Rakim "The Cellar" EP

Peace to our readers from every corner of the world. I’m going to keep this short and simple. Tweet this: T.R.O.Y. has Rakim The Cellar EP for you to download. ‘Nuff respeck to DJ Mike Nice for the generous hook up.

The facts as they are reported at Soundtable (who collaborated with LA-based Tres Records and NY-based No Sleep Records on this):
Rakim: The Cellar EP
The Cellar EP is a collection of three unheard Rakim sessions and instrumentals; previously unreleased and limited only to this 300 pressed vinyl.

“Man With A Gun”.
Recorded by Rakim in 2002, this song was done strictly for an underground buzz 12” that was never released.

“Once Upon A Rhyme” (Original Version).
Recorded by Rakim in 1995, this song/version was a last minute deletion from the “18th Letter” LP.

BONUS TRACK “Show Me Love” (Rugged Version).
Recorded by Rakim in 1996, this version had to be remixed for the “18th Letter” LP, due to sample clearance issues.

All songs are produced by Nick Wiz.
All scratches are provided by D.J. Slyce.
My take: this shit is really dope. It’s Rakim. “Once Upon A Rhyme” shares some lyrics with “Various Shades Of Black.” It’s a damned shame Rakim didn’t release an album in 1995.
Note: The instrumentals are not included. Cry me a river.
— Thun

Don’t forget to grab today’s other exclusive: Illmatic 15 Years Later (pdf scan from XXL magazine)

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94 Responses to “Rakim "The Cellar" EP”

  1. Laurent says:


    Can't wait to hear this!!
    Thank you so much for all that great hip-hop.
    Peace from Paris,


  2. SOC4L says:

    dope dope dope like always thanks dj mikenice

  3. Anonymous says:

    troy does it again

  4. sankofa says:

    good stuff

    can't help but wonder what he's been up to all these years

  5. Anonymous says:

    This should have alot of comments. Much props Mike!

  6. Stieflkater says:

    Thanks DJ Mike Nice…
    "Man With A Gun" and "Once Upon A Rhyme OG" are incredible. I hope the "7th Seal" is dropping real soon.


  7. Anonymous says:

    nice.. great way to start off the week.. thanks

  8. vincentlopez says:


  9. The Big Sleep says:

    Been waitin' on this one for months now, thanks for fillin' the request Mike.

  10. dochiphop says:

    wow.. supa tight post. Thanx to all who made this one happen. The R, the best mc to ever bless the mic!!

  11. SAJR says:

    Dope shit man thanks

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    it's weird these are numbered 3, 4 and 5. anyone have the entire vls/instrumentals? also, the file names don't match the picture above. any info on that?? thx for this up so much!!

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