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Paris

  • Big Towne, 2061 [Capitol, 1976] B
  • Pistol Politics [Guerrilla Funk, 2015] A-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Big Towne, 2061 [Capitol, 1976]
Here's Robert Welch, the American rock singer who joined Fleetwood Mac in 1971 and quit in frustration in 1975. His second LP--smooth and hard-rocking, or course--is perfect for Fleetwood Mac fans nostalgic for Mystery to Me. Wherever you are. B

Pistol Politics [Guerrilla Funk, 2015]
The Bush killa switched from rapper to stockbroker circa Y2K, made a modest fortune, then returned to music self-financed and angrier than ever. America? "We lead the world in only three categories-number of characters locked up, number of grown folks who believe angels are real, and defense spending." Obama? "They hate 'cause he black. We hate 'cause he wrong." And those are mere cappers. Like Boots Riley, Paris rhymes over the kind of old-fashioned funk favored in the East Bay from Too Short to Lyrics Born, inveighing knowledgeably for an hour and a half against the capitalism he knows so well as he drops his own brand of street science-try "Side Effect," about thugging without health insurance, "Murder Suit," about funeral wear, "Truce Music," about ending hostilities best redirected, "Bring That Slap Back," about armed self-defense. Of course I don't "agree" with everything he says. Do I "agree" with Lil Wayne? Anyway, usually I do. A-