WORDS BY RAKIM
Words is a re-introduction, and aural celebration of hip-hop’s most influential MC. Inspired by the vinyls that birthed the art form, the film is a portrait of two sides of an artist (A & B) and the streets and city he inspired. Two of his verses have been remixed, the words will never change.
The lyrical giants of Hip-Hop’s mid-’80s aren’t the type of guys to always appreciate a camera up in their world. KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim (as well as Kool G Rap, Kool Keith, Ice Cube, and Scarface) are big on their privacy.
Rakim’s not a Twitter guy, and he’s never been the type of person that was easily accessible to his peers, let alone those who want to document the culture that Rakim helped re-shape. Before you press play, you know that Rakim agreeing to a video vignette is no small deal. Then, after watching this amazingly-edited vignette on Rakim, New York, and all things between, you really get it. Hip-Hop is still living with giants, and Rakim’s impact on the culture and Heads in 2014 can be lost sometimes, but this stellar film by Matt Bieler just gets it.
Moreover, they got access to Rakim in the studio, backstage, on stage, and traveling. Listening to The R rap his rhymes slowly, over some accented production drives home how timeless the saxophone player-turned-God MC really is.
directed by: matt bieler
produced by: ben feigin, matthew kemp, rakim allah, matt bieler
music by: chris newlin
additional programming by: dane leon
edited by: matt bieler, aidan haley
photographed by: matt bieler, scott forte
music mixed by: danny cocke
final mix by: tom paolantonio
color timing by: santiago padilla
titles by: mike moss
smoke by: david hernandez
words by: rakim
production company: serial pictures / anonymous content