Sleeping with the Enemy (album)

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Sleeping with the Enemy
Paris - Sleeping with the Enemy.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 24, 1992
Recorded1991−1992
GenrePolitical Hip Hop,[1] Hardcore Hip Hop [2]
Length55:45
LabelScarface Records
ProducerParis
Kif
Shadow
Paris chronology
The Devil Made Me Do It
(1990)
Sleeping with the Enemy
(1992)
Guerrilla Funk
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[5]

Sleeping With the Enemy is the second album of U.S. political rapper Paris. Released in 1992, it stimulated much controversy with the songs "Bush Killa" (a revenge fantasy about the assassination of then-President George H. W. Bush) and "Coffee, Donuts & Death," (a cop-killing tirade). It also featured a young DJ Shadow on production.

Originally scheduled for a pre-presidential election release in 1992, the album was eventually released on Paris’ own Scarface Records after Time Warner shareholders and media pressure prevented then-Warner Bros. Records subsidiary Tommy Boy Records from releasing the project.

It was re-released in a limited release subtitled The Deluxe Edition; it was digitally enhanced, reworked, and contains alternate versions. The album sold over 480,000[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Enema (Live At The White House)"
  2. "Make Way for a Panther"
  3. "Sleeping with the Enemy"
  4. "House Niggas Bleed Too"
  5. "Bush Killa"
  6. "Coffee, Doughnuts, & Death"
  7. "Thinka 'Bout It"
  8. "Guerrillas in the Mist"
  9. "The Days of Old"
  10. "Long Hot Summer"
  11. "Conspiracy of Silence" feat. LP and Sun Dubious
  12. "Funky Li'l Party"
  13. "Check it out, Ch'all"
  14. "Rise"
  15. "Assata's Song"
  16. "Bush Killa" (Hellraiser Mix)

Personnel[edit]

  • D.J. Yon: Scratches on "Coffee, Doughnuts, and Death"
  • Eric Bertaud: Saxophone on "Assata's Song"
  • Victor Hall: Photography
  • J. Alex: Graphics
  • Mike Martin: Engineering and production assistance

Samples[edit]

  • "Guerrillas in the Mist"
  • "Assata's Song"
  • "Coffee, Donuts & Death"
  • "Long Hot Summer"
  • "Make Way for a Panther"
  • "Sleeping With the Enemy"
  • "The Days of Old"
  • "Thinka 'Bout It"
  • "Check It Out Ch'all"
  • "Bush Killa"

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/sleeping-with-the-enemy-mw0000093210
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/sleeping-with-the-enemy-mw0000093210
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Paris - Sleeping with the Enemy". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Paris: Sleeping with the Enemy". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 9780312245603.
  5. ^ Hunt, Dennis (1992-12-13). "PARIS "Sleeping With the Enemy", Scarface". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  6. ^ Peter Byrne (2003-12-03). "Capital Rap - Page 2 - News - San Francisco". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2012-01-07.

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