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Paris has been around for a very long time, being one of the "New Jack Swing"/Hip Hop crossover artists from the early 90's. At that time; releases like "The Devil Made Me Do It" proved to be a little too ambitious for the average listener, at a time when Gangsta rap was the order of the day, 2Pac, Biggie Wallace and Warren G/Dre had the bulk of the airplay...
A good friend's parents owned a "Mom & Pop Store" music shop, which meant they stocked a wider selection than mainstream outlets. I first discovered Paris in the early 90's, right away I could tell that this was a totally different beast to the rest. His rhymes are laced with metaphors and deep troubling thoughts, that stick in your mind until long after the album finishes.
This album continues this theme of political, social and economic insights. The title track "Acid Reflex" is a great summarising of many different points, also consolidating his previous work in context. It's hard to pick individual tracks, as the whole album causes you to question what you know about certain things. Paris has a really laid back way of painting pictures from a specific demographic of the U.S, angry young men who welcome knowledge and educate themselves...come on admit it...not exactly the stereotype of hip-hop. He merges assaults on the American benefits system with foreign policy in the same verse...clever stuff. I would definitely recommend this album to people who are maturing from the "head nodding" hip-hop into something that requires the listener to pay attention to what is being said. Top marks from me!
this is a pretty good listen if you like Paris, or even if you are new to his music. his lyrics are always thought provoking and on point. the reason I only gave it four stars is because it seems like some of the songs are recycled with updated lyrics? in other words, starting to sound repetitive to those of us that have his previous offerings. still love my man Paris, but he kinda needs to update his sound.