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HIP HOP CLASSICS: Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full Album

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by PauLo, Jul 19, 2020.

  1. PauLo Jul 19, 2020
    (Last edited: Jul 23, 2020)
    PauLo

    43% Burnt

    It’s the time of the week again. Time to discuss and listen to some classic hip hop and hopefully find an album or artist a new fan or two. This week, we’re back in the 80s and we’re discussing an album from a producer and MC duo that, along with Big Daddy Kane, shaped a lot of the hip hop that became popular in the early 90s and beyond. We’re talking about Eric B. & Rakim’s Paid in Full...

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    Yet another album that sounds both of its time yet forward thinking at the same time. There wasn’t many out there that could challenge Rakim on the mic at the time and his rivalry with the before mentioned Big Daddy Kane put a lot more emphasis on rhyme skill and challenged many to keep up.

    @Henry to pin

    Previous classic threads:

    HIP HOP CLASSICS: Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back • forum.chorus.fm
    HIP HOP CLASSICS: Fugees - The Score • forum.chorus.fm
    HIP HOP CLASSICS: OutKast - Stankonia • forum.chorus.fm
    HIP HOP CLASSICS: Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded • forum.chorus.fm
    HIP HOP CLASSICS: A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory • forum.chorus.fm
    HIP HOP CLASSICS: Madvillain - Madvillainy • forum.chorus.fm
     
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  2. Cameron

    FKA nowFace Prestigious

    Just started listening to this last month. Some excellent beats/scratching on this.
     
  3. xapplexpiex

    the past is a grotesque animal Supporter

    Excited to dive into this.
     
  4. Leftandleaving

    I will be okay. everything Supporter

    Feel like I never see this album talked about much even among others of its era, but it’s such a trip
     
  5. williek311

    @wearthicksocks Prestigious

    The title track is just about perfect.
     
  6. Contender

    Goodness is Nowhere Supporter

    This is on constant rotation in my office. Some of my younger clients have been into it.
     
  7. The Lucky Moose

    I'm Emotional, I Hug the Block Prestigious

    Can't look back now, tomorrow's never promised B
    Where I'm from, for president we voted Eric B ~Fat Joe

    Paid In Full is one of the first rap albums I owned. It's one of the 80s rap albums that still absolutely holds up to this day. I Ain't No Joke and I Know You Got Soul are still some of the best rap tracks ever made, if you ask me.
     
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  8. mike1885

    Regular

    Such a good album. I revisited it recently actually because the song Paid in Full was in the most recent season of Ozark. Reminded me I hadn't spun this in ages.
     
  9. PauLo

    43% Burnt

    There's not many classic albums where you can say that half of the songs off it are bona fide classics of the genre. Most classics will have 2 or 3 stand out tracks and a lot of other very good songs round them. This feels different.

    This also feels a lot more special and influential than a lot of others we've talked about and I can't put my finger on why.
     
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  10. The Lucky Moose

    I'm Emotional, I Hug the Block Prestigious

    Because it's one of handful of albums that aren't just classics but specifically reinvented rapping and changed it into what it more or less still is today
     
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  11. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    I remember putting this on for the first time probably around 2008/9 and being shocked at how many beats/rhymes are sampled throughout hip hop. Love this tape.
     
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  12. phaynes12

    playing in the band Supporter

    hell yeah. i remember this being a big one for me in the dorms but i haven't, unfortunately, spun it much since
     
  13. williek311

    @wearthicksocks Prestigious

    The extended cut of paid in full where they sample John Mellancamp over the drums was so dope the first time I heard it.
     
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  14. Marx&Recreation

    Trusted

    Back in the glory days, where all rap was just about how good you were at rapping
     
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  15. Marx&Recreation

    Trusted

    Imagine being literally any other rapper at that time, doing almost exclusively AABB rhymes, and then this comes out and you just fall into a deep depression
     
  16. PauLo

    43% Burnt

    Updated the OP with all the previous classics threads. Will be including them in all future classic threads.
     
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  17. PauLo

    43% Burnt

    Theirs something utterly depressing about seeing a thread for an all time classic hip hop album that changed so much and that only has 16 posts, yet a thread for a bland indie pop record by a singer with a good PR team has over 1000 posts in under a day.

    Ah well.
     
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  18. williek311

    @wearthicksocks Prestigious

    Don’t take it personally. This album ain’t no joke, maybe it just didn’t move the crowd. As these threads continue and the rhyme goes on, maybe this will become more of their melody. People will recognize when Eric b is on the cut you know it’s got soul.
     
  19. PauLo

    43% Burnt

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  20. phaynes12

    playing in the band Supporter

    it’s been a busy week so i didn’t have a ton of time to do a write up like other classics we’ve done but, yeah, this was fantastic lol
     
  21. Cameron Jul 24, 2020
    (Last edited: Jul 24, 2020)
    Cameron

    FKA nowFace Prestigious

    The scratches on this give my car a workout
     
  22. Cameron

    FKA nowFace Prestigious

    After spending a month with this I adore Chinese Arithmetic
     
  23. PauLo

    43% Burnt

    There's not enough scratching in hip hop these days.
     
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