If you don't have this, you need it. If you don't know this, you are ten years old and we forgive you. Just in case you forgot, "Chinese Arithmetic" is one of the dopest old-school DJ songs (but supposedly Eric B didn't do the cuts?). Eric B looks funny on the cover holding all of $60, but you gotta love the Dapper Dan Gucci suits and super dookie rope chains. Along with the original album, this 3 LP version features numerous remixes and dub versions that were released around the time Paid In Full dropped. If you're not familiar, head straight for Cold Cut's "Seven Minutes Of Music" remix of the title track. It's a legendary remix, commissioned by the label, that apparently was not well received by Rakim. In the end it got them more attention overseas and still stands out today. Paid In Full is one of those hip hop classics that sparked a million imitators and cemented Eric B. & Rakim's legacy as pioneers of the genre. This edition is a must have for any hip hop head. Limited edition 3LP pressing. Recommended.
- music label: 4th & Broadway 1987