Paid in Full
Paid in Full
Studio album by Eric B. & Rakim


7 July 1987


1986-1987 at Marley Marl's home studio and Power Play Studios in New York City


Hip hop




4'th & B'way


Eric B. & Rakim

Eric B. & Rakim chronology


Follow the Leader (1988)

Paid in Full is the debut album by American hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, released in 1987 by 4th & B'way Records. The duo recorded the album at hip hop producer Marley Marl's home studio and Power Play Studios in New York City, following Rakim's response to Eric B.'s search for a rapper to compliment his disc jockey work in 1985. The album peaked at number fifty-eight on the Billboard 200 chart and produced five singles: "Eric B. Is President", "I Ain't No Joke", "I Know You Got Soul", "Move the Crowd" and "Paid in Full".

Paid in Full is credited as a benchmark album of golden age hip hop. Rakim's rapping, which pioneered the use of internal rhymes in hip hop, set a higher standard of lyricism in the genre and served as a template for future rappers. The album's heavy use of sampling by Eric B. also became influential in hip hop production. The record has sold over a million copies and the Recording Industry Association of America certified it platinum in 1995. The back cover features the Paid in Full posse containing famous New York gangsters of the era.

Track listingEdit

All songs performed by Rakim. All songs produced by Eric B., except for "I Know You Got Soul", which is produced by Steve Griffin, and "My Melody" and "Eric B. Is President", which are remixed by Marley Marl. All songs written by W. Griffin and E. Barrier.

No. Title Time
1. "I Ain't No Joke" 3:54
2. "Eric B. Is on the Cut" 3:48
3. "My Melody" 6:46
4. "I Know You Got Soul" 4:46
5.  "Move the Crowd" 3:49
6. "Paid in Full" 3:50
7. "As the Rhyme Goes On" 4:00
8. "Chinese Arithmetic" 4:07
9. "Eric B. Is President" 6:20
10. "Extended Beat" 3:49
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