After a much hyped, yet failed stint with Dr. Dre and Aftermath, Rakim has found a new home. Although there was talk of Rakim planning to sign to Talib Kweli’s Blacksmith label some time ago, only one label can state that they have finally inked Rakim to a deal. Bay Area based SMC Recordings – home of Killer Mike, San Quinn, Mistah Fab, Pastor Troy and others - can now lay claim that the “God” emcee has officially signed with the label.
A release went out stating that “SMC Recordings signs the largest act in the history of the company,” as the signing sends a message to the many labels that have long been after the legendary emcee. What this signing also means is that the long awaited The Seventh Seal album will finally see the light of day – although it won’t be before the end of 2008.
The Seventh Seal is now slated for a Spring 2009 release. This will be Rakim’s first solo album since 1999’s The Master.

If he can shake the cobwebs off the mic, then I'm down for this. Don't know about this 2009 release date bullshit:umad:...