Legendary New York
rapper Rakim released a series of albums in the 1980s
with DJ Eric B, and several solo albums in the 1990s
. The Eric B. and Rakim song "Paid In Full" is a hip hop classic, and has been remixed by British DJ collective Coldcut
, ripped off by Tupac
's song "Hit 'Em Up," and covered by Snoop Dogg
during a party scene in the Will Ferrell
movie Old School.
Many recent underground rappers acknowledge a huge debt to Rakim's innovative style; some of his more prominent fans include Saul Williams and Aesop Rock.