Paris

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Paris

Oscar Jackson Jr. One of the most overlooked political MC's of the late 80's/early 90's. Witness a line from "Break the Grip of Shame": "Remember back when good rap was just a cool dance hit/even though it wasn't saying sh*t?/Well them days is gone/I don't play that!.../I keep pushing that movement rock". Prior to his MC'ing, Oscar earned an economics degree from San Francisco's University of California-Davis. To kick off his career, he started his own record label, Scarface Records (no association to the MC from Geto Boys), to better promote his music underground. Eventually, he found support from Tommy Boy Records, who released his debut album The Devil Made Me Do It in 1990. Videos for the aforementioned "Break the Grip of Shame" & "The Hate that Hate Made" were both banned from MTV. Paris' 2nd LP, Sleeping With The Enemy in 1992 encountered even more problems with the track "Bush Killa", leading to his dismissal from the Tommy Boy imprint prior to it's release. The album was released anyway under his previous Scarface label but was criminally under-distributed due to it's politically-charged tone. In 1994 a short-lived deal with Priority Records resulted in the Guerilla Funk LP, but still little or no distribution. Four years later, his 1998 LP Unleashed found him adopting a more G-friendly flow & then disappearing from the scene altogether in favor of a career in stock-trading. However in 2003 he formed a new record label, Guerilla Funk Records, & released Sonic Jihad, a return to his political roots, with more releases planned for the near future.