Join us for a free outdoor concert with hip hop icon & revolutionary emcee Rakim, with a special opening performance featuring NJPAC & Rutgers-Newark’s City Verses project and NJPAC Arts Education.

Rakim first exploded onto the scene with the release of the iconic Eric B. is President with longtime DJ collaborator Eric B. The single raised the bar for future emcees and revolutionized the way rhymes are delivered to this day. Billboard, Rolling Stone and hip hop fans everywhere consider Rakim’s Paid in Full to be “the greatest hip hop album of all time.” Don’t miss his special appearance at Horizon Foundations Sounds of the City.

About Horizon Foundations Sounds of the City

Our famous FREE outdoor concert series brings residents together every week in Chambers Plaza. It’s a dance party with a festival atmosphere—and you’re invited!

This event is presented in partnership with City Verses:

City Verses: Amplifying New Voices Through Jazz and Poetry

In this one-of-a-kind program co-founded by NJPAC and Rutgers-Newark, discover the extraordinary connection between poetry and jazz. These two art forms have intertwined throughout history, and now it’s your turn to create the magic that happens when they play together!


Safety is our priority at all events, including outdoor events like Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City. Outdoor events will take place within a secure, gated enclosure with limited capacity. Here’s what you need to do to have a safe and fun time.


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