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|dECEMBER_MjJ9^ FEATURES II Paris comes back strong; Pharcyde debut is hype The Black Panther of hip hop, Paris, is ing to get due respect with Sleeping With - the Enemy. tinue your collection with this al bum, but don’t say you wCTen’t warned. If you’re white, you’ll love this, because Ice Cube’s lyrics on this album (This album only, hip hoppers!) are aimed for you and are about the equal of Marky Marie. If you aren’taCube fan, and are think ing about trying him, buy acasingle, Death Certificate, or watch his movies! C- Paris Sleeping with the Enemy Scarface Records Reviewed by TJ Stancil Paris, the Black Panther of Hip Hop, is back on his own label with Sleeping with the Enemy. Censor ship problems and record company delays of this album led to his leav ing Tommy Boy recwds, mostly ovCT the album’s anti-govCTnment and anti-police lyrics. Paris may be >®own to BET and YO! MTV RAPS viewers from his videos for his previous releases “Break the Grip of Shame” and “The Devil made me do itHe also appeared in Public Enemy’s “Anti-NiggCT Ma chine” video. Paris is perhaps one of the only r^JpCTS who is a true follower of the Nation of Islam, as his often militant lyrics would sug gest This album is highlighted by the track “Bush Killa” which lets Paris give his spill on problems in America today as well as his sug gestions for solving them. He de scribes his assassination of Presi dent Bush, which is sure to get him in trouble with the FBI. The mset in the covCT of this album shows Pans hiding behind a tree in front of the White House with a rifle as Presi dent Bush walks by. This album is full of knowledge, as Paris and his brothers give their philost^hy over some funky beats, samples and live guitar. “Make way for a Panther” introduces Paris and his ideology lo those who do not already know him, as he describes the white man’s plot to destroy blacks and urges brothers to unite because the time of revolution is near. Like other rappers, Paris uses the LA riots as an example of his predictions, and defends looters and brothers who strike back against the system. “Coffee, Donuts, and Death” is a shot at the police of America, and how they use their power to oppress people of color. “Think ‘ Bout it” gives us more revo lutionary thoughts to a funky beat, much like Public Enemy used to do. “Guerrillas in the Mist” is coinci dentally the same titie as the Lench Mob’s album, but this track is actu ally part two of “Break the Grip of Shame.” “Guerrillas in the Mist” refers to the four LA police accused of beating Rodney King’s docu mented description on police radion of King and his car passengers after the beating. “The Days of Old,” “Conspiracy of Silence” and “Check itOut Ch’AJl” are moreof the same, but due to their informative nature definitely deserve a listen. Sleeping with the Enemy gets a B-, which is good for a relatively unknown rap star like Paris. That may change after this album though, because Paris has taken the space vacated by Public Enemy’s Chuck D as the revolutionary of hip hop. Paris is legit, and he stands by what he believes, so the chance of him going Pop is doubtful. If you’re looking for dance music, pass this one by, because this album is all message. Paris sounds like Rakim, but his lyrics and music will take him to the next level. B- The Pharcyde A Bizzare Ride II the Pharcyde Delicious Vinyl Reviewed by Scott Johnson Remember back in the day when a funky new group named De La Soul came out with that wack r^ that had everyone praising the D.A.I.S.Y (DA Inner Sound Yall)age. Or when A Tribe Called Quest followed up with their crazy styles on songs like “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo” and “Bonita Applebum.” Well, welcome to the modem day version of these groups, the Pharcyde (pronounced Far Side). While groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, have setUed down on their second albums. The Pharcyde brings back that original funky style on their debut album A Bizzare Ride II the Pharcyde. The Pharcyde made their debut in the rap world on the Brand New Heavies latest album (which fea tures Black Sheep, Gang Starr, Large Professor, etc.) with a track called “Soul Flower.” If you haven’t heard this song, checkout the remix which can be heard on the Pharcyde’s album. Another track which gets much props is “Officer,” which begins with a bite off of PE’s “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos.” Other notables are “Oh Shit,” “I’m That of Nigga” and the funny “Ya Mama.” “Ya Mama” is the funnies track on the album, and has begun to receive some radio play. A Bizzare Ride II the Pharcyde is full of fly songs and furuiy skits. Unlike most rappers nowadays, the Pharcyde don’t have the support of a major label or other boyz in the business; however, that makes this album better because everything is original. The samples are unique, the styles are fly, aiKl the music is definitely in there. The Pharcyde is one of those groups that have to grow on you because of their unique styles, but before you know it you will be hooked on one of the better albums to come out at the end of ‘92. B+ I®' Take the bizarre ride to the Pharcyde. This West Coast group has brought a new sound to rap.