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Rapper Rakim celebrates 25 years of ‘Paid in Full’ with Detroit concert


DETROIT — Rakim, with special guests Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane, will take the stage at Detroit’s Masonic Temple on Oct. 27. This special show, presented by Global World Enterprises and Kinpholk Entertainment, commemorates the 25th anniversary of Rakim’s platinum album, “Paid in Full.”

“Rakim has touched so many people of all ages with his music. To have been in the rap game for 25 years is remarkable and he has only left his audience wanting more,” said Derrick Kearney, owner of Kinpholk Entertainment. “Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh fit perfectly into the evening that highlights the best performers and lyricists from rap’s golden age.”

“Paid in Full,” which Rakim produced with then-partner Eric B., has been ranked No. 227 of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time according to Rolling Stone Magazine and was named the Greatest Hip Hop Album of All Time by MTV. In July 2012, Rakim was once again recognized as a pioneer in the hip hop genre for his use of internal rhymes, earning him the No. 1 spot in The Source Magazine’s Top 50 Lyricist of All Time. Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane also placed 15th and eighth, respectively, on The Source’s list.

Big Daddy Kane, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential and skilled golden age rappers, will open the show with his unmatched technique and lauded rhyming skills. Slick Rick, largely recognized for his storytelling innovation, and Doug E. Fresh, known as the Human Beat Box, will appear back-to-back with implications of some overlap for hit songs “The Show” and “La-Di-Da-Di.” Rakim fittingly finishes the event.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Sept. 15 and start at $55 at or Detroit’s Masonic Temple box office, 500 Temple St.

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