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One of the most influential rap albums of all time, Eric B. & Rakim's Paid in Full only continues to grow in stature as the record that ushered in hip-hop's modern era. The stripped-down production might seem a little bare to modern ears, but Rakim's technique on the mic still sounds utterly contemporary, even state-of-the-art — and that from a record released in 1987, just one year after Run-D.M.C. hit the mainstream. Rakim basically invents modern lyrical technique over the course of Paid in Full, with his complex internal rhymes, literate imagery, velvet-smooth flow, and unpredictable, off-the-beat rhythms. The key cuts here are some of the most legendary rap singles ever released, starting with the duo's debut sides, "Eric B. Is President" and "My Melody." "I Know You Got Soul" single-handedly kicked off hip-hop's infatuation with James Brown samples, and Eric B. & Rakim topped it with the similarly inclined "I Ain't No Joke," a stunning display of lyrical virtuosity. The title cut, meanwhile, planted the seeds of hip-hop's material obsessions over a monumental beat. There are also three DJ showcases for Eric B., who like Rakim was among the technical leaders in his field. If sampling is the sincerest form of admiration in hip-hop, Paid in Full is positively worshipped. Just to name a few: Rakim's tossed-off "pump up the volume," from "I Know You Got Soul," became the basis for M/A/R/R/S' groundbreaking dance track; Eminem, a devoted Rakim student, lifted lines from "As the Rhyme Goes On" for the chorus of his own "The Way I Am"; and the percussion track of "Paid in Full" has been sampled so many times it's almost impossible to believe it had a point of origin. Paid in Full is essential listening for anyone even remotely interested in the basic musical foundations of hip-hop — this is the form in its purest essence. [In 2005, Island reissued the album and added a pair of bonus tracks — the radio mix of "As the Rhyhme Goes On" and the Coldcut "Mini Madness" remix of "Paid in Full" — to the original track list.]

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Spaces and Places i've been...

It's been a little over 20 years since i walked into The Wiz record store in New York City, to buy this album. I remember looking at the cover while trying my best to guess, which person was Eric B. and which was Rakim. This was the time i grew up in... music videos were complete luxuries and DJ's were highly respected. They "broke" records, played them religiously and didn't need payola to play them. Many of the songs on this album were 12-inch singles, that were released pretty far from one another. "Eric B. for President/My Melody" was released on the Zaakia label... and what a hard record that was to find. "I Know You Got Soul" was released on the 4th & Broadway label... almost a year later. By the time this record came out... it was the lead single "Paid In Full" that would be its selling point... and also the song that would take this duo to the legendary status. As i think back to my feelings of playing this album for the first time, i can remember loving to have my favorite songs on one piece of vinyl. Would i have said that this album was a classic back then? No. There were songs i didn't like and not enough songs that i hadn't already heard... but i oh how i loved this group. The rawness and maturity level i felt when listening to Rakim spit... the first-time usage of certain samples while replaying classic R&B grooves over them... the outfits they wore and the ways that they wore them - resembled the high rollers on my block... i felt like the streets were being brought to a unique place that i could not stray from. To say that this album is a classic means nothing to me... but the classic-ness of the times it came out in, is what it was really all about.

The Bible of Rap

This album is the Bible of Rap. When it dropped, it made us realize what rap was meant to be. Rakim is the smoothest rapper in the whole ENTIRE world and no one can touch him. This album represents what rap is all about. Snoop, Jay-Z and all you others out there.......have a seat, class is in session.

yo this is amazing

every 1 knos this a classic but yo no one talks bout eric b so imma say it eric b is the sickest dj of all time and rakim is one of the best emcees. So lil nelly and 50 cent lovers be quiet school is in session


Fecha de formación: Queens, New York, NY, 1985

Género: Hip-Hop/Rap

Años de actividad: '80s, '90s

They never had a mainstream hit of their own, but during rap's so-called golden age in the late '80s, Eric B. & Rakim were almost universally recognized as the premier DJ/MC team in all of hip-hop. Not only was their chemistry superb, but individually, each represented the absolute state of the art in their respective skills. Eric B. was a hugely influential DJ and beatmaker whose taste for hard-hitting James Brown samples touched off a stampede through the Godfather of Soul's back catalog that...
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