[[caption-width-right:301: The classic debut. L-R: Eric, Rak.]]
-->'''RAKIM''': ''"Cos I don't like to dream about gettin paid\\
So I dig into the books of the rhymes that I made\\
To now test to see if I got pull\\
Hit the studio, cos I'm paid in full"''
-->--'''Eric B. and Rakim''', "''Music/PaidInFull"''

Eric B. & Rakim, born, respectively, Eric Barrier and William Griffin, were a {{Rap}} duo from [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Long Island, NY]] who worked together from 1987 to 1992. They are best known for their songs "Paid in Full," "Microphone Fiend" and "I Ain't No Joke."

[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_B._and_Rakim The Other Wiki]] has a good writeup about their career.


* ''Music/PaidInFull'' (1987)

!!! The following tropes are paid in full:
* AnswerSong: "Eric B. is President" started as this toward Music/JanetJackson's "What Have You Done for Me Lately," with two lines standing out as TheArtifact of this idea.
-->"But now it's out of hand cuz you told me you hate me\\
And then you ask what have I done lately"
* BigApplesauce: From "I Know You Got Soul":
-->"Now if you're from Uptown, Brooklyn- bound,\\
The Bronx, Queens, or Long Island Sound"
* BoastfulRap: "Pass the Hand Grenade," "No Competition"
* AGodAmI: Rakim was known as the lyrical God.
* GodIsLoveSongs: "Move The Crowd"
--> ''All praises due to Allah''
* UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHipHop
* HymnToMusic: "Lyrics of Fury," "Microphone Fiend," "Keep 'Em Eager to Listen," etc. etc.
* [[ViewersAreGeniuses Listeners Are Geniuses]]: "To The Listeners"
* TheLeader: Rakim, on the song "Follow The Leader"
* MoneySong: "Paid In Full"
* OnlyKnownByInitials: "The R"
* ProductPlacement: From "Relax With Pep":
-->"Here come the right one baby and Dr. Pepper"
* ProtestSong: "Casualties of War," rapped from the perspective of a soldier in UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar, who had previously served in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
* RecycledLyrics: "It ain't where you from it's where you're at," which first appeared in "I Know You Got Soul," turned up later in "In The Ghetto."
* {{Sampling}}: Famously used Ofra [=Haza=]'s "Im Nin'alu" on "Paid in Full"
* SeriousBusiness: "I Ain't No Joke"
* ShoutOut: Received one in [=Stetsasonic=]'s "Talkin' All That [=Jazz=]":
-->"Tell the truth, Music/JamesBrown was old\\
'Til Eric and Rakim came out with 'I Got Soul'"
* SillyLoveSongs: "Mahogany"
* SingleStanzaSong: "Paid in Full"