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Rakim returns with his first official single, “Be Ill,” and project in 15-years, showing the world his “G.O.D.” status extends to more than just lyricism.

Alongside Eric B and as a solo artist, Rakim has released a total of seven studio albums. Now, along with the drop of his new single featuring Kurupt and Masta Killa, Rakim has also announced his new project, “G.O.D.’s Network (Reb7rth),” will be released on July 26. It is also the first project that is entirely produced by Rakim himself.

With “Be Ill,” Rakim holds down vocals, production and cuts, and he is joined by Dogg Pound and Wu-Tang contemporaries Kurupt and Masta Killa.

The official music video provides the viewer a golden-era esque time capsule for when all you needed to showcase your skills were two turntables and a microphone. Rakim, Kurupt and Masta Killa all shine in their very unique ways throughout the Rakim produced soundscape, and it serves as a further reminder that it was Rakim’s production that brought to life previous classics such as “Juice” (Know The Ledge), “Don’t Sweat The Technique,” “Paid In Full,” and so many others.

“G.O.D.s’ Network (Reb7rth)” will feature collaborations with Nipsey Hussle, DMX, B.G., Method Man, Prodigy, 38 Spesh, Kurupt, Masta Killa, Skyzoo, Kool G Rap, Joell Ortiz, KXNG Crooked, Planet Asia and more.

Press play and watch “Be Ill” below.

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