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Paid in Full [Original recording remastered]

Eric B. & RakimAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0008KLVVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Ain't No Joke
2. Eric B. Is on the Cut
3. My Melody
4. I Know You Got Soul
5. Move the Crowd
6. Paid in Full
7. As the Rhyme Goes On
8. Chinese Arithmetic
9. Eric B. Is President
10. Extended Beat
11. As the Rhyme Goes On [Radio Mix][*]
12. Paid in Full [Mini Madness-The Coldcut Remix][*]

Editorial Reviews

Universal Music Enterprises is proud to present expanded editions of Eric B. & Rakim's masterful one-two punch, 1987's 'Paid In Full' & straight-in-'88's 'Follow The Leader'. Each hip hop masterpieces in their own right - Paid In Full carries 'I Ain't No Joke', 'I Know You Got Soul', 'Eric B. Is President' & The massive title track 'Paid In Full', while Follow The Leader bears 'Microphone Fiend', 'Lyrics Of Fury', 'The R' and its blistering title track "Follow The Leader" - both albums are augmented with bonus tracks, liner notes and detailed annotations and rare photos. MCA. 2005.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST THE BLUE PRINT, THE FOUNDATION February 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is how it's supposed to be done. The first hip-hop album that I can remember to have universal appeal. By that I mean the hip-hop universe. The Eric B for president beat seemed ubiquitous back in 87, 88 and I still couldn't get enough of it. Hip-hop was really starting to emerge and Eric B and Rakim had taken the vanguard ushering in a new style of hypnotically seductive beats laced with a smooth intricate rhyme style. A true classic.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip-hop doesn't get much better than this January 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Eric B & Rakim's debut album Paid In Full has stood the test of time as one of the best hip-hop albums ever released. Even though their third album Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em is more consistent, few hip-hop albums, if any, have boasted as many classic tracks as Paid In Full. Rakim reinvented rap with his creative rhymes and smooth delivery while Eric B. remains one of the best ever at the turntable. This album has also been sampled by several rappers and musicians over the years, most notably Eminem and Limp Bizkit.

Paid In Full plays almost like a greatest hits album as many of the tracks are now hip-hop standards. "I Know You Got Soul" is one of their best tracks, so revered in fact that even Rolling Stone recognized it as one of the top 500 songs of all time. "Eric B. For President" is also one of their most memorable tracks particularly because of its "Make 'em clap to this" hook. "I Ain't No Joke" with its snappy horn lines, Eric B.'s stellar turntable work, and Rakim's rapid-fire lyrics is also very strong. The tracks "My Melody" and "Move The Crowd" are killer, featuring memorable backing tracks and Rakim's laid-back delivery which is so impressive that it seems almost effortless. "As The Rhyme Goes On" is slow and menacing as Rakim raps over a very deep bass line. Eric B. gets to showcase his skills on the instrumentals "Eric B. Is On The Cut" and "Chinese Arithmetic" although the latter gets too repetitive after a while. The last track "Extended Beat" is basically just the backing track for "Move The Crowd." Last but not certainly not least is "Paid In Full", one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever recorded that's been sampled by so many artists for its memorable bass line and percussion. A classic hip-hop album that should be owned by all fans of the genre. Highly recommended.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good you won't believe it... July 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best hip hop CDs that I own. Eric B. & Rakim are one of the best DJ/MC duos of all time and this CD shows why. It starts off with the unbelievable "I Ain't No Joke", and from start to finish, it is unbelievable. For starters, on every track that Rakim raps on, he kills it. He is one of the best (if not the best)lyricists of all time. He showcases lyrics that not only have incredibly complex rhyme schemes, but also make sense to whatever he's saying (meaning he doesn't throw in words just to sound good, he does it because it fits with what he is saying. His flow is very hard to match on this CD. He has such a great flow that it all sounds natural to him, and it sounds so perfect when he says it. Now for te beats. Eric B. was on the top of his game on this CD. The three instumental tracks on the CD are all great, as Eric B. is one of the best to ever be on the turntables. He laces every beat so well and it compliments Rakim perfectly on every single track he raps on. Oh, and on the track "I Know You Got Soul", Eric B. becomes the first to sample another song when he samples James Brown. So we have a great and highly influential DJ, and a MC who made a lot of innovations to lyrics. It just makes me sad that rappers like Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, and others can say that Rakim is highly influential and important to them, and then make pathetic songs that are a disgrace to his legacy (not to mention how Lil Wayne now calls himself "The Greatest Rapper Alive" what a joke!). But anyways, this is a truly great album, and if you love old school hip hop, or just want a change of pace from the MTV hip hop that is polluting the airwaves, then check this out. Whether you are trying to start a collection, or making an addition to your music library, you cannot go wrong with this CD. Plus, it is $7.99, when Lil Wayne CDs are a lot more expensive, better music at a nice low price.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get It While You Still Can April 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
After years of dealing with the rap today we need to turn our attention directly to masterpiece albums like this one. In 2003 I just couldn't take anymore and if 03 wasn't enough then 05 and 06 is definitely going to do it for the rest of my generation except for the mindless ones. I went out and bought every album I could and I don't call it Old School I call it Real hip hop. Paid in Full is one of the best albums I have in my collection and I see why Nas loves Rakim. If you ask me it's in the top 5 greatest albums of all time. The production is perfect and it helps present the perfect blend of lyrics and beats that go hand and hand together. Rakim is nothing short of classic and neither is Eric B.. It's an album that anyone that considers themself a true hip hop head must have and anyone that is a collector of essential music should study it. If anyone has a top 5 greatest rappers of all time without Rakim then they can't honestly say they've heard Paid In Full.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one's for real. February 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Wow. I love this album. I am filing this one under Quality. This album is raw and experimental. The rhymes on here are ingenious and consistently creative. Paid in Full and I Know You Got Soul have to be two of my favorite songs ever. I don't want to be one of those old school whiners who complains how everything these days is crap and this is when it was done right, but upon listening to this I have to say that, wow, this is how it's done. And let me tell you, "the beat is fresh". Eric B. and Rakim were opening some innovative doors with this one. I have more to say but I got to get back to listening. Peace.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This album made me fall in love with Hip-Hop
Rakim will always be one of the best and most underrated MC ever. This was the album that made me fall in love with Hip Hop. Read more
Published 1 month ago by V. Aub
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEFINITION OF GOLDEN ERA HIP HOP
Arguably this is the greatest hip hop album ever, one of the greatest albums in music history, the library of congress should give honor to this album, and if the white house... Read more
Published 1 month ago by GM
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is a must have album, the songs are just as relevant as they were in 86. Timeless, perfect album
Published 1 month ago by dee
5.0 out of 5 stars True old school rap.
Great album start to finish. True old school rap that influenced so many rap artists today. Rakim's unique voice with his gift of rhyme coupled with Eric B's skills on the turn... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David H
5.0 out of 5 stars OLD IS GOLD! Now THIS was good rap / hip hop!
This release is excellent, but 'Follow The Leader' was downright AMAZING! The beats and rhymes on this one are real dope! Read more
Published 3 months ago by CQ DX
5.0 out of 5 stars Paid in Full- One of the best Hip Hop albums ever
Paid in Full, has to be one of the best hip hop albums ever.
While not as commercially successful as "The Chronic" by Dre, or other albums "Paid in Full"... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Inclusiv1
5.0 out of 5 stars Da real ol skool hip hop, Son!
Great album. Although I admit I didn't buy dis joint until 1997 during my Fun Luvin Gangsta period, chillin wit Scotty J. Read more
Published 4 months ago by robb sososikwitit
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL HIP HOP
ANOTHER ONE OF MY FAVORITES. THIS MUSIC IS AN ART AND MAKES ME FEEL HAPPY WHEN LISTENING. I RAP ALONG WITH THIS ALL THE TIME. I PLAY IT SO MUCH MY CHILDREN NO THE LYRICS.
Published 5 months ago by LORDDRE7
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed In Full
There is a reason why Rakim is still considered the rapper all others look up to, and it was more than obvious on this ground breaking album. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dale Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best albums ever...
from one of the best emcees ever..RAKIM! this is a classic album that every hip hop fan must own/ cop it!
Published 6 months ago by Aaron D. Gray
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