By Remmie Fresh, www.allhiphop.com
Paris' latest album, Sonic Jihad, has finally hit stores, after selling out on the rapper's website, www.guerrillfunk.com.
"People seem to be hungry for more than what they're used to getting from their entertainment -- especially hip-hop -- and are growing tired of the scene," Paris told AllHipHop.com.
The album features such other outspoken rappers as Kam, Dead Prez, and Public Enemy and tackles such topics as Paris' belief that AIDs is man-made, discrimination, the New World Order, police brutality and Paris' views on September 11.
"Bush has been caught lying on several occasions about justifications for going to war and now people are becoming even more suspicious," Paris said.
Paris said for the Sonic Jihad album, he simply wanted to bring hip-hop listeners an alternative to the music that's played on the radio and television stations.
"Many people are outgrowing hip-hop because companies are trying to keep its appeal artificially young by targeting a teenage female demographic," Paris noted. "Not much is being provided to listeners who want more than tattoos and diamond grilles. I'm doing my best to bring something different to ‘em."
Paris acknowledged the effect that music can have on consumers and said that the message he is attempting to convey is one of independence and intelligence.
"A lot of artists nowadays do music strictly for the money, and that hurts the art. Many of them gravitate towards music that they believe companies want to sign - especially major labels. And since white-owned major labels and video channels seem to be stuck in a mode of only wanting to reward ignorant behavior by paying for and endorsing images and material that degrade us, it's necessary to take note of who's value-added to the game and who's not. Music is very influential, and it directly impacts our community, so I don't take it lightly. Life imitates art."
Sonic Jihad is in stores now and online at http://www.guerillafunk.com.