Paris – Sleeping With The Enemy


Bush Killa Download
The Days of Old Download
Assata’s Song Download
from Sleeping With The Enemy (1992, Scarface Records)
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Originally slated for a pre-presidential election release in 1992, this sophomore effort by Paris was intentionally suppressed by the recording establishment until after the election in November of that year. It caused a firestorm of controversy with two songs in particular, “Bush Killa,” a revenge fantasy about the assassination of then-president George Bush (Sr.) for neglect of poor conditions in oppressed communities nationwide, and, “Coffee, Donuts & Death,” a cop-killing tirade intended to vent frustration at corrupt officers who rape, brutalize and kill black people at will. A precursor to the L.A. uprisings, this project was eventually released on Paris’ own Scarface Records after Time Warner shareholders and media pressure prevented former Warner-subsidiary Tommy Boy Records from releasing it. Unapologetic in it’s defense of free speech and oppressed communities everywhere, Sleeping With The Enemy further upped the ante for lyrical content and cemented Paris’ place as one of the most introspective poets in hip-hop. The album sits well with today’s politics (Bush Jr.) as it did 14 years ago (Bush Sr.) A truly slept on west coast album.

  1. Time Warner stopping this album being dropped by Tommy Boy was the best thing that ever happened to Paris as he sued them and started Scarface Records with the money he go from them. The money mixed with the promotion he got from it all couldn’t have been scripted any better.

    • Punk-cho
    • September 30th, 2006

    Yo! in this album there are 3 songs co-produced by dj shadow (the days of old is one of them). maybe you already know that, but I think is an interesting information. Thanks for the music.
    (You can chek this info at

    • audio1
    • October 2nd, 2006

    Thanks for the info Bullant and Punk-cho. I didnt know that and I am glad I know now. I love The Days of Old. Nice track.

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