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Paid In Full

Eric B. & RakimAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fourth & Bway / Pgd
  • ASIN: B000005HSR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This debut album, basically a collection of early singles ("Eric B. Is President," "I Know You Got Soul," the title track), is the motherlode of late-'80s New York rap--assured, serious, and hugely influential. Rakim, a rapper's rapper, is the Chow Yun-Fat of hip-hop: cool as steel, absolutely calm, absolutely deadly. His verbal wit and rhythmic gift go hand-in-hand. He flows like a waterfall, playing around the beat, leaping from one ingenious phrase to another, letting the words do all the work. And Eric B.? He comes up with some straightforward but effective backing tracks (he favors James Brown grooves), scratches on a couple of block-rocking instrumentals, and makes room for the master to do his thing. --Douglas Wolk

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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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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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good you won't believe it... July 9, 2006
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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
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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 Arguably the Greatest August 10, 2002
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Before this album dropped, Hip Hop and fat shoe laces were in fashion and each stood as good a chance as the other to remain in vogue. Some talented acts like Run- DMC, the Fat Boys, Whodini and Kurtis Blow kept Hip Hop on the radar scope but rap as a staple genre was nowhere near being a fixture in our culure. And then we heard Rakim, Hip-Hop's first true artist. His flow was in fact, just like the waters of the Nile: cool, deep, and flowing north against the grain of every MC out there at the time and most since. Rakim's flow seemed somehow ahead of its time yet familiar, as if he'd always been there, from the ancient Pyramids to suede Pumas, all the while whistling his melody. This album cemented hip hop in our culture and Rakim still remains the standard by which all great MCs are measured. That makes Paid in Full arguably the greatest hip hop album and one of the most important albums of all time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars loved every song
wow,wow,wow,back in the day. this is a masterpiece,loved every song,wow.
Published 1 month ago by Mark S. Jackson
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 3 months ago by V. Aub
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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 5 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 6 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 7 months ago by robb sososikwitit
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL HIP HOP
Published 7 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 8 months ago by Dale Perry
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