500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Eric B. and Rakim, 'Paid in Full'

228. Eric B. and Rakim, 'Paid in Full'

4th and Broadway/Island, 1987

Laid-back, diamond-sharp: Old-school titan Rakim may still lead the race for Best Rapper Ever, and this album is a big reason why. Paid in Full was one of the first hip-hop records to fully embrace Seventies funk samples on stone classics such as "I Know You Got Soul" and the title track.

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