Legendary Rapper and MC Rakim At UAlbany October 28, as part of The Creative Life: A Conversation Series

Legendary rapper Rakim will visit University at Albany for a conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue as part ofThe Creative Life: A Conversation Series. 

Monday, October 28 at 7 p.m. UAlbany Performing Arts Center.

Book signing and reception following the talk in the theatre lounge. 

Free and open to the public.

William Michael Griffin Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is “near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs – perhaps the greatest – of all time within the hip-hop community” (Steve Huey, AllMusic.com). He began his career as the emcee of the rap duo Eric B. & Rakim, “the most influential DJ/MC combo in contemporary pop music, period” (Tom Terrell, NPR). Where many MCs of the time developed their technique through improvisational battles, Rakim was among the first to demonstrate the possibilities of sitting down and writing intricately crafted lyrics packed with clever word choices and metaphors. Described as “part memoir, part writing guide,”  Sweat The Technique: Revelations On Creativity From The Lyrical Genius follows his career from his beginnings as a teenage rapper in Wyandanch, Long Island and offers insight into how he thinks about words, music, writing and rhyming as it teaches writers of all levels how to hone their craft. 

Following the conversation, there will be a book signing and reception in the theatre lounge. 

The Creative Life series is a major arts initiative of the University Art Museum, New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in conjunction with WAMC Public Radio. Sponsored by The University at Albany Foundation, the series features live onstage interviews conducted by WAMC’s “Roundtable” host Joe Donahue with artists of national and international prominence in conversation about their creative inspiration, their craft, their careers, and the demands of sustaining an artistic practice over time. A question and answer period closes each program.  

Major support for The Creative Life is provided by The University at Albany Foundation, The John D. Picotte Family Foundation and Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family. Additional support is provided from the College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and University Auxiliary Services. 

More information can be obtained by calling the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s box office at (518) 442-3997.