Black-on-black crime and violence, war, police brutality and politics are among the issues addressed on rapper Paris' forthcoming album Acid Reflex.
With the nation in the middle of an important presidential election year, the timing of the project couldn't be better, according to Paris.
"There's no time like the present to speak out on issues and use the most popular form of musical entertainment to motivate and inform," Paris told AllHipHop.com in a statement.
On Acid Reflex, the Bay Area rapper/activist speaks out on what he feels is "the need for more of an equal balance between positive and negative influences in entertainment."
"That's why I decided to call the album Acid Reflex - it's an aggressive response to what I see going on, Paris said. There are a lot of people out there who feel like mainstream music doesn't truly reflect their concerns or how they feel. Our art form is being kept artificially young and artificially dumb. Listeners of all ages are noticing that there's more to what we do than what's given us on the radio and on TV."
Fans can get a preview of what to expect from Acid Reflex with the album's first single "Don't Stop the Movement."
The song, which features rapper T. K.A.S.H., will be released in early August.
In addition to T-K.A.S.H., Paris enlists Public Enemy leader Chuck D and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Parliament/Funkadelic frontman George "Dr. Funkenstein" Clinton for Acid Reflex.
The album, which will be released on the rapper's Guerrilla Funk Recordings and Filmworks, LLC, is among a string of ventures Paris is spearheading to expand the Guerrilla Funk brand.
Paris' Acid Reflex is slated to hit stores on Sept. 9.