'Paid in Full'
--Eric B and Rakim (1988)

Quotable: So I dig into my pocket, all my money is spent/So I dig deeper but still comin' up with lint/So I start my mission -- leave my residence/Thinkin' how could I get some dead presidents"

Back when a gold chain was the hot accessory, Rakim's rhyme synchronization not only explained his own quest for an increased cash flow but spoke for a generation who yearned to be "paid in full."