Legends of Hip Hop
WHO ARE THEY: During the 1980s, Rakim established himself as one of the most innovative and talented rappers in America. The Long Island native combined a smooth, effortless delivery with a deep edgy voice that made him instantly recognizable. The intricacies of his rhymes and cleverness of his lyrics made Rakim one of the most influential MCs of all time.
Born in Egg Harbor Township and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Biz Markie exploded in 1989 with the hit single “Just a Friend.” The rapper offered up a comedic style including some strained singing of the chorus of the song which proved to win over the hearts of music listeners. He’s been referred to as “the Clown Prince of Hip Hop.”
In 1989, Special Ed made his mark on the world of hip hop with the songs “I Got it Made” and “I’m the Magnificent” from his album “Youngest in Charge.” Ed was only 16 years old at the time the album was recorded. In 1990, Ed released “Legal” which included the singles “Come On Let’s Move It” and “The Mission.”
Slick Rick is a rap pioneer whose career began in the early 1980s and included such standout tracks as “Children’s Story,” “La Di Da Di,” “Hey Young World,” “Teenage Love” and “Mona Lisa.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: On Friday night, the House of Blues will play host to a summit of some of the most popular hip-hop artists of the 1980s. The lineup features Rakim, Biz Markie, Special Ed and Slick Rick. Concert-goers can expect to hear Rakim perform intense hits such as “Microphone Fiend” and “Follow the Leader,” while Biz Markie gets the crowd laughing and singing along with his clown prince antics and hit song “Just a Friend.” Although he’s no longer the youngest MC out there, Special Ed will look to prove he’s still in charge with hits such as “I’m the Magnificent” and “I Got it Made.” Old-school fans will be in their glory as Slick Rick performs classics such as “Children’s Story,” “La Di Da Di,” “Hey Young World,” “Teenage Love” and “Mona Lisa.”