The Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. consists of six brothers from Samoa. After their youngest brother got shot they decided to stop with their gangster life and toured in Japan in the late 80’s and got popular there. Eventually, they would return to California where A&R Chris Blackwell of Island Records got interested in them. This album is the result, very funky – and they played the instruments themselves.
“Paid In Full” was selected to be the best album of all time by MTV. That’s how good it is! The record had to be finished in less than a week to complete it within budget. Rakim’s rapping pioneered the use of internal rhymes in Hip Hop. Unlike previous rappers as Run DMC who used to express their lyrics with high energy, Rakim changed the game with his rather relaxed and stoic delivery. Not to forget: The heavy sampling by Eric B. became influential in hip hop production.