Eric B and Rakim Paid in Full
4.2 Ranking: #8 for 1987
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5.0 classicNick Butler EMERITUS | June 23rd 06

The very definition of a hip-hop classic. Rakim reinvented the art of rapping here, moving it away from simple rhymes and shouting toward something more relaxed and poetic. Not to mention that hip-hop's lasting obsession with money starts right here. Don't ignore Eric B's contribution, either - though his techniques here might now seem a little dated and simple, he ranks as one of the most influential DJs ever.

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5.0 classicTyler Plunkett | November 10th 13

Dated as all hell? Of course. But, this album gets away with it because it changed EVERYTHING about the rap game. A classic

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3.5 greatExcentrifugalForz | August 25th 12

I realize this is early in the evolution of hip-hop but listening now I just can't get behind a lot of the beats and samples eric uses, though rakim's raps were always ahead of his time.

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4.0 excellentBiOZed | September 4th 11

Even if it sometimes sound a little simplistic (I won't say outdated), Paid in full is worth a listen only to see how many times it has been sampled/quoted. Rakim's verses are efficient, and Chinese Arithmetic shows Eric B talents. It's also a milestone in Hip-Hop history.

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4.5 superbBulldog | December 22nd 09

On July 11th, 1987, the world population reached 5 billion after a child was born in Zageb, Croatia, according to the United Nations. Four days earlier, on the other side of the world in Long Island, New York, hip hop duo Eric. B & Rakim released an album that would resound across the world for even longer. Paid In Full is an album that still resounds as a classic today amongst hip hop critics for its colorful lyrics; social commentary; simplistic, but good production; and tip-top rapping. DJ Eric Barrier and MC Rakim Allah combine to make the greatest hip hop duo of all time, and one of the best albums. Paid In Full is a 45-minute-long epic of hip-hop and a must have for hip hop and music fans alike.

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0.0 ◘_◘ ◘_◘ ◘_◘ ◘_◘ | April 28th 07

One of the most highly regarded hip-hop albums of all time, or a rusty time capsule that embarrasses more than impresses?

The rhymes and flow are sleep-inducing, except on "I Know You've Got Soul". Beat-wise, Paid in Full is even worse, with horribly dated production and generic, clumsy old school beats. "Eric B. for President" might be one of the worst songs I have ever heard, and that's saying a lot.

Importance and influence do not make up for lackluster material.

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