On July 7th, 1987, Eric B & Rakim released their debut album “Paid In Full”. Paid in Full is credited as a benchmark album of golden age hip hop. Rakim’s rapping, which pioneered the use of internal rhymes in hip hop, set a higher standard of lyricism in the genre and served as a template for future rappers. The album’s heavy sampling by Eric B. became influential in hip hop production. The record has sold over a million copies. Also paved the way for a new generation lyrical emcees.