Eric B. & RakimPaid In Full

Label:4th & Broadway – BWAY 4005
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Boom Bap, Conscious


A1I Ain't No Joke3:54
A2Eric B. Is On The Cut3:48
A3My Melody
RemixMarley Marl
A4I Know You Got Soul
Written-ByBobby Byrd
A5Move The Crowd
Music BySteve Griffin
B1Paid In Full3:50
B2As The Rhyme Goes On4:00
B3Chinese Arithmetic4:07
B4Eric B. Is President
RemixMarley Marl
B5Extended Beat3:49

Companies, etc.



Mastered at Frankford Wayne Studios, NYC.

℗ 1986 Island Rec's Inc.
℗ 1987 Island Records, Inc.

This version can be identified by its yellow labels (several subsequent pressings were issued with pink labels).
Another version was also pressed with yellow labels and the inclusion of a second publishing company, "Island Music, Inc.," which is not printed on this version.
And another similar version with the same yellow labels (without Island Music, Inc.), but with different runout matrices can be found here : Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full

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 :^)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): BWAY-4005 B1 1-1SM1-1 SRC
  • Pressing Plant ID (Stamped in side B runout): SRC
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 76)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Paid In Full (CD, Album)4th & Broadway, Island Records258 705Europe1987
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Paid In Full (LP, Album, LP, All Media, Limited Edition)4th & BroadwayBRLP 514UK1987
Paid In Full (Cassette, Album)4th & BroadwayBRCA 514UK1987
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Paid In Full (LP, Album, Stereo)4th & Broadway, Island Records208 705Europe1987
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Paid In Full (LP, Album)Virgin, Island RecordsVG 71466Greece1987



  • Mr.517's avatar
    Which one of the first Two albums is the OG Press
    • cambs04's avatar
      Edited 6 years 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.
      • funkadelic187's avatar
        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"!
        • wordsforthepictures's avatar
          Hype sticker on first press reads "DOPE REMIXES Eric B. is President / My Melody"
          • MattCoops's avatar
            An essential in any Hip Hop collection. Old School classic!
            • iljin1's avatar
              Edited 11 years ago
              Next to Mantronix-Music Madness LP this was yet another ground breaking album for that time.


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