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PARIS

  • ARTIST: PARIS
  • GENRE: RAP
  • LOCATION: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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Paris hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and was catapulted onto the national hip-hop scene in 1990 with his hit single and album The Devil Made Me Do It, after earning a degree in economics from the University of California at Davis. Originally released on Tommy Boy Records, his first single from that album, “Break The Grip of Shame,” was banned by MTV. Since then, his uncompromising stance on political issues and biting social commentary have become his trademark, endearing him to legions of supporters who rightly feel messages of positivity¬†are underrepresented in hip-hop. When his second album, Sleeping with the Enemy was ready for release in 1992, Paris was dropped from now-defunct Tommy Boy Records and distributor Time Warner when they discovered its incendiary content – content which included fantasy revenge killings of then-President Bush and racist police officers. Rather than buckle under pressure, he released the LP himself on his newly-formed Scarface Records to major sales and national acclaim.

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