The Devil Made Me Do It

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The Devil Made Me Do It
Paris - The Devil Made Me Do It.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 9, 1990[1]
RecordedFall 1989 – Summer 1990
GenrePolitical hip hop[2]
LabelScarface/Tommy Boy[3]
ProducerParis
D.R.
Paris chronology
The Devil Made Me Do It
(1990)
Sleeping with the Enemy
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]

The Devil Made Me Do It is the debut studio album by American rapper Paris.[3][5] It was released on October 9, 1990, on Tommy Boy Records.[6] Paris toured the US and Europe that year to promote the record. The album eventually sold over 300,000 copies according to the emcee.[7]

Release[edit]

The title track was banned on MTV.[8][9] Some record stores refused to carry a version of the album, due to a cover image of a police officer putting a Black boy in a chokehold.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Trouser Press praised the "diverse, imaginative and burningly intense self-produced tracks."[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" – 0:40
  2. "Scarface Groove" – 4:35
  3. "This Is a Test" – 2:47
  4. "Panther Power" – 3:58
  5. "Break the Grip of Shame" 3:34
  6. "Warning" – 1:07
  7. "Ebony" – 3:56
  8. "Brutal" – 3:53
  9. "On the Prowl" – 1:10
  10. "The Devil Made Me Do It" – 4:12
  11. "The Hate That Hate Made" – 1:09
  12. "Mellow Madness" – 4:50
  13. "I Call Him Mad" – 4:17
  14. "Escape from Babylon" – 5:18
  15. "Wretched" – 3:32
  16. "Break the Grip of Shame (The Final Call)" (Bonus track) – 8:06
  17. "Devil Made Me Do It (Poach a Pig Mix)" (Bonus track) – 5:44

Samples[edit]

Break the Grip of Shame

Brutal

Panther Power

Scarface Groove

The Devil Made Me Do It

Warning

  • "Chicken Yellow" by Miami

I Call Him Mad

Ebony

Mellow Madness

  • "Siempre Hay Esperanza" by Sade

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Album Charting Billboard 200 R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
The Devil Made Me Do It 158 41[12]

Singles[edit]

Single Chart Position
"The Devil Made Me Do It" Hot Rap Singles 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paris Drops 'The Devil Made Me Do It' Album: Today in Hip-Hop - XXL". XXL Mag.
  2. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "The Devil Made Me Do It – Paris". AllMusic. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Paris | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 6. MUZE. p. 411.
  5. ^ "Bay Area rapper Paris maintains firebrand approach to hip-hop". January 12, 2016.
  6. ^ Wilson, Jamie J. (February 16, 2018). The Black Panther Party: A Guide to an American Subculture. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313392542 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Byrne, Peter (December 3, 2003). "Capital Rap". SF Weekly. San Francisco Media Co. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
  8. ^ "Paris bio". MTV. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
  9. ^ Strauss, Neil (April 3, 2003). "Furor Over Rapper's Cover-Art Statement (Published 2003)" – via NYTimes.com.
  10. ^ Miller, Paul D. (March 14, 2008). Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture. MIT Press. ISBN 9780262266468 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ "Paris". Trouser Press. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Paris". Billboard.

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