15 years ago today “Paid In Full” – has grown to become a modern-day classic in its own realm. The brainchild of Dame Dash and the execution of Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer and Cam’ron – whose roles revolved moderately around the lives of Rich Porter, Alpo and Azie – Paid. The film was based off the real Harlem underworld during the crack-cocaine tidal wave of the 1980s. AND man everything from the music, style, slang, to the club scenes, make you feel like you are living in that time. The movie is ambitious, has good energy and is well-acted. I also don’t know about y’all but I will always consider Wood Harris Ace Boogie, Cameron should have received some type of role for his character Rico because Cam embodied Rico and who else better to play Money Making Mitch than Mekhi Phifer. The casting for this film was phenomenal because everyone played their roles to a T and I honestly couldn’t see anyone else taking on the roles the way they did. It’s safe to say Paid In Full is one of Roc-A-Fella’s greatest contributions to the culture ever.
Paid In Full put us on to so much free game it’s unbelievable. Its a lot of hiding gems and messages we can take from the film.
1. Not everyone is your friend. Make sure your circle stirs clear of the Rico’s!
2.You gotta stay down for the come up. ( Ace worked at the cleaners before running the drug game. Before he even knew he wanted to be apart of that lifestyle)
3. Ace and Mitch had that ride or die friendship. ( Mitch was down with Ace while he was shining and Ace was working in the cleaners. Also, did you peep game that as soon Mitch got out Ace put him on)
4. Silent moves are the best moves to make. ( Ace was so clean at being silent and not too flashy)
Paid In Full will always be one of the best Hood/Hip-Hop movies. If you have not seen it shame on you, no really shame on you. You can’t be involved with the hip-hop culture and have never seen Paid In Full! Grab some popcorn and catch up on what you’ve been missing these past 15 years. If you’re anything like me and its one of your favorties (you know almost every word and scene in this movie ) take some time today to rewatch this classic to celebrate 15 years!