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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Rewind: 1987 - Eric B. and Rakim drop 'Paid in Full

Dedicated to CJ MacIntosh 

Paid In Full
Released 7th July 1987
4th and Broadway (Island)
Produced by Eric B. and Rakim
US Chart 58
UK Chart 85

One from the "Golden Age of Hip-Hop". I have to say that whilst I'm not a huge fan of Hip-Hop, at least what passes today for Hip-Hop, there was a moment in time when there were actually quite a few things of the Hip-Hop variety that I really enjoyed - KRS-One, Public Enemy, Mantronix, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh, 3rd Bass, Roxanne Shante, Gang Starr, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Afrika Bambata, Cookie Crew, A Tribe Called Quest, EPMD - well that's actually more than a few things! Anyway before it went daft and everyone thought they were gangstas and that every girl was a ho, there was actually some really interesting stuff around and Eric B and Rakim fitted right into that bunch of new sounds.

Eric B demonstrated a bit of a different style of Rapping prefering a more laid back approach of delivery as compared to the attack the Mic form of someone like Public Enemy for instance. It set him apart a bit and of course after the release of this album there were a lot more imitators.

The single 'I Know You Got Soul' suddenly made James Brown a popular person to sample and M/A/R/R/S (featuring CJ MacIntosh on the turntables along with Dave Dorrell) sampled the phrase 'Pump Up The Volume' to great effect by having a hit record that took the #1 spot for two weeks back in 1987.

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