Paid In Full

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Release Date: July 7, 1987

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Eric B. & Rakim were a hip hop duo from Long Island, New York, composed of Eric B. and MC Rakim. The duo recorded its debut album, Paid in Full, at Power Play Studios in New York. In 1987, 4th & B’way Records issued the album. After the success of “Eric B. is President”, the album climbed into the Top Ten on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Eric B. would later admit that the album was rushed. “The reason Paid In Full is so short is because we stood in the studio for damn-near a week. The whole album came together in a week. Listen to the lyrics on it and listen to how short they are. That’s because Rakim wrote it right there and we’d been in the studio like for a whole forty-eight hours trying to get the album finished.” Rakim agrees: “[I] used to write my rhymes in the studio and go right into the booth and read them. When I hear my first album today I hear myself reading my rhymes – but I’m my worst critic. That’s what I hear, though – because that’s what it was. I’d go into the studio, put the beat down, write the song in like an hour, and go into the booth and read it from the paper…” Marley Marl stated that his cousin MC Shan was an assistant engineer on some tracks, including the single “My Melody,” though Eric B. denies this. MTV listed the album as the greatest in hip hop history: ‘When Paid in Full was released in 1987, Eric B. and Rakim left a mushroom cloud over the hip-hop community. The album was captivating, profound, innovative and instantly influential. MCs like Run-DMC, Chuck D and KRS-One had been leaping on the mic shouting with energy and irreverence, but Rakim took a methodical approach to his microphone fiending. He had a slow flow, and every line was blunt, mesmeric. And Eric B. had an ear for picking out loops and samples drenched with soul and turned out to be a trailblazer for producers in the coming years.’ On the heels of the albums’ success, the duo signed a deal with MCA.

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