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Chapter 162: Paid In Full

80s rap

“Paid In Full” is an incredible prank on not only Eric B and Rakim’s listeners, but their record company. They express their desire to get paid, Rakim delivers just one (masterful, era-defining) verse, then they count their money, peace out and let the beat play for a full minute and a half. “Paper Thin” pulls a similar move, MC Lyte spitting furiously for half the track, then letting the second half function as a victory lap. The triumph on these lightning-in-a-bottle singles is well earned, as is the closing street wisdom of “The Ghetto.”

You Gots To Chill

2. MC Lyte

Paper Thin

3. Big Daddy Kane

Ain't No Half Steppin'

4. Eric B. & Rakim

Paid In Full

5. Roxanne Shanté

Roxanne's Revenge

6. Boogie Down Productions

9MM Goes Bang

7. Schoolly D

P.S.K. What Does It Mean?

8. Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick

La Di Da Di

9. Spoonie Gee

The Godfather

10. Too $hort

The Ghetto