Eric B. & Rakim, Paid in Full (1987)
Prodigy:“The fashion that Rakim would rock, his jewelry, his style, like how he carried himself—you could just tell he was on some gangster shit. Moreso than an LL or Run-D.M.C. Like, he was serious, he looked like he was going to kill somebody. That’s what I was feeling about him and that album.
That is probably the illest song ever in hip-hop music—‘Check Out My Melody.’
“‘Check Out My Melody’ was one of the illest songs ever. That is probably the illest song ever in hip-hop music—‘Check Out My Melody.’ That’s the best song in rap music of all time. The beat and how he’s rhyming. It’s the beat, it’s his rhymes, but it’s also the EQ on his vocals. It sounds like he’s in a park rhyming. It’s like a mic with a little echo on it so it sounds like some real original hip-hop shit. It’s really the mic. His voice and whatever effect they got on that mic or whatever they recorded it through, that’s what make that song perfect.
“I even tried to copy that effect on my HNIC album. We did a couple of songs where I was like, ‘Make my voice sound just like that. Like, make the effect just like that. With the delay on it.’ We copied that shit for a couple songs on HNIC.”