CD The Devil Made Me Do It [Paris (Rap)] [CD Boxset] [2 discs] (CD 4601759),
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The Devil Made Me Do It [Paris (Rap)] [CD Boxset] [2 discs]

  • 1. Intro
    2. Scarface Groove
    3. This Is A Test
    4. Panther Power
    5. Break The Grip Of Shame
    6. Warning
    7. Ebony
    8. Brutal
    9. On The Prowl
    10. Devil Made Me Do It, The
    11. Hate That Hate Made, The
    12. Mellow Madness
    13. I Call Him Mad
    14. Escape From Babylon
    15. Wretched
    16. Break The Grip Of Shame [The Final Call]
    17. Devil Made Me Do It [Poach A Pig Mix], The
    18. Hate That Hate Made [Power Of God Mix], The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): GFNK182

  • Credits

    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 pro-black 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 Afrocentric 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. ~ Andy Kellman

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