Today In Hip-Hop: Eric B. & Rakim Release ‘Paid In Full’ Debut

On this day, July 7, in hip-hop history… 1987: Eric B. & Rakim released one of the most influential rap albums of all time. Paid In Full was an all-around perfect album, from their Dapper Dan custom suits and gold jewelry on the cover to Rakim’s superior MCing skills. This was a debut with records that still hold up. Paid In Full came on the heels of Run-DMC hitting the mainstream. As a pair, Eric B. and Rakim revolutionized hip-hop into something that was poignant and worth studying. Eric B. offered stripped-down production—even approaching a few tracks with nothing but scratch and ...

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