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The 10s | Thinking of a Master Plan: Paying Homage In Full

upnorthtrips on July 06, 2012 03:42

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    In the Summer of 1987 one album single-handedly ushered Hip Hop into a new era. During those hot NYC summer months, the sounds of Eric B & Rakim's Paid In Full blasted out of boomboxes on front stoops to the trunks of every boxed-out Beemer or tricked-out Benz from Westchester to Wyandanch. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the album, and almost a quarter of a century later, the album's influence is undeniable. From movies [Paid In Full] to today's up-and-coming rappers [A$AP Rocky, (real name is Rakim) named after the God MC] there is no questioning the legacy that this album has left on our culture. Lyrically and from a production standpoint this album changed everything. From Ra's magical visual wordplay and machine gun cadence to Eric B's cuts, this was a special album whose sound quickly furthered Hip Hop's growing reputation. The release of this album, also placed Eric B.and Rakim in the spotlight on the fashion tip. The duo's fresh styles transformed the ordinary 'rapper look' of shell-toed-Adidas-sporting, all-black-leather-everything to a new style of backwards-Kangol-hat wearing, truck jewel-rockin' trendsetters. The album cover even featured (for the first time ever, possibly) the fresh and flashy styles of the young designer, Dapper Dan. So to celebrate the album's Silver Anniversary, we picked ten tracks that have used the elements of this classic to recreate their own music.


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