If TTL had to pick one to Golden Age album to re-release, 'Paid In Full' would definitely reach Lab consensus. Hell, we jacked the cover for our storefront announcement back in 2001. It's the rare convergence of audio and visual quality that elevates street product into art. The tracklist SWOLE with super-high ratio of classics? Check. Quotables upon quotables on top of drum machine brilliance? Top 5 bootleg gear / outfit coordination / art direction (don't even get us started on DOOKIE ROPE)? Check check and more check. Yeah, this is like your library card into hip-hop nerdom. You're not allowed to mouth along to "Shook Ones" in the club if you can't recite the first verse of "Eric B. Is President." Many producers have sat under the stars and pondered the beautiful moment when Dennis Edwards' bassline was injected into Ashley's Roachclip (the fifth single on the album!). Yeah, we can't even get mad at "Chinese Arithmetic," there's some reverence in those cuts. Or what about Eric B. having the balls to stick the DJ cut as the second track on the album... wait rewind to that first track... the best 808 bass kick intro on album ever?
Our first collaboration with French label Culture Factory / Universal nets this super crispy "Money Green" vinyl pressing complete with printed inner sleeve and sharp cover graphics. Obi-strip 'cause it's an import and adds extra-pop. One time pressing of 500 copies, and that's all.
- Turntable Lab exclusive
- "Money Green" colored vinyl
- French pressing w/ TTL Insitut Audio obi strip
- limited edition of 500, one time pressing only
- music label: 4th & Broadway 2017
- TTL Institut Audio 001
reviewed by the mgmnt 06/2017
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