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Paris (Rap)

One of hip-hop's most militantly Afrocentric radicals, Paris struggled for most of his career to find acceptance for his fiercely political music, which drew from the provocative intelligence of Public Enemy and the gut-level rage of early Ice Cube. Born Oscar Jackson, Jr. in California, Paris earned a degree in economics from the University of California-Davis (near the San Francisco Bay Area); but hip-hop appealed to him more, and he founded his own record label, Scarface. He recorded a single, but found he lacked the resources to promote it properly, and wound up landing a deal with Tommy Boy Records. His debut album, The Devil Made Me Do It, was released in 1990, and attracted some attention (and praise) for the single "The Hate That Hate Made," as well as the title track, whose video was banned by MTV. Paris completed the follow-up album Sleeping With the Enemy in 1992; however, in the wake of the controversy over Ice-T's "Cop Killer," Tommy Boy refused to release it, citing the anti-George Bush track "Bush Killa." Eventually, they decided the whole album was far too strident and inflammatory, and bought out Paris' contract. After distribution agreements with Polygram and Def American fell through for similar reasons, Paris resurrected Scarface (helped by the Tommy Boy settlement money) and finally put the album out himself. It was acclaimed as a major statement in some quarters, but failed to find a wide audience in the midst of the gangsta rap revolution. 1994's Guerrilla Funk met with a similar fate, slipping largely under the radar, and Paris spent four years away from the studio. When he returned with Unleashed in 1998, he'd largely abandoned his trademark political fury in favor of watered-down G-funk and gangsta clichés. He retired from hip-hop not long after and put his economics degree to use as a successful stockbroker.

The break didn't last long, however. In 2003, Paris resurfaced with Sonic Jihad, which he released through his new label, Guerrilla Funk Recordings. Remastered versions of his first three albums were issued around the same time, and Paris subsequently partnered with Public Enemy's Chuck D for a collaborative album. The two released Rebirth of a Nation in 2006; that same year, Paris began producing additional records and issuing politically minded compilation albums for his label. He returned to his own craft in 2008, recording and releasing the studio effort Acid Reflex. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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The Bay's best conscious/ militant.
Paris. In a fan My Brother. May The Peace And Blessing That Only Allah Can Give Be With You and Your Family. Shareef Khyree ALi. Sac ca
Paris is a teacher like KRS1.
Paris, like Public Enemy was a voice for minorities who had had enough! Too bad cowardly record labels would not put out his message...ma k e s you wonder what kind of career he would have had in hip hop.
I have little use for hip-hop, but he's pretty creative.... . l y r i c a l . But the hate and we be victims in his rap is lame. Take out the victim non-sense, hate and direct the rage at the establishmen t . He could have been a cross-over star.
Paris is one of the best!
HOMEBOY DIDN'T GET DA RESRECT DUE TO HIM BCUS ALOT OF HIS S**T WAS BEYOND WHAT MOST YUNG BOYS CUD COMPREHEND. HIS WORD GAME WAS SICKKKKKKKK
Real Hip-hop. That's Peace. Sha'reef Khyree ALi
Paris the realest to ever do it
Paris is SICK Brah!!!
akstar8
Tripple O Hip-Hop is Disco
I've been down with Paris since the beginning and have introduced him to a number of friends who are into hip hop. As soon as they listen to him, it's as if their brain experiences a eureka moment. Definitely one of the best of all time - hard, truthful lyrics and dope beats.
I agree totally with everyone, Paris is terribly underrated. He's one of the best rappers of all time!
One of my all-time favorite rappers. Sad that his music is unknown by today's younger generation. A true fan to the fullest!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
zer21
P actually flowz ABT things that matter, not Bling and BS!
How can this writer say Paris was called to hip hop over economics, and in the very next sentence say he started his own record label? (That's rhetorical BTW) Entrepreneur s h i p is Economics. Think again Steve Huey!
Paria is the s**t.
I agree !!!
adkinsk
Paris has some of the hottest and most meaningful rap music ever. Sucks that most people have never heard it.

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