Rakim and his legendary status in Hip-Hop is solidified and now, the God MC is set to receive an award from a New York-based youth group for his achievements in the game. Freedom Williams, of C+C Music Factory fame, is putting on an event, “Aquarians Give Back,” and will grant Rakim with the Aquarius Award for Consciousness and Global Awareness award.
The “Aquarians Give Back” fundraiser and event will benefit the Youth At Risk organization, which offers mentoring, educational support and other services for children in the New York region.
Williams, who featured on the C+C Music Factory's hit song “Gonna Make You Sweat,” was homeless at the time when he wrote the track. Now, he gives back to youth in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn as a mentor and feeds the homeless through the city's five boroughs. Williams explains why he chose Rakim for the first Freedom Williams Aquarius Award for Consciousness and Global Awareness award.
“This award has been in the making for several years and Rakim is receiving the first of many to be given out,” says Williams. “Nas is dope, Kool G Rap is a legend; Big Daddy Kane and Jay-Z are game changers. But no other emcee has had an influence on the art form and left such a lasting impression on global music like Rakim.”
The event takes place at Manhattan's Flatiron Hotel on February 13 at 8:00 PM. To purchase tickets, buy a sponsorship and learn more, follow this link.