Rakim On Tour

The God MC kicks off his 2017 solo tour on September 14th. Catch the legendary Rakim on a select run through the Midwest and West Coast. More dates TBA soon!

  • September 14 – Urbana, IL (Canopy Club)
  • September 15 – Milwaukee, WI (Turner Hall Ballroom)
  • September 16 – Omaha, NE (New Generation Music Festival)
  • September 17 – Kansas City, MO (Riot Room)
  • September 23 – Fresno, CA (Strummer’s)
  • September 24 – San Diego, CA (House of Blues)
  • September 25 – Los Angeles, CA (The Regent Theater)
  • September 27 – Ventura, CA (Majestic Ventura Theater)
  • September 28 – Sacramento, CA (Harlow’s)
  • September 29 – Oakland, CA (New Parish)
  • September 30  – Eugene, OR (Lane Events Center)
  • October 1 – Portland, OR (Wonder Ballroom)
  • October 3  – Las Vegas, NV (Vinyl)
  • October 4  – Tempe, AZ (The Marquee)
  • October 6 – Oklahoma City, OK (Tower Theatre)

Brought to you by Focused Noise and Adler Music Group.

 

Manager Steve Lobel – Part 2 – How loyalty, integrity and hard work leads to longevity in the music business

Steve Lobel is a legend in the hip-hop game. After getting introduced to the music business by the late great Jam Master Jay from Run-DMC, Steve went on to become one of hip-hop’s most recognizable managers. Currently, Lobel manages the legendary group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and super producer Scott Storch, who has worked with The Roots, Dr. Dre, Fat Joe, and many more.

Steve blesses us with a ton of great stories and advice, including lessons learned from Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen, and others. He prides himself on honesty, and he does not back down from any questions, sharing very personal details and great business guidance. This is a great episode for any aspiring artist, producer, or future executive looking for more insight on advancing his or her career.

Part 2 Highlights:

  • 1:10 Why 50 Cent is a perfect example of success
  • 7:18 Steve started every day out with a Mountain Dew and Snickers bar for decades
  • 10:17 Steve makes a “Things not to do” list instead of a “To do” list
  • 17:14 Steve shares his thoughts about the rappers he knew who passed away
  • 23:35 Why Steve now takes pictures with celebrities
  • 36:11 Do emerging artists need to move to LA or NY to make it?
Episode 1 Guest Steve Lobel
Episode 1 Guest Steve Lobel

Manager Steve Lobel – Part 1 – How loyalty, integrity and hard work leads to longevity in the music business


Steve Lobel is a legend in the hip-hop game. After getting introduced to the music business by the late great Jam Master Jay from Run-DMC, Steve went on to become one of hip-hop’s most recognizable managers. Currently, Lobel manages the legendary group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and super producer Scott Storch, who has worked with The Roots, Dr. Dre, Fat Joe, and many more.

Steve blesses us with a ton of great stories and advice, including lessons learned from Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen, and others. He prides himself on honesty, and he does not back down from any questions, sharing very personal details and great business guidance. This is a great episode for any aspiring artist, producer, or future executive looking for more insight on advancing his or her career.

Part 1 Highlights:

  • 9:22 Steve talks about starting in the music business with Run DMC
  • 12:40 Why people call Steve “The white Russell Simmons”
  • 18:00 Steve talks about finding happiness for the first time in years.
  • 23:14 The worst things about being a manager
  • 33:24 Find out what types of people Steve likes to surround himself with
  • 42:10 What Steve would do if he only had a $5,000 budget to promote an artist
  • 45:10 Steve’s advice to younger artists who would like to approach him
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