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An ultra-hardcore supercrew closely affiliated with Jedi Mind Tricks, Army of the Pharaohs have been around since the late '90s, though their lineup has evolved over the years. On their third album, the roster includes Vinnie Paz, Jus Allah, Apathy, Celph Titled, Outerspace, Reef the Lost Cauze, Journalist, King Magnetic, Des Devious, Block McCloud, Doap Nixon, and Demoz. As on their previous efforts Ritual of Battle and The Torture Papers, AOTP are all about chaos, destruction, and total domination, whether on the streets or in the studio. Supported by beats that are appropriately devastating and relentlessly rugged, AOTP basically wage war against lame rappers on every single track, mixing ferocious threats with deeply layered punchlines. If you're in the mood for sensitive emo-rap with shoutouts to tight pants and relationship issues, you've definitely come to the wrong place. Check out "Drenched in Blood," "Burn You Alive," "44 Magnum," and "Godzilla."

EDITORS’ NOTES

An ultra-hardcore supercrew closely affiliated with Jedi Mind Tricks, Army of the Pharaohs have been around since the late '90s, though their lineup has evolved over the years. On their third album, the roster includes Vinnie Paz, Jus Allah, Apathy, Celph Titled, Outerspace, Reef the Lost Cauze, Journalist, King Magnetic, Des Devious, Block McCloud, Doap Nixon, and Demoz. As on their previous efforts Ritual of Battle and The Torture Papers, AOTP are all about chaos, destruction, and total domination, whether on the streets or in the studio. Supported by beats that are appropriately devastating and relentlessly rugged, AOTP basically wage war against lame rappers on every single track, mixing ferocious threats with deeply layered punchlines. If you're in the mood for sensitive emo-rap with shoutouts to tight pants and relationship issues, you've definitely come to the wrong place. Check out "Drenched in Blood," "Burn You Alive," "44 Magnum," and "Godzilla."

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About Jedi Mind Tricks

The underground hip-hop duo Jedi Mind Tricks started out in the streets of Philadelphia in early 1996. Friends since high school, producer Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind and MCs Vinnie Paz (aka Ikon the Verbal Hologram) released the Amber Probe EP in 1996 and, one year later, gained a cult following with the full-length Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological & Electro Magnetic Manipulation (which was reissued in 2003 courtesy of the Babygrande label). Released in 2000, the sophomore effort Violent by Design marked the group's last album before signing to Babygrande, as well as the first to feature Jus Allah (aka Megatron). Jus Allah's tenure in the group proved to be short-lived, however, as he left soon after the album's release.

Under the labelship of Babygrande, Jedi Mind Tricks issued 2003's Visions of Gandhi -- which included the song "Animal Rap," featuring Paz's idol Kool G Rap -- and 2004's Legacy of Blood, not to mention a compilation of early 12" records titled Outerspace). The duo also began featuring an army of rappers on their albums, with regular guests including 7L, Esoteric, Apathy, Tragedy Khadafi, and Louis Logic. In 2006, Vinnie Paz's hip-hop supergroup made its full-length debut with Army of the Pharaohs: The Torture Papers, while the release of Jedi Mind Tricks' Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell proved that the MC's primary group was still functioning. Jus Allah then made his return to the JMT lineup, which issued A History of Violence in 2008. 2011 found the release of Violence Begets Violence, the collective's first release without the production help of Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind. ~ Rob Theakston

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