Eric Barrier and Rakim Allah (born William Michael Griffin, Jr.) were a hip-hop duo from Long Island, in the borough of Queens, New York, who recorded as Eric B. & Rakim.
The pair is generally considered to be one of the most influential and innovative groups in the hip hop genre. During hip hop's "golden age," they were almost-universally regarded as the premier MC/DJ combo in rap. The two had a potent chemistry and each represented the height of innovation in their respective roles: Rakim was the master lyricist, an innovative talent who pushed the art of hip hop lyricism to new creative heights with his use of internal rhyme, sophisticated metaphors, and with a methodical-yet-effortless delivery; Eric B. built on the hard-hitting beats of Run-D.M.C. by adding James Brown samples and his extensive scratching skills, setting the stage for hip hop's late-80s/early-90s infatuation with samples from the Godfather of Soul. Though they never had much success on the charts, Eric B. & Rakim are commonly considered one of the greatest hip hop acts of all time, and Rakim, because of his innovation, influence, historical importance and tremendous skill is often considered by many fans and critics to be the greatest MC of all time
Paid in Full – The Remixes
Paid in Full is the debut studio album of hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, released on July 7, 1987 through the Island subsidiary label 4th & B'way Records. After Rakim responded to Eric B.'s search for a rapper to complement his disc jockey work in 1985, the duo recorded the album at hip hop producer Marley Marl's home studio and Power Play Studios in New York City. The album peaked at number fifty-eight on the Billboard 200 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 sampling by Eric B. became influential in hip hop production. The record has sold over a million copies and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it platinum in 1995. In 2003, the album was ranked number 227 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness – The Cold Cut remix)
I Know You Got Soul (The Richie Rich MegaMix)
Move the Crowd (The Wild Bunch Remix)
Paid in Full (Derek B’s Urban Respray)
As the Rhyme Goes On (Pumpin the Turbo – Chad Jay in Effect)
Move the Crowd (Beatmix by the Democratic 3 Feat. DJ Slack)
I Know You Got Soul (A Capella)
I Know You Got Soul (Dub)
Eric B is President (Dub)
My Melody (Dub)