Paid in Full by Eric B & Rakim Released 35 Years Ago Today

Paid in Full by Eric B & Rakim Released 35 Years Ago Today

Eric B & Rakim is a group that’s synonymous with hip hop. They were part of the original golden age of hip hop. The mid-80s, especially around 1987 and 1988 produced some hip hop classics. 35 years ago today Eric B & Rakim released their Paid in Full album. Paid in Full has been listed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all-time. Rakim influenced a slew of great MCs like Nas, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and many more. Paid in Full has also been named by rappers as one of the most influential projects. Eric B for President was the first single and they dropped that in 1986. They proceeded to dropped four other singles in 1987. About a year later, the iconic duo released their Follow the Leader album. Paid in Full still remains in the rotation after all these years.

My uncle used to keep vinyl records in his room back when this album dropped. Eric B & Rakim, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh and Public Enemy were my favorites. Check out the videos from the album for my Throwback Thursday. I Ain’t No Joke, Move the Crowd, Paid In Full, Eric B is President and I Know You Got Soul are my top 5 tracks. Below you can check out the track listing and stream link for the Paid in Full album.

  1. I Ain’t No Joke
  2. Eric B. Is On the Cut
  3. My Melody
  4. I Know You Got Soul
  5. Move the Crowd
  6. Paid in Full
  7. As the Rhyme Goes On
  8. Chinese Arithmetic
  9. Eric B. is President
  10. Extended Beat

Where are all my old-school hip hop heads? What are your thoughts when it comes to Eric B & Rakim? How about the Paid in Full album? Leave some feedback below about Eric B & Rakim or their Paid in Full joint.

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