Paid in Full (CD)


Eric B. & Rakim

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BillyJam 05/26/2014

Two words come to mind when I think of this Eric B & Rakim album: holy shit. It's an amazing work in and of itself with each track oozing perfection and Rakim proving from the get-go that he's one incredibly gifted emcee. This album helped usher in a whole new era (the golden era) in hip-hop. 45.5 minutes in length, Paid In Full's ten songs are raw and totally satisfying hip-hop. "Eric B is on the cut and my name is Rakim," from "Eric B is President" is not just an eleven word sentence. That well known (and sampled) phrase has long been cemented into the lexicon of hip-hop, as have many of Rakim's other influential lyrics such as “You thought I was a donut. You tried to glaze me” from the same song. "Eric B. Is President" was just one of five singles off the ten track album, which was essentially a kind of hip-hop Singles Going Steady collection. The four others - "I Ain't No Joke," "I Know You Got Soul," "Move the Crowd," and "Paid in Full" - are all equally classic. Note: this was 1987 when the DJ still was equally prominent to the emcee in hip-hop and hence the prevalence of DJ tracks (30%) including "Eric B Is On The Cut," "Chinese Arithmetic," and the closing "Extended Beat."



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
I Ain't No Joke
Eric B. & Rakim 03:56
2.
Eric B. Is on the Cut
Eric B. & Rakim 03:51
3.
My Melody
Eric B. & Rakim 06:49
4.
I Know You Got Soul
Eric B. & Rakim 04:48
5.
Move the Crowd
Eric B. & Rakim 03:48
6.
Paid in Full
Eric B. & Rakim 03:50
7.
As the Rhyme Goes On
Eric B. & Rakim 04:02
8.
Chinese Arithmetic
Eric B. & Rakim 04:10
9.
Eric B. Is President
Eric B. & Rakim 06:20
10.
Extended Beat
Eric B. & Rakim 03:49
11.
As the Rhyme Goes On (Radio Mix)
Eric B. & Rakim 03:53
12.
Paid in Full (Mini Madness: The Coldcut Remix)
Eric B. & Rakim , Coldcut 03:38

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