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Fête De La Musique: IAM with special guest Rakim
Rumsey Playfield, off the 5th Avenue and 72nd Street entrance

In association with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Bureau Export, French Music Export Office


Hailing from France and formed in 1988, IAM began its journey to fame in the city of Marseille. This French Hip-Hop group consisting of 5 members incorporates themes that include the sounds of Ancient Egypt, Africa, China, Japan, India and American music. IAM’s big break came after the release of the 1997 album, L’école du micro d’argent, which eventually sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. Through IAM’s European performances, the band helped spread the popularity of French Hip-Hop infused with African rhythms mixing both rage and intelligence, and constantly discovering new dimensions for the pleasure of listeners’ ears and minds. With an album set to be released in April 2013, IAM has proven that they have no intention of slowing down as they continue to create powerful music for the world to hear.

Legendary Hip-Hop artist Rakim’s iconic album, Paid in Full  has garnered praise from outlets such as Rolling Stone, who has deemed it, “the greatest Hip-Hop album of all time.” Few artists have had as great an impact on the development of the genre as Rakim. Recognized as one of the “Masters of the Microphone,” he first exploded onto the scene with the release of the iconic single, “Eric B. is President” which showcased his intricately intellectual lyrics.


Part of SummerStage’s “This is __ Hip-Hop” series.


For more information, visit the SummerStage website.

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM