It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since Paid In Full hit theaters. The film starred Cam’Ron, Wood Harris and Mekhi Phifer and was loosely based on the life of real life Harlem drug kingpins Rich Porter, Alpo and Azie Faison and has become a hood classic.
The homies over at The Smoking Section decided to take a look back at the film that proved, among other things, that Killa Cam was a pretty good actor (although playing a boisterous Harlem dude wasn’t exactly a stretch) and that Wood Harris was a great actor (he had just started his star making turn as Avon Barksdale on The Wire). Also worth noting is that Damon Dash was a producer of the film and helpful in making the Charles Stone III directed movie come to fruition.
It’s why we particularly enjoyed this entry:
2. It’s one of Roc-A-Fella’s greatest contributions to the culture ever.
Roc-A-Fella’s always going to be identified through the music it birthed during its reign. Reasonable Doubt, The Truth, College Dropout, Come Home With Me, From Me 2 U, Diplomatic Immunity 1, The Blueprint, Tough Luv. The only thing longer than the list of classic albums is the rumors still circulating as to why The Roc crumbled in the first place.
Having said that, Paid In Full earned its spot as at least a top seven release the label has ever been given credit for. Hell, there’s a strong argument for top five. And while he’s hit tough times over the years following the break up, slide some credit to Dame Dash for bringing this film to life, too. One of the greatest minds the rap game ever produced.
Check out the rest of the 10 Lessons Learned From The Movie Paid In Full On Its 10th Anniversary over at The Smoking Section.
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