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Boomkat Product Review:
Special Expanded Remastered Edition. Back in the days when hip hop albums were a rarity never mind anything as dope as this you can imagine the impact this album had. I agree it's funny in hindsight when you realise Eric and Ra's looking flush on the cover holding just $100.00 between them but you gotta respect all that gold. Issued originally in July 1987 on Island offshoot 4th & Broadway. Before this the debut Zakia 12" and repress of 'Eric B. Is President' and 'My Melody' and then the 12" that really blew 'I Know You Got Soul'. When the album finally came out it had seven new tracks (only five Ra vocals) from which 'I Ain't No Joke' crushed all with it's abstract rapping and ill raw freestyle beats. 'Move The Crowd' dropped the ill downtempo fonk. 'Paid In Full' still superior in it's original raw version to the overplayed Coldcut remix (that Rakim reportedly disliked), the drums programming and the 'Don't Look Any Further' bassline snatch. Plus if Eric and Ra did leave the studio after they shouted "peace" who scratched up "this tuff is really fresh", :). 'As The Rhyme Goes On' samples and is inspired by Beastie Boys's classic 'Paul Revere', a classic track that samples another classic track - only hip hop can do this. 'Chinese Arithmetic' is the sick scratch track to beat them all, recent rumour doing the rounds claim that Eric wasn't even the man on the boards for this evil cut but it was in fact Rakim's brother - controversial. Those not in the know need to also check 'Eric B. Is President' and 'My Melody', here in remixed form that differ from the original 12" mixes. "no tricks in 86 it's time to bill eric b easy on the cut no mistakes allowed cause to me emcee means move the crowd". Bonus - the crazy UK mix of 'As The Rhyme Goes On' and a Coldcut edit mix on 'Paid In Full'. Classic rapture.