Eric B. & Rakim ‎– Paid In Full

4th & Broadway ‎– BWAY 4005
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 I Ain't No Joke 3:54
A2 Eric B. Is On The Cut 3:48
A3 My Melody
Remix – Marley Marl
A4 I Know You Got Soul
Written-By – Bobby Byrd
A5 Move The Crowd
Music By – Steve Griffin
B1 Paid In Full 3:50
B2 As The Rhyme Goes On 4:00
B3 Chinese Arithmetic 4:07
B4 Eric B. Is President
Remix – Marley Marl
B5 Extended Beat 3:49

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Mastered at Frankford Wayne Studios, NY.

This version can be identified by its yellow labels (several subsequent pressings were issued with pink labels). There is another version that also has yellow labels. However, the labels on that other variation show a second publishing company, i.e., "Island Music, Inc.", which is not found on this version.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 16244-4005-1 3
  • Barcode (String): 016244400513
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): BWAY-4005A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): BWAY-4005B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): A-1 BWAY-4005-A HERBIE JR (smiley face)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): BWAY-4005 B1 1-1SM1-1 SRC (Large S with the R and C in the loops)
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 56) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
I2 24573 Eric B. & Rakim Paid In Full: The Platinum Edition(2xCD, Album, Club, RE, RP, CRC) Island Records I2 24573 US Unknown Sell This Version
B0004323-02 Eric B. & Rakim Paid In Full(CD, Album, RE, RP) Island Records, UMe, 4th & Broadway B0004323-02 US Unknown Sell This Version
842 589-2 Eric B. & Rakim Paid In Full(CD, Album, RE, RP) 4th & Broadway 842 589-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
006024 98608302 Eric B. & Rakim Paid In Full (Deluxe Edition)(21xFile, WAV) UMC 006024 98608302 USA & Europe 2003
BWAY-4005B, 0600753470596 Eric B. & Rakim Paid In Full(LP, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway, Island Records BWAY-4005B, 0600753470596 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version


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December 26, 2018
Which one of the first Two albums is the OG Press


September 10, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Much respect to the comment from well aware Discoger wordsforthepictures as all sealed original US pressings have the large red hype sticker in upper left hand corner.
I see many sellers here trying to pass of alleged US original sealed copies without the red hype sticker at extortionate prices over the years, so buyers beware!!!!
Oh and yes this is an absolutely essential classic for hiphop lovers world wide as this duo were influential in the development of real modern day hiphop.


March 25, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
Rakim's flow and Eric B's productions created a very influencial hip hop classic album. Sampled and referenced alot since its inception ( YES that's Rakim's voice saying "Pump up the Volume! " in Marrs crossover global blockbuster ), THIS kind of hip hop brings to mind the importance of having a distinct style in a genre ( today many rappers and producers simply bleed into each other in a fog of undistictiveness, that is not the case here!). Tough-ed up, amped-up Soul funk and jazz breaks, all powered up with the electro-funk that reigned supreme in the 80s. Best of all perhaps are Rakim's rhymes, althought abstract, they still make sense to the everyman somehow. As far as rappers go, Rakim still remains one of the freshest, and his vocalization is hip hop itself personaified.


June 10, 2014
To me, this is the best Hip Hop album of all times. Surely a classic record, this Eric B. & Rakim debut was both the pinnacle of Old School rap and the blueprint of a Golden Era New School album. Rakim basically invented flow, he comes with coolness but also strength, making him the true God MC. Every single track is an all-time classic, it is impossible to name the best one. This album, especially Rakim's flow and ahead-of-time lyrics, inspired later great Rap artist such as Nas, Guru and Big L. If you do not own it yet, and I suppose you do, then you should not waist any more lifetime by missing the best Hip Hop album ever, Eric B. & Rakims "Paid In Full"!


May 16, 2013
Hype sticker on first press reads "DOPE REMIXES Eric B. is President / My Melody"


December 25, 2012
An essential in any Hip Hop collection. Old School classic!


March 23, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
Next to Mantronix-Music Madness LP this was yet another ground breaking album for that time.