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Rakim at the House of Independents

  • House of Independents 572 Cookman Avenue Asbury Park, NJ, 07712 United States (map)

One of New York City's most important and respected rappers, RAKIM, will perform all of Paid In Full live at Asbury Park's HOUSE OF INDEPENDENTS! Released in 1987 and widely regarded as a pillar of East Coast hip-hop's "golden era," the LP cemented Rakim's position as one of the genre's most artful craftsman. It introduced a level of rhyme complexity and introspective narrative that was scarcely heard at the time. 

Since it was released, Paid in Full has netted the prestigious "5 Mic" award by the Source, a rating meant to signify full-on rap perfection. Rolling Stone listed it at number 228 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list in 2003. From beginning to end Rakim's insightful verses make for an experience that few other albums have matched. Paid in Full is a perfect pairing of brains and bass. It's a thinking-man's album that knocks you on your ass and solidified RAKIM as a hip-hop legend. Music really doesn't get any realer.