Special Ed Shows He’s Still Got It Made Nearly 30 Years Later (Video)

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Last night (July 7), a litany of stars gathered at Harlem’s Apollo Theater to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Eric B. & Rakim’s debut album, Paid In Full. The list of those who came to pay tribute tallied more than 20 artists, ranging from Slick Rick to T La Rock, Roxanne Shante to Fat Joe.

More Than 20 MCs Join Eric B. & Rakim In Celebrating Their 30th Anniversary (Video)

The tribute featured performances from several artists, with standout appearances by Ma$e, Fat Joe and EPMD. One of the crowd’s biggest reactions, however, was reserved for Special Ed. As the beat dropped for his classic, “I Got It Made,” the Brooklyn MC strode on stage with the same swagger he’s embodied for decades.

Surrounded by a gang of onlookers, Ed rocked nearly the entire song, trailing off just before the record’s most recognized bars. As the crowd shouted “Damn, I’d be paid!” he symbolically went to give dap to Eric B., saluting his Paid In Full milestone.