Rakim: Freestyle
From Vlad the Butcher + Don Diva: Old Gangsters, Young Gunz (2004)

I first met Vlad when he was still living out in the Bay Area, about 10 years ago. Nice guy, way into hip-hop which is how we met…and a decade later, dude is like NYC mixtape royalty. Amazing. I always like seeing local boy made good and Vlad’s shown some skills in negotiating his status as a NY outsider with the tightly competitive tape scene there and still coming out on top.

This Rakim freestyle is off Vlad’s latest mix-CD: Old Gangsters, Young Gunz and it features the God Allah jumping on Ghostface’s “Run” instrumental. The R is still the microphone fiend.