January 12, 2019

Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full (1987)

*First pressing. Contains 10 tracks total. A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
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© 1987 4th & Broadway
AllMusic Review by 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.

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8 comments:

  1. thx sentinel one of the best if not the best album of the 80'

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    1. You're welcome. I'm sorry it took so long to publish. This CD is heavily scratched.

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  2. What do u mean by "scratched"?

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    1. He means that his CD is full of scratches and because of this, it took longer to for him to get a clean rip. This is a reference to an earlier comment made a while ago as to why the other Eric B. & Rakim albums were published but not this one. We own many CD's that are old and full of scratches and sometimes it's just not possible for us to clean rip. This happened to me when I tried ripping my "Do or Die" CD and my " Culture Club" CD's. All of them are scratched and all of them took a long time to rip cleanly.

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  3. Thank you for telling me. BTW, I,m the one who commented that on the "Follow The Leader" album😁😁

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    1. There you go. If there was any doubt that we don't read the comments, now you know 😉

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  4. despite the scratches rip is perfectly accurate or has had problems? thank you so much I was looking for the first print and I see the recent publication.as always thanks

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    1. Because the bottom of the CD is scratched, it no longer plays on a standard CD player without skips. It took me a long time to rip because of the scratches, that's all. The rip is clean and has no errors. The CD is just old.

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