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

Paid In Full
Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 881st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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77/100 (from 328 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1987 (17th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (131st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (881st)
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1987 - ERIC B. & RAKIM - MOVE THE CROWD / PAID IN FULL REMIXES - 12” Single
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ERIC B & RAKIM Paid In Full ORIG 1987 Cassette Tape ZCBY 4005 4TH & Broadway
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Time left: 1d 2h 12m 42s
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Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim.
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85/100
From 08/09/2018 16:48
Rakim was so good. He really raised the bar.
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90/100
From 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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Rating:  
80/100
From 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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90/100
From 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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50/100
From 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 07/26/2015 18:14
Just a perfect example of everything that was right about 80's hip-hop.
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65/100
From 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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55/100
From 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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100/100
From 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 03/21/2014 00:06
Definitely good/great, however, it feels much longer than it actually is.
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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.
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