Paid In Full Turns 10: XXL’s Five Favorite Scenes From Cam’ron’s Tour De Force

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    It’s been 10 years since the release of the cult classic “Paid in Full.” The Cadillac of hood cinema, this flick tells the true story of Alpo, Rich Porter and AZ, three Harlem drug dealers trying to make (dollars and) sense of loyalty, deception, greed and friendship. Produced by the good folks at Roc-A-Fella, " Paid in Full" stars PETA’s biggest enemy Cam’ron, Wood Harris and Mekhi Phifer who cleverly string together complex characters and powerful stories with rich costumes and superb slang. The soundtrack (half old school, half Roc-A-Fella roster circa early 2000s) is pretty dope too. Check out XXL’s Top 5 scenes. —<i>Lakeia Brown</i>
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    It’s been 10 years since the release of the cult classic “Paid in Full.” The Cadillac of hood cinema, this flick tells the true story of Alpo, Rich Porter and AZ, three Harlem drug dealers trying to make (dollars and) sense of loyalty, deception, greed and friendship. Produced by the good folks at Roc-A-Fella, " Paid in Full" stars PETA’s biggest enemy Cam’ron, Wood Harris and Mekhi Phifer who cleverly string together complex characters and powerful stories with rich costumes and superb slang. The soundtrack (half old school, half Roc-A-Fella roster circa early 2000s) is pretty dope too. Check out XXL’s Top 5 scenes.— <i>Lakeia Brown</i>
  • Racks on racks on racks
    Racks on racks on racks
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/dUlyzxwRJ-M?version=3&hl=en_US&start=90"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/dUlyzxwRJ-M?version=3&hl=en_US&start=90" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>The film opens with the three friends dining on take out Chinese food, a favorite cuisine in the hood. In between talks about Rico’sdisrespectful behavior at a birthday party (“I picked up the cake, mushed it in his face and told him ‘happy birthday’) and Mitch’s basketball skills, wagers are made. A hefty $5,000--no “double up” and make that $10,000- is on the line for shooting a balled-up paper bag into a trash basket. While champagne, stacks of cash and soy sauce are all on the table, so are their reputations. If you watch carefully, you learn early on that Ace is cautious, Mitch is a risk taker and Rico is a problem.
  • Movin' On Up
    Movin' On Up
    <iframe width="620" height="400" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/U3v6fbpSLAM?list=PLFD3A03A6A02BCAED&hl=en_US" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>After beating a murder wrap, Mitch returns home from jail to find that his best friend Ace has traded in starching clothes at the dry cleaners for slanging crack cocaine on the block. The tables may have turned (it’s now Ace rocking a Rolex, beeper and shining “jewelees”) but the bond between the two remained. Mitch is welcomed home with open arms, a brand new BMW with BBS rims and an open invite to join Ace’s flourishing drug empire.
  • Streets is Watching
    Streets is Watching
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/kTlQzN4g4zE?version=3&hl=en_US&start=252"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/kTlQzN4g4zE?version=3&hl=en_US&&start=252" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>In perhaps the most stirring scene of the film (shout out toMekhi’s acting coach), Mitch breaks down after learning that his brother Sonny has been kidnapped. With tears in his eyes, he emotionally undresses (“I feel naked out here, b”) in front of Ace revealing feelings of fear, vulnerability, confusion and lack. The streets that once embraced Mitch were now testing him.
  • What Goes Up, Must Come Down
    What Goes Up, Must Come Down
    <iframe width="620" height="400" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/loTOBBkppfs?list=PLFD3A03A6A02BCAED&hl=en_US" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>At this point things have turned bad, real bad Michael Jackson. Mitch is dead, his brother Sonny is still being held for ransom and Ace, who barely escaped death himself, is left to figure it all out.Suspicious of Rico, Ace meets up with the Harlem renegade whose story just doesn’t match up. He is left with no other choice but to set up the man who killed his best friend. Undercover DEA enter stage left.
  • Keep Quiet
    Keep Quiet
    <iframe width="620" height="400" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/v9SUwb0Sohc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>After being set up by Ace, Rico is up against a 25 –to- life sentence. As he sits in his designer orange jumpsuit he agrees to snitch on some out-of-town D.C. cats, but no one local. “I’m not snitching on nobody in Harlem ‘cause when I come home I’m still gonna be the king.”
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    whats poppin kermit!!!