25 years ago outspoken San Francisco rapper Paris
burst onto the national rap scene with his politically charged debut single for New York's prestigious Tommy Boy Records
- "The Devil Made Me Do It." (see the accompanying music video that was banned by MTV
at the time). The Devil Made Me Do It
the title of the politically charged debut album that the single was taken from by the self-described "Black Panther of hip-hop." Continuing that no-holds-barred angry rebellion rap music was Paris' follow album, Sleeping With The Enemy
that was slated for a 1992 release on Tommy Boy. But then the record label suddenly dropped him from their roster. Tommy Boy Records you see was distributed by Warner Brothers who were already getting heat and feeling pressured over Ice-T
s highly controversial 1992 song "Cop Killer." So when they got wind of what was to be on the forthcoming Paris album (songs about killing cops - "Coffee, Donuts, & Death" as well as none other than the president himself Dubya's dad - "Bush Killa") you can bet they (and their shareholders) wanted to distance themselves as far as possible from this outspoken and out-of-control militant (in
their eyes) Bay Area hip-hop artist. So they sent him packing with a nice payoff check that the artist born Oscar Jackson Jr.
took to invest in his own (already established) label Scarface Records
. With new offices in Oakland and a locally hired staff from the community, he released the album himself. And in the years since - and the various distribution deals and all through his own independently owned record labels including Guerrilla Funk Recordings
- Paris has not stopped nor ever once toned down his message or caved into pressure to stop speaking what he believes via his music. The latest example is recommended just released latest 2CD album Pistol Politics
(also avail as download
) that arrived in Amoeba last Friday, September 11th, and features the powerful, anti-police violence single "Night Of The Long Knives." The album, that will be featured here in an upcoming Amoeblog indepth interview with Paris, was the inspiration for this Hip-Hop History Amoeblog on Paris from that includes a selection of rare press and publicity clips from those early 90's years of his first two well publicized albums.