"Sometimes I could just choke myself with laughter"

- Low
 

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

This album At A Glance
Paid In Full
Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim (1987)
Overall rank: 826th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 294 votes)
  Ratings distribution
Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1987 (15th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (128th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (826th)

Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
Product Details Availability Price

eBay
eBay
Eric B.& Rakim - Paid In Full - 12" 1987 vgc+/ex.con.
Condition: Used
Time left:
10h 46m 57s

Ships to:
Worldwide
£10.00
Go to store

eBay
eBay
Eric B. & Rakim ‎"Paid In Full"  Original 1987 UK Cassette (4th & Broadway )
Condition: Very Good
Time left:
13h 42m 57s

Ships to:
Worldwide
£15.00
Go to store

eBay
eBay
Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full MEGA RARE 12" PICTURE DISC PROMO MAXI SINGLE LP
Condition: Used
Time left:
1d 3h 36m 9s

Ships to:
Worldwide
$247.99
Go to store
  Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the linked website at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.  See full search results on eBay

  My favourite store:  

Eric B. & Rakim bestography

Paid In Full is ranked as the best album by Eric B. & Rakim.

Eric B. & Rakim album bestography « Higher ranked This album (826th) Lower ranked (3,873rd) »
-Paid In FullFollow The Leader

Members who like this album also like: The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest, Loveless by My Bloody Valentine and It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy.

Upcoming concerts (searched for 'Eric B & Rakim')

Apr
03
Wed
20:00
Eric B. & Rakim
House of Blues Cleveland presented , Cleveland, United States. United States
Tickets from $35.00\n (Ticketmaster) Get tickets
 
Apr
04
Thu
20:30
Eric B. & Rakim - Follow The Leader Tour
Saint Andrews Hall, Detroit, United States. United States
Tickets from $35.00\n (Ticketmaster) Get tickets
 
Apr
06
Sat
19:30
Eric B. & Rakim
House of Blues Chicago presented by, Chicago, United States. United States
Tickets from $40.00\n (Ticketmaster) Get tickets
 
Discover more upcoming concerts

Listen to Paid In Full on YouTube

Loading content from YouTube...

Paid In Full rankings

Paid In Full ratings

Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 294 votes)
  Ratings distribution  Average Rating = (n ÷ (n + m)) × av + (m ÷ (n + m)) × AV
where:
av = trimmed mean average rating an item has currently received.
n = number of ratings an item has currently received.
m = minimum number of ratings required for an item to appear in a 'top-rated' chart (currently 10).
AV = the site mean average rating.

Showing latest 5 ratings for this album. | Show all 294 ratings for this album.

Rating
Date logged
Member
No. album ratings
Avg. album rating
 
80/100
17 hours ago
78/100
 
65/100
3 days ago
75/100
 
85/100
03/19/2019 13:54
80/100
 
85/100
02/28/2019 21:42
87/100
 
85/100
02/20/2019 10:35
80/100

Related links: top albums of the 1980s, top albums of 1987.

Please log in or register if you want to be able to leave a rating.

Paid In Full comments

Showing latest 10 comments | Show all 14 comments | Most Helpful First | Newest First
(Only showing comments with -2 votes or higher. You can alter this threshold from your profile page. Manage Profile)

Rating:  
85/100
Rakim was so good. He really raised the bar.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
90/100
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.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
80/100
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.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | -1 votes (1 helpful | 2 unhelpful)
Rating:  
90/100
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.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
50/100
From Finky
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.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (1 helpful | 1 unhelpful)
Just a perfect example of everything that was right about 80's hip-hop.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
65/100
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.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
60/100
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.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
100/100
From swhaze
Straight up sick old school rap. MC dominated with plenty of mixing and scratching in the background.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
50/100
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
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)

Showing latest 10 comments | Show all 14 comments

Please log in or register if you want to be able to add a comment.

Your feedback for Paid In Full

Let us know what you think of this album by adding a comment or assigning a rating below!
Anonymous
Your rating: Login or register to assign a rating to this album.
Your comment: Login or register to comment on this album.
Login or register to add this album to your favourites.
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.

Best Albums of 1987
1. The Joshua Tree by U2
2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
3. Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
4. Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths
5. You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr.
6. Document by R.E.M.
7. Bad by Michael Jackson
8. Louder Than Bombs by The Smiths
9. Hysteria by Def Leppard
10. Sister by Sonic Youth
11. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by The Cure
12. Substance by New Order
13. Music For The Masses by Depeche Mode
14. Kick by INXS
15. Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim
16. Darklands by The Jesus And Mary Chain
17. Diesel And Dust by Midnight Oil
18. Tunnel Of Love by Bruce Springsteen
19. Come On Pilgrim by Pixies
20. Pleased To Meet Me by The Replacements



Copyright © 2005-2019 BestEverAlbums.com. All rights reserved.    Terms of Use  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Us  |   Advertising  |   RSS Feeds  |   Site Map