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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2008
Paris/Acid Reflex Out Tomorrow! | The Critics Weigh In | $10,000 Scholarship Contest
Just in time for election year, Paris returns to the now-seemingly apolitical world of hip-hop to once again inject his patented form of sonic vitriol into the musical landscape with his latest release, Acid Reflex. With commentary on a wide range of topics including black-on-black crime and violence, the ongoing problem of police brutality, illegal and immoral wars, the crooked arena of politics and the need for more of an equal balance between positive and negative influences in entertainment, Acid Reflex is the latest installment of cutting-edge funk-and-rock-inspired hip-hop in a career spanning the sale of over 3.8 million units independently worldwide.
The lead single, "Don't Stop the Movement," provides a scathing reintroduction to Paris' polemics, and serves as a stark reminder of the type of potent politically and socially aware commentary in hip-hop that has become less and less frequent as the art form becomes increasingly corporatized and diluted for mass consumption. Featuring performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and Parliament/Funkadelic frontman George "Dr. Funkenstein" Clinton, Public Enemy leader Chuck D. and newcomer and Paris-protege T-K.A.S.H., Acid Reflex is a acerbic criticism of modern day American life, and acts as a rallying cry for the need for social justice, unity and awareness.
From the sad state of Darfur and Congo, to America's legacy of aggression, to Katrina and religious fanaticism, it's all here. And the timing is perfect too - in an era where politics has become popular culture and the United States is poised to possibly elect its first black president - only a handful of artists with an international platform will choose to seize the moment. Paris does.
Continuing in the tradition of artists who can be relied upon to remain consistent with both content and 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.
Available in CD and 2-disc 180-gram vinyl formats.
Watch the new video of the first single, "Don't Stop The Movement":
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Read what the critics are saying about Acid Reflex:
"While revolutionary rappers like Chuck D and KRS-One used their pens and pads to inspire the oppressed to 'fight the powers that be' on the East Coast, a man always garbed in black single-handedly revitalized the spirit of the Black Panthers on the Left Coast...[He] continues to prove that revolutionary lyricism cannot be stopped."
"4 out of 5 stars...While Paris' lispy flow and slightly impractical anarchy has remained virtually the same since 1990, his ability to collaborate with testosterone-summoning beats, all the while promoting respect for women and a more accurate portrayal of African Americans in the media is a refreshing duality which could only come out of the Yay."
"For 17 years, the veteran MC has uncompromisingly addressed burning issues in the African-American community with an ultradense rhyme style over durable, hard-hitting beats...Acid Reflex is expertly made hip-hop both lyrically and sonically..."
"Listening to Paris in 2008 is like walking on the edge of a razor blade. On one side of that slippery slope, the East Bay militant rap icon continues to espouse the anger and violent revolutionary tendencies he's famous for. On the other, as evident on his new album Acid Reflex, his music grooves and swirls and lifts."
-East Bay Express
"With this complicated audio-visual collage and his honest vocal delivery, Paris effectively captures the apocalypse that is now."
"As always, Paris pulls no punches on this new release and tells it like it is, preaching non-stop about what he sees as the ills of our society and their causes. But more importantly, the stubbornly socially and politically charged Paris, who constantly fights on behalf of the poor and oppressed, practices what he preaches and is offering a unique prize to those who buy the new album: a chance for three lucky individuals to each win $10,000 towards either a college education or housing down-payment."
"Paris is an informed and unapologetic speaker, never afraid to put his views right in your face. Of course there are plenty of people in the world who fit this description but few of them have the deep vocal tone of P-Dog, the clear oral dictation of P-Dog, and the FUNKY ASS BEATS of P-Dog. The words "all songs written, produced, arranged and performed by Paris" inside the CD make it perfectly clear why it took Paris four years to release a follow-up to Sonic Jihad. Paris took his time to do this shit RIGHT."
"Acid Reflex is unlikely to change the outcome of the upcoming election, but maybe - just maybe - it might change the lives of a handful of misguided hip hop youth..."
"Acid Reflex is an album of potent political messages delivered in block-rocking beats that's on par with the best work of Boogie Down Productions, Dead Prez, and even Public Enemy."
"Longtime fans and new listeners - don't sleep on this album. It offers something that most albums don't: solutions. And that's what will keep Acid Reflex relevant and PARIS stand apart from other MCs."
Win $10,000 of Scholarship or Housing Money with Acid Reflex:
San Francisco, CA - Forget spinners and diamonds, Bay Area rapper/activist Paris is putting his own spin on the "golden ticket" contest: a college education. Three randomly placed tickets will be slipped into copies of Paris' October 28th album, Acid Reflex, on his own Guerrilla Funk Recordings and Filmworks, LLC, distributed by Fontana/Universal. With three guaranteed winners, each prize is a ten-thousand dollar award redeemable as a scholarship towards any kind of post-high school education or towards housing expenses.
"We're living in the hardest economic times in recent memory, and this is a perfect way for me to try to ease the pain for my supporters," says Paris. "I realize that money is tight for many people and that music is becoming less and less of a priority when everything is rising but wages. This is not only a perfect way for me to express my gratitude to those who continue to support me, but to emphasize both the importance of higher education and the need to continue to support art of substance."
To win, you must purchase an Acid Reflex CD at a physical retail location or online (contest does not apply to vinyl). Upon opening the CD, winners will receive notification stating "CONGRATULATIONS! YOU'VE WON $10,000 FOR EITHER SCHOOL EXPENSES OR HOUSING!" Only winning CD packages will contain notification and details for the claiming of prizes. Non-winning CD packages will not contain notification of any kind.
Acid Reflex comes just in time for election year and contains commentary on a wide range of topics including black-on-black crime and violence, the ongoing problem of police brutality, war, politics and what Paris calls "the need for more of an equal balance between positive and negative influences in entertainment." Acid Reflex is the latest installment of cutting-edge funk-and-rock-inspired hip-hop in a career spanning the sale of over 3.8 million units independently worldwide. It features performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and Parliament/Funkadelic frontman George "Dr. Funkenstein" Clinton and Public Enemy leader Chuck D.
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