PARIS >> SONIC JIHAD
Here Paris returns with his most pointedly-focused and brutal condemnation of the ills of society to date. Waging righteous warfare (hence the title) on all that he perceives as being wrong with the world in this current political climate of manufactured fear and "War on Terror," he covers such issues as the New World Order, the manmade origins of AIDS, military lies and propaganda, police brutality and the embarrassing state that hip hop is currently in. The first single, "What Would You Do?" has already been a lightning-rod for controversy in the United States, garnering coverage from such notable sources as MTV2, The New York Times and MSNBC for its suggestion that the Bush Administration played a key role in orchestrating the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. And it doesn't stop there -- the album also features progressive hip-hop visionaries Dead Prez, Public Enemy and Kam. Add dancehall sensation Capelton to this already impressive lineup and you have a potent molotov cocktail of an album ready to explode.
As one of the few remaining artists who can be relied upon to remain consistent with both his content and his dedication to musical quality, this latest effort by Paris will please not only his existing loyal supporters, but should prove to gain him many new listeners as well.
The first casualty of War is the Truth.
"4 out of 5 mics"
- The Source
"...his best work yet"
- The New York Times
"This powerful collection could be justifiably compared to the most stinging, thought-provoking music of such better-known rap acts as Public Enemy and Ice Cube."
- The L.A. Times
"An incredibly clever writer...airtight grooves"
- S.F. Bay Guardian
"By making music that moves the mind as well as the body, Paris completes his mission. "What Would You Do," in which Paris argues that Bush has benefited by the war on terrorism, might even cause some Bush supporters to re-examine their position..." Grade B+
- Contra Costa Times
"Sonic Jihad is the latest salvo in the career of an artist known for his fiercely political rhymes...you might not be comfortable with it, but it's not supposed to make you comfortable...his goal is to fill the information gap left by mainstream media, particularly concerning war with Iraq..."
- San Francisco Chronicle
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