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Rakim To Perform ‘Paid In Full’ In Its Entirety In NYC


(AllHipHop News) Any list of greatest rap albums in history without Eric B. & Rakim’s Paid in Full is incomplete. The masterful 1987 body of work is considered a benchmark in the evolution of lyricism for Hip Hop culture, and now fans in the New York City area will get to experience Rakim performing the classic in full.

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The rap legend is set to run through the entire album on July 13 at NYC’s B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Concert goers will hear Rakim rap classic songs such as the title track “Paid In Full” and the lead single “Eric B. Is President.”

Paid In Full has been named one of the “500 Greatest Albums Of All Time” by Rolling Stone. Slant listed the LP in its 100 Best Albums of the 1980s” article. Time magazine included it as one of the “All-TIME 100” albums of the 1980s. In addition, the certified platinum project has inspired numerous rappers including Nas, Jay Z, and 50 Cent.

Tickets for “RAKIM – Performing Paid in Full” are available at Ticketmaster.

Paid In Full

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  • Miss.S

    ok BUT. is Eric B dj’ing?

    • Xxplosive 1

      Nope.

    • TheAfroRican

      Highly doubt it.

  • TheAfroRican

    Interesting….but performing “Eric B. Is President” without Eric B. is going to be very awkward.

  • I ain’t feeling this one. How you gonna perform “Eric B. Is President” without Eric B.? The mistreatment of Eric B is one of the greatest f*ckovers in hip hop history. Dude made all of the beats and gets basically no credit for those sh*ts. Cats try to pretend that it was only Rakim that was legendary. But just like Jay Z without Just Blaze and Kanye West, Rakim wouldn’t have ever reached legendary status if Eric B wasn’t behind the boards. The proof is in what Rakim has done as a solo artist (luke warm at best). Stop f*cking dude over Ra. This is a bad look.

    • Scheme Almighty

      Marley Marl & Rakim also produced on this album. Eric B did not do all the production and please do a fact check when inciting those types of statements. Just because someone isn’t credited does not mean they did not contribute. Let’s not forget Large Professor and others as well.

    • Scheme Almighty

      Oh and where are Eric B’s hits after the split? Lol

      • About the same…. These two were a group. Period. Just like EPMD. They made a little noise outside the group being producers and maybe one hit, but they are in history as a group. That is when they were at their most powerful. You can’t say Rakim is a legend without saying Eric B is a legend. They are permanently connected in hip hop history. Any movement to separate the two is f*cking retarded.

    • SAD_FACED_CLOWN

      Eric B didn’t produce any of that shit. Marly Marl did. In Fact Rakim did most of the scratching. Eric B is not a DJ in real life. He was a street dude/ financier that paid to be included.

      • Scheme Almighty

        Lol

      • Actually you’re wrong as f*ck homie. The album was RECORDED in Marley Marl’s home studio. Production is credited to both artists but Eric B. did the production. If you had the album you could see that. But for you new n*ggas you can check Wikipedia. It even lists it there.

      • Mec-One

        Bruh it’s not Wikipedia, this comes from the mouths of Rakim & Marley Marl …..check youtube

      • I don’t see Marley Marl on the album credits. Did you? Check the album itself and also search on the Internet (I did both). I’m inclined to believe the album credits over all. Because that is where the money is going. I seriously doubt Marley Marl will let that cash go if he did it. That’s basic common sense.

      • Mec-One

        Bruh, Eric B was Marley Marl roommate at the time & Marl has a video on YouTube detailing how he made the tracks and how he’s not credited on the album to jump start Eric B career ……Eric B never denies this ……

      • I hear what you saying but I go by the album. Who gets the cheddar? You’re getting a one-sided argument on business from Rakim and Marley Marl (which is probably the reason Eric B. And Rakim haven’t spoken in years). In instances where folks have beef, I rely on hardcore facts. And nowhere on that album is Marley Marl listed as a producer. Nowhere. I challenge you and anybody else to show me an album cover that lists MarleyMarl as the producer and NOT Eric B. Who collects the check? Ain’t no n*ggas working for free. Especially not in the crack baby 80’s. Please…

      • Mec-One

        LOL really dude? You act as if misprints or info being left out never happened on album credits …..but in this instance Marley says he was not credited on the strength of helping Eric B ….

      • The Notorious GUNS

        I’m usually on point with you on the boards but in this instance you’re half right. Marley is actually credited (along with MC Shan) as mixing “Eric B Is President/My Melody” on the OG 12″ inch single. And then credited again as “remixing” both on the album. Eric (being a WBLS mobile DJ guy) wanted to make a record so he sought out the nicest MC someone (Alvin Toney) could link him with. Freddie Foxxx was MIA, so Rakim was the next person in line.

        In regards to EBIP, Eric bought the Over Like A Fat Rat sample, & Ra bought the Funky President drums to Marley. Legend has it (according to MC Shan) they laughed at Rakim’s rhyme & style. Marley indeed hooked it up as a favor thinking nothing of it. Once it blew though, they were on their own to follow up. Interestingly, Rakim credits himself as hooking up beats for all of their albums solo. Paul C did some work on LTRHE, but passed away in the middle (which is why he gets an RIP on the back cover) & Large Professor finished what Paul started. Eric supposedly never produced anything, but his name was credited as such. Even on Kool G Rap & Polo’s Wanted Dead or Alive LP, Large Pro was putting in ghost-produced work. I do agree they should perform it together. And for the record there’s no real beef with them. Eric B used to have this internet radio show & Rakim was on an episode where they cleared the beef rumor. I believe it’s on YouTube too.

      • Xxplosive 1

        Facts…but still Eric is still hip hop let’s not get it twisted lol.

      • takin over the carter

        na eric b did the scratches on paid in full and some production…. but its tru he was not a real dj if you listen close them scratches are weak ….. not sure about the royalties and how that went.. but i know eric stepped off to do some gospel and has been low key since with a lil production here and there for some artisit..

    • THE ALMIGHTY MIKEY ESCO!!!

      DO YA GOOGLES HOMIE!!! FK YO FEELINGS!!!

  • TRUTH SPEAKER

    This whole thing of rappers doing complete albums live is corny. I hate to say this but It just shows how basic most hiphop fans and artists are. I don’t want to go and hear a copy of a cd performed live. That’s boring. No surprises.
    I want a unique show experience like James Brown would do. Different arrangements and remixes, medleys, etc.

    • THE ALMIGHTY MIKEY ESCO!!!

      YOU GOT TO BE FKN STUPID!!! I WOULD KILL TO SEE THIS PERFORMANCE!!!
      FK YO FEELINGS!!!

      • TRUTH SPEAKER

        cuz you’re corny.

    • Mec-One

      Dude, your comment makes it clear that you’ve never been to a Rakim show ….. don’t be fooled and don’t deprive yourself of seeing and supporting a legendary artist

      • Tish Houston

        Thank.You he don’t know history is about to be made the best That EVER done it

      • TRUTH SPEAKER

        WTF is wrong with you internet people???? Any real man should know never to assume things. “dude”, I’ve seen Rakim live. A Rakim show alone, not no festival line up ish. And Fat Joe showed up unannounced and did “Make it Rain” in the middle of the show. True story.

      • Mec-One

        But but but did you not just assume how the album would be performed …….we can share this L lol

      • TRUTH SPEAKER

        I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a dj with instrumentals and him just going track for track…….and i just thought it was weird that in a Rakim show, of all songs for Fat Joe to do, he chose Make it Rain.

      • STEPH

        Sooooo true!

    • yomomma

      to each his own and respect your comment …but if your an old school fan or rakim fan this is a must and youll never know how the show will be unless u attend,rakim in nyc performing paid in full…im sure its gonna be fire

      • takin over the carter

        man wish i was back home for that…. he need to slide out to vegas with that or tour that

      • Tish Houston

        Beyond fire Damn I want to go

    • STEPH

      He stayed away from rap, it’s not like you see him on the computer everyday, on videos, at clubs and for me and I was around (I was young) but this is a once in a lifetime thing…When you think of Hip Hop (not to be disrespectful, I don’t know how old you are) but this is it. For that man to come out the wazoo and perform one of the best albums of all time…..PRICELESS! I understand Lil Wayne unplugged, Jay Z unplugged, Drake unplugged I totally agree, but this is Rakim, the uniqueness is that he’s actually doing it, and you may never see it again.

      • TRUTH SPEAKER

        I feel you but that seems to be a trend now for true school artists.

    • hoeyuno

      All genre’s of music do that. All the rock groups from the 60’s and 70’s did lots of live albums.

      Sidenote: James Brown did 12 live albums

      Just two cents from my basic hip hop ass

      • TRUTH SPEAKER

        Nothing against live albums….great thing about the groups in the 60s and 70s that did them is that a lot of times the live versions were better than the studio versions! Now that’s a mark of true talent.

        And the live albums you refer to weren’t carbon copies of the studio LPs. Which is what I’m against.

  • Markus

    That’s going to be an great trip down memory lane.

  • The Gary Group

    Did him and Eric B fall out or what happened?

  • yomomma

    would be cool if eric b was there too but hes far from the rap game…buying my tickets

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  • meanygreene

    I read somewhere it was originally supposed to be Eric b and Freddie fox.

    • Ryan Cole

      That is correct. He’s even on the back cover of the album.

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