Paid In Full (album) by Eric B. & Rakim

Paid In Full
Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim (1987)
Overall rank: 839th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top 20 albums of 1987 (15th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (129th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (839th)

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From junodog4 08/09/2018 16:48
Rakim was so good. He really raised the bar.
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90/100
From joannajewsom 04/07/2018 17:12
The instrumentals get in the way, but the rest is still incredible 30+ years later. I understand those who see the production as dated, but most of these beats still knock despite that.

And the real star here is Rakim's rapping. His wordplay, rhyme patterns, and delivery still hold up--they do more than merely hold up; they're great. This the the most meta- rap album in history probably. Every song, even the title track, is ultimately about how great of a rapper he is. And yet the content never bores me because Rakim is that creative.
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80/100
From stangetzaway 05/03/2017 02:36
Some enjoyable beats but at the end of the day it's middle class volvo rap. Nothing wrong with that but not as compelling as some of their more socially conscious contemporaries.
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From F1Aaron 10/11/2016 02:36
Pretty cool old school hip hop album, while the genre has most certain evolved out of this in the years past, I think this is still a fun record to listen to. Was pretty cool to Rakim rap.
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From Finky 04/14/2016 09:05
This album is regarded as one of the key albums in the development of rap. In my opinion, this album seems boring when compared to today's rap and hip-hop. It's actually very sparse, mostly Rakim's calmly-delivered raps over drum-machine beats and scratching. The sampling seems very light. People may have danced to this back in the day, but I don't think people would dance to it now. Rakim's rhymes are good -- there's a lot of internal rhymes -- but not great. On the plus side, there don't seem to be any swear words on this album, nor are there denigrating references to women. I don't think the "n-word" appears on this album either. Like some of the other commenters, I don't think this has aged well.
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From PsychologistHD 07/26/2015 18:14
Just a perfect example of everything that was right about 80's hip-hop.
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From louisjwyatt 04/07/2015 04:12
Maybe I had to be there in 1987 to actually appreciate this. The rapping is a little bit elementary. The songs are certainly enjoyable though.
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From babyBlueSedan 03/28/2015 17:47
Proof that "seminal" doesn't always equate to good. Rakim's lyrics are great, but once you've heard albums like Liquid Swords or anything by DOOM the internal rhyming doesn't sound quite as hard hitting. And the production also hasn't aged well, as people have said. Not a bad album by any means (it's actually a really enjoyable listen), but it's not mind blowing either.
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From swhaze 06/27/2014 22:39
Straight up sick old school rap. MC dominated with plenty of mixing and scratching in the background.
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From henrygreen0203 09/23/2013 21:46
This is a good example of a clean record for people who haven't listened to much hip hop.

Rakim's lyrics outdo Eric B's turntable work. His lyrical flow is relentless and clever, and his cool delivery was unlike a lot of the music coming out at that time. Eric B's turntable work is fun but very outdated and his instrumental tracks do poorly without Rakim's MC work.

#1 Greatest Hip Hop album of all time, according to MTV
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