon Have mercy vid just dropped.

  30. Rey aka NahRight's Corey Feldman Says:

    @ Carlos Voltron– Oh no, cosign.. That’s a huge part of it (nh), I just mean written out like that it loses so much impact.

    @ J88– Dude, I’m a ‘Ye stan and even I didn’t fuck with “Stay Up”.. Just wasn’t that good to me. *dappage*

    Sidenote: Streiht Up Menace is stuck in my head. Nice.

  31. mie Says:

    first one does look better. i just hope his album doesnt turn into an mop situation.

  32. Shawn Says:

    The original was excellent photography. The ‘Final’ artwork has the dark levels pushed so much that it breaks apart around the corners.
    It’s so lazy and has all the signs of PR and Management meddling.

  33. buciii baby Says:

    Yo, I’m not a huge fan of 88 keys but I got his mixtape on my ipod.

    You should listen to: “Wasting my minutes” ft. Kid Cudi

    That’s the song that made me d/l the mixtape.

    Other good tracks on there are: Ho is short for Honey, Morning Wood, Nice Guys Finish Last.

    That’s just IMO though. (:

    P.S. If anyone shops on Karmaloop.com you can use my Rep Code —> BUCIIIBABY <— and get 20% off your 1st purchase and 10% off each purchase after that! :D

  34. Al Poelvordino Says:

    four fantastics : krs, ra, kane and grap !

  35. ian aka @StellasKid Says:

    I agree w Eskay. If anything the final is too dark and looks worse than the leak art.

  36. Quilldram Says:

    I think he could have reached down South and got an MC instead of just NY cats on the album. I never heard a nigga in the South from 20-45yrs old ever say anything negative about him.

  37. 99skullz Says:

    all they did was adjust the brightness/contrast lol and The Seventh Seal text is still off center and they could have fixed that I think the first one is better the reduced brightness and high contrast take away from the photo’s brilliance

  38. Chu Says:

    Big Daddy Kane > Rakim

    Freddie Foxx > Rakim

    Kool G Rap > Rakim

    ^ yup

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  40. Terence Says:

    Big Daddy Kane > Rakim

    Freddie Foxx > Rakim

    Kool G Rap > Rakim

    ^No I don’t think so.

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