Eric B. & Rakim’s Paid in Full made hip-hop a true art form, doing for rap what Bob Dylan did for rock in the mid-’60s. ”Paid in Full marked the point when hip-hop grew out of its infancy,” says Dana Smart, who coproduced the recent two-disc deluxe reissue of the CD. Eric B.’s James Brown-driven beats are devastatingly funky, but it?s Rakim’s commanding vocals that make this a classic. Considered by many to be the greatest rapper of all time, he brought technical intricacy, cinematic details, and poetic metaphors to a genre previously ruled by A-B-A-B patterns and simplistic party rhymes. Seventeen years later, the album still sounds astonishing.
(Public Enemy: Michael Ochs Archive)
Posted November 12 2004 — 12:00 AM EST
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