New York’s Eric Barrier was a mobile DJ when he met William Griffin, a top MC from Long Island. With Eric B. the master of the aggressive beat and Rakim (now known as Rakim Allah) delivering relentlessly rhythmic rhymes with a serious, gruff baritone, they self-released their first collaboration, “Eric B. Is President.” The 1986 track became a street sensation which prompted their signing to the 4th & Broadway label. The next year, they laid down their debut album, the explosive and platinum Paid In Full, which reprised “Eric B. Is President” and also included the instant rap classics “I Know You Got Soul” and “I Ain’t No Joke.” The Coldcut Remix of the title track became a hit after the album’s release.