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Q: Eric B & Rakim "Paid In Full" Sample ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Eric B & Rakim "Paid In Full" Sample
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: flybri-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 31 Jul 2004 18:38 PDT
Expires: 30 Aug 2004 18:38 PDT
Question ID: 381861
Who/what track(s) do Eric B & Rakim sample in their song "Paid In Full"?
Subject: Re: Eric B & Rakim "Paid In Full" Sample
Answered By: mother911-ga on 31 Jul 2004 19:40 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hey Flybri, 

Eric B and Rakim sampled Israeli singer Ofra Haza for that song.

"This is my most favorite single ever, this remix even outshines the
original version which you would think is impossible. "Paid In Full"
(seven minutes of madness) is a breathtaking track which has a awe
inspiring sample of Ofra Haza's beautiful voice wailing over the "Paid
In Full" beat."

Google search term: Eric B & Rakim paid in full sample

Elvis Pelvis
"But it was not until 1988, when American rap artists Eric B. and
Rakim sampled ``Im Ninalu'' on their dance hit ``Paid in Full,'' that
Haza became an international phenomenon."

"Haza was sampled by Eric B and Rakim on 1987's "Paid In Full," a
portion of which M.A.R.R.S. used for "Pump Up The Volume."

Google search terms: Ofra Haza Erik B and Rakim

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Request for Answer Clarification by flybri-ga on 31 Jul 2004 19:45 PDT
More specifically, I am looking for the source of the bassline and flute sample.

Clarification of Answer by mother911-ga on 01 Aug 2004 19:07 PDT
I'm checking on it now.....I will get back to you if I find something.


Clarification of Answer by mother911-ga on 02 Aug 2004 00:17 PDT
According to a thread on Usenet, archived on google groups, I found
the following quote.
Author:Big Pipe S (
"i can confirm that Coldcut, used the bassline
from Denis Edwards/Siedah Garret track 'Dont Look Any Further'

Ofra Haza provided the wailing egyptian vocal on their mix of paid in full"

Google Groups seach terms: "paid in full" all samples

I also found confirmation of this from another archived post on usenet.
author: J.L. Johnson (

the subject is:
"Subject: Re: Dennis Edwards' Don't Look Any Further"
">Now that it's resurfaced in TLC's Unpretty Remix, are there any fans of
>this great 80s R&B song out here? It has been used countless times as a
>sample-most notably Eric B. & Rakim's Paid In Full and I forget the name
>of the band that did a remake of this in the late 80s. Any comments?"

Google Groups search terms: "paid in full" 'Dont Look Any Further

I am still trying to find any source of the flute used in this song.


Request for Answer Clarification by flybri-ga on 02 Aug 2004 17:27 PDT
Howdy Mother!

The 'Don't Look Any Further' sample is VERY close, but that bassline
sounds like a synth, whereas in 'Paid In Full' it sounds like an
electric bass. Maybe EB & R hired a session muzo 2 play the riff??? If
U can find the flute source, I'd really appreciate it - I have heard
the song once before and found it 2 be quite funky...



Clarification of Answer by mother911-ga on 03 Aug 2004 13:17 PDT
I have searched everywhere I can, and I find nothing about the flute
sample, its source, not even a hint of where they might have heard it.
Everyone mentions it, no one has a source.

I can add in that the drums are from Ashley's Roachclip, but thats all
i've found for samples from this song.

flybri-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Thanks Mother911.

I didn't get all the details I was looking 4, but it would appear that
U have searched fairly extensively - much more so than I might have
bothered by myself.

Subject: Re: Eric B & Rakim "Paid In Full" Sample
From: gnothi-ga on 03 Sep 2004 14:45 PDT
Here are many of the samples used in "Paid In Full": is the perfect source for rao sample
questions. If the flute source isn't listed under above link,
ask for it in the forums (

For similar music research questions you can also consult
the bigger databases (they mainly contain cover versions, but
also samples):

Subject: Re: Eric B & Rakim "Paid In Full" Sample
From: flybri-ga on 03 Sep 2004 19:38 PDT
Thanks Gnothi.

Turns out the flute sample is also from Ashley's Roachclip.

Subject: Re: Eric B & Rakim "Paid In Full" Sample
From: clarkycat-ga on 26 Nov 2004 11:59 PST
QUOTE:"Eric B and Rakim sampled Israeli singer Ofra Haza for that song."

The sample from "Im Nin Alu" was actually added and used in the
Coldcut remix and so was not sampled by Eric B & Rakim.
(just to clarify).

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