Watch Rakim’s ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ for NPR (Video)

Eric B & Rakim released a new track “King’s Paradise” for Season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage. Shortly after its release, Ali Shaheed Muhammad — who produced and co-wrote the song with Adrian Younge — played bass, and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram rocked the guitar. As a collective, the duo is known as The Midnight Hour.

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NPR Reports: “King’s Paradise” pays homage to the heroes of the Harlem Renaissance as well as its fictional superhero, the bulletproof Luke Cage. Rakim tipped his hat to Philip Payton Jr., Joe Lewis, Lena Horne, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou and Louis Armstrong, before concluding with a few bars about the comic book-inspired series.

Younge then led the nine-member backing band through two of Rakim’s undeniable classics: “Paid in Full” and “Know the Ledge.” For the former, drummer David Henderson rolled right in with the unmistakable breakbeat, — originally sampled from The Soul Searchers “Ashley’s Roachclip.” Muhammad, who’s been playing bass since age 19 despite being known for his production and DJ work, provided the low end for “Know The Ledge.”


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