Ever since the single “Eric B. For President” was released with a young man from Long Island named Rakim Allah in the summer of ’86 (which was produced by Marley Marl), fans were faking more of God with the slow flow, so the two were picked up by Russell Simmons and the genesis of Paid In Full began.
As the prototype album for Hip Hop’s “Golden Age”, everything from the song arrangements, the album artwork, and even his wardrobe on the album cover, became iconic elements of that period. Manufactured and distributed by independent label Zakia / 4th and Broadway Records, the anticipation for the album and the response were so unprecedented that it earned the duo a new deal with Uni Records for the second project.
Some of the top songs from the ten-track classic include “Move The Crowd,” “I Ain’t No Joke,” “I Know You Got Soul,” and the classic title track, “Paid In Full.”
Even though Eric B. and Rakim reunited as a group in 2018, this album solidified them as one of the greatest Hip Hop duos in the history of culture and here at The Source we salute them for that. Peace!