Paris is a San Francisco Bay Area rapper who first broke on the scene in 1990 with his hit single and album The Devil Made Me Do It and quickly earned the reputation as being one of most politically charged MC’s in the game who didn’t shy away from putting issues on the forefront.
His first single from that album, “Break The Grip of Shame,” illustrated this as MTV made the decision to ban the video for being too controversial. Since then, his uncompromising stance on political issues, police brutality, gun violence and systematic oppression and racism haven’t wavered and confronted on his latest album, “Pistol Politics”. After more than 25 years in the industry, the Black Panther of rap told me as a guest on Down With The Kings that he has seen very little advancement, “Not a a lot has changed at all, honestly. Police brutality is still pervasive, government malficence is still pervasive. This really is a way to speak out to what’s going on in a way that’s entertaining”
Pistol Politics is described as a a musical statement of solidarity – and a much needed united front – against oppression and institutional racism in an age almost devoid of meaningful commentary in urban entertainment.