Paid in Full

Eric B. & Rakim

Paid in Full

July 7, 1987

East Coast Rap

One of the defining albums of '80s hip-hop, few albums of any genre argue the notion of "less is more" better than Paid In Full. The combination of Rakim's strong, confident flow and Eric B.'s lean but commanding beats and scratching is so effective, you scarcely notice that there isn't a whole lot else to this album. And both deliver so masterfully, you don't need much else, either.

- Mark Deming

Raw Movements/Rude Movements

SunPalace

Raw Movements/Rude Movements

November 25, 2016

Electric Jazz

The 2016 BBE anthology Raw Movements/Rude Movements brings together all of Sunpalace's recordings, as well as some previously unreleased demos. Primarily, these are bass and drum machine-heavy jams punctuated by Collins' Nile Rodgers-esque electric guitar flourishes and O'Connell's Rhodes keyboard and Prophet 5 synth parts. Think a Stanley Clarke and George Duke project if recorded in an apartment into a home 8-track machine and you're fairly close to the sound Sunpalace achieved.

- Matt Collar