In 1987, Eric B. & Rakim took the hip-hop game by storm when they released their flawless album Paid in Full. This upcoming July, the iconic duo will perform at Harlem’s Apollo Theater to celebrate the project’s 30th anniversary.
“It’s going to be a celebration for hip hop and we want everyone to come out,” said Eric B. in an interview with Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning.
To make their anniversary concert even more special, Eric B. and Rakim will hold their performance on July 7, the same day Paid in Full was released.
“As cocky as the rhymes sound, I had no idea it would have an impact like this, man. So it’s a blessing to not only be a part of this game and this legendary status, but being able to be here 30 years later and have a show and everybody come out and enjoy themselves. I would’ve never expected that,” said Rakim during the interview.
Many hip-hop artists including JAY-Z, 50 Cent, and Nas have lauded the project for its creativity and impact on the culture. In 2012, Nas gave Paid in Full a glowing review in an interview with Complex.
“Eric B. and Rakim epitomized and personified the street culture of New York and the rest of the nation,” said Nas. “They wore Gucci before Gucci [was popular in the streets], they were counting money on the album cover and they made it look cool. The style of the music was built for the streets. Rakim’s lyrics were the streets put into music.”
“I got the news yesterday. I was sitting down and it kind of put a lot of things in perspective. I had a lot of respect for Prodigy,” said Rakim. “He brought the hood to the booth. When we were trying to shape this rap thing into something, he was one of the cats I respected for bringing the hood into the booth.”
Check out Eric B. and Rakim’s interview with Hot 97 below.