Paid in Full [Bonus Tracks]

Paid in Full [Bonus Tracks]

by Eric B. & Rakim
     
 

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One of the most influential hip-hop acts of the 80s, Eric B. & Rakim defined the sound of hardcore hip-hop when they debuted with Paid in Full in 1986. Celebrated as one of the top MCs of all time, Rakim hypnotized fans with his monotone delivery and complex lyrics ("Eric B. for President") inspired by the lessons of the Five Percent

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One of the most influential hip-hop acts of the 80s, Eric B. & Rakim defined the sound of hardcore hip-hop when they debuted with Paid in Full in 1986. Celebrated as one of the top MCs of all time, Rakim hypnotized fans with his monotone delivery and complex lyrics ("Eric B. for President") inspired by the lessons of the Five Percent Nation of Gods and Earths-an offshoot of the Nation of Islam. Meanwhile DJ/Producer Eric B. created hard knocking beats by layering James Brown samples ("I Know You Got Soul") with obscure sounds ("My Melody"). Paid in Full eventually went gold and spawned several hip-hop classics, including "I Ain't No Joke" and "Move the Crowd."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602498804223
catalogNumber:
000432302
Rank:
20879

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric B. & Rakim   Primary Artist
Matt Black   scratching

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Bobby Byrd   Composer
Patrick Adams   Engineer
Eric B. & Rakim   Audio Production
Marley Marl   Remixing
Raine Shine   Remixing
Rakim   Composer
Elai Tubo   Engineer
Benny Nagari   Arranger
Eric B.   Composer,Producer
Tom Terrell   Liner Notes
David Corio   Reissue Photography
William Griffin   Composer
Ruth Kaplan   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Ron Contarsy   Cover Photo
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Steve Griffin   Composer
Coldcut Crew   Remixing
Robert Hill   Executive Producer

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