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Paid in Full
Eric B. & Rakim Lyrics

[Eric B]: Yo Rakim what's up?

[Rakim]: Yo I'm doing the knowledge E. I'm trying to get paid in full

[E]: Well check this out since Nobry Walters is our agency right?

[R]: True

[E]: Kara Lewis is our agent

[R]: Word up

[E]: Zakia/4th & Broadway is our record company

[R]: Indeed

[E]: Okay so who we rollin with?

[R]: We rollin with Rush

[E]: Of Rushtown Management. Check this out since we talking over

This def beat that I put together, I want to hear some of them

Def rhymes, know what I'm sayin? And together, we can get

Paid in full...

Thinkin of a master plan

'cause ain't nuthin but sweat inside my hand

So I dig into my pocket, all my money is spent

So I dig deeper but still comin up with lint

So I start my mission- leave my residence

Thinkin how could I get some dead presidents

I need money, I used to be a stick-up kid

So I think of all the devious things I did

I used to roll up, this is a hold up, ain't nuthin funny

Stop smiling, be still, don't nuthin move but the money

But now I learned to earn 'cause I'm righteous

I feel great! so maybe I might just

Search for a 9 to 5, if I strive

Then maybe I'll stay alive

So I walk up the street whistlin this

Feelin out of place 'cause, man, do I miss

A pen and a paper, a stereo, a tape of

Me and Eric be , and a nice big plate of

Fish, which is my favorite dish

But without no money it's still a wish

'cause I don't like to dream about gettin paid

So I dig into the books of the rhymes that I made

To now test to see if I got pull

Hit the studio, 'cause I'm paid in full

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@Lazaro Rodriguez You are right. Another thing people forget is that this was NEW and creative THEN. Like we had not heard anything like this when this came out. Eric B. and Rakim and other producers of the time came up with these combinations no one else had thought up of before.

People Under The Stairs (were) and others are still making beats and sounds too.

But music evolves and changes.

I wouldn't mind some of current soul singers to bring back that James Brown sound either. James Brown inspired alot of the early rap breakbeat sound. Maybe Lee Fields with some Anderson Paak?

There is some decent music today by real rappers. You just have to look for it off mainstream commercial stuff.

What we need is return to fundamentals. Producer musicians and vocalists that appreciate the art in its purest form. Not just computer studio beat manipulators but guys that can actually play and make new sounds and original music and can rhyme and flow worth a damn.
Guys that can tell a message or story but make it interesting while rhyming. Not just repeating some cliche over looped beats.

tzahi bar

Btw, that woman singing in the background does that in Hebrew.
She is saying:
"If generous's doors are locked, God's doors are open"

It's from an old traditional poetry.

Check out:
עפרה חזה - אם ננעלו

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Dennis Bergkamp

Please tell me Someone Is Still listening to this masterpiece in 2021



Bird Gang


Millz ODay

I am

twisted view labs

Still a banger...a true timeless classic


Of course

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This shit is art. This track was so ahead of it’s time. Eric B and Rakim were so insanely brilliant. We even knew it in 1988 y’all.

twisted view labs

33 years later and it still slaps

Andy Best

It really puts into context how over-produced and bland a lot of music is now.

William Henneberger

Futuristic. Imagine how good this song sounded in the 80s? I was there and when I tell you this was LIFE, I'm not lying. He was a 2000s/2020s rapper transported back in time. Eric B. as well, with these clever samples.

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