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Album Review

One listen to The Devil Made Me Do It makes one wonder if Paris recorded the album in a cloistered, cold bunker — or at least the kind of abandoned warehouse he and his crew marched through during his videos. As with early Public Enemy (a primary inspiration) and the two X-Clan records, the best moments of Paris' debut work on two levels. Plenty of these tracks have dark, sleek grooves beneath them, built on expert beat programming and vicious claws instead of hooks. In addition to this, there's Paris' scholarly, tightly wound rhymes, which are crammed with problack themes — odds are Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice and Bobby Seale's Seize the Time were committed to memory long before they were written. In a sea of early-'90s Afro-centric rappers, Paris was one of the most unique and most talented in his field, his angered voice cutting and tense enough to make any listener squirm in her or his seat. As often as these tracks are peppered with samples of Chuck D, Black Panthers, and Malcolm X, Paris is never outshone. Poignant tracks like "Break the Grip of Shame," "The Hate That Hate Made," "The Devil Made Me Do It," and "Wretched" ("Mindless music for the masses makes ya think less of the one that hates ya") make for a joyless listen, but it's just as riveting as the most provocative and hedonistic gangsta record. [The "Deluxe Edition" of the album was released by Paris through his Guerrilla Funk label in late 2003. The only bonus track added was the "Power of God" mix of "The Hate That Hate Made."]

Customer Reviews

Incontournable

Un album incontournable pour les amateurs de hip hop engagé. Probablement le meilleur qu'ai produit Paris en compagnie de Mad Mike. Les sonorités utilisées sont très électroniques pour l'époque. On retrouve en effet des sons des célèbres 303, 808 et 909. Basse puissante et acide, rythmes percutants et lyrics de Black Panthers. Scarface Groove, The Devil made me do it et Break the Grip of Shame (le remix de 8minutes) valent leur pesant d'or. A classer bien au chaud près de Public Enemy (It takes a nation of millions to hold us back)

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