It’s been a long time coming, but we promised you that it would be worth the wait! Ever since Nashville rising hip hop star Chancellor Warhol first dropped his single “The Kennedy’s” and teased a new full-length back in the summer, we’ve been eagerly anticipating its release. Shortly after the announcement, and nearly six months ago, we first heard Paris Is Burning, at a one-of-a-kind listening party at Sudekum Planetarium. We gave you our take, along with single “Au Revoir,” all the way back then, and have since been counting the days until the rest of the world could hear what we consider to be a near-masterpiece. Winter brought another single, “Nothing,” and a false start on Paris‘ release. After a month’s delay and the premiere of a new music video for “Au Revoir,” however, Paris Is Burning has finally arrived, and we’re salivating over the chance to dig back into it. It’s every bit as smart, epic, dense, and provocative as we remembered, and it goes without saying that it’s Warhol’s best. It’s also not only one of the best hip hop releases of 2014 so far, but one of the best albums period. Chancellor Warhol is on a path to not just put Nashville hip hop on the map, but to become synonymous with the concept, and we’re simply happy to be along for the ride.
Rather than give it the full-on review treatment, we’ll let the music speak for itself. Stream Paris on Spotify (or embedded after the jump), and buy it on iTunes (for just $7.99) to support art that matters.