I'm bursting into Monday with a HUGE smile on my face after a brilliant weekend! ☆☆☆ Yesterday was beach day, celebrating my lovely friend Shaun's birthday. I took a rest day from training, ate cake, fish and chips and frolicked around in the sea! ☆☆☆☆☆☆ I feel completely reset now and ready for another week of training and smashing goals! Have a brilliant week guys! ☆☆☆☆☆☆
#40 Paid in Full by Eric B. and Rakim I consider this to be one of the most influential albums in hip-hop history. Hip-hop went from stuff like "it's tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme, that's right on time, it's tricky" to stuff like "I ain't no joke, I used to let the mic smoke, now I slam it when it's done, and make sure it's broke, when im gone no one gets on cause I won't let no one press up and mess up the scene I set." Rakim and Eric B. took early hip-hop from it's simplistic lyrical and instrumental Roots, and made it more sophisticated and advanced the culture. The took hip-hop which up to that point was rap artists like Run DMC, The Sugar Hill Gang, and Kurtis Blow. Which while they were infuencial in their own way, we're not the lyrical assassin's like Rakim. He really paved the way for super lyrical rappers like Nas, Mos Def, and Andre 3000, with multi syllable rhyme scheme's, as well as more complex rhyme patterns. Eric B. was also very influential because he was one of the early DJs that heavily sampled funk records. This album is filled with classics songs like 'I ain't no Joke' 'Eric B is President' and 'Move the Crowd'. One if the best albums coming from a Goat pair of an MC and DJ.