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Violent By Design

Jedi Mind Tricks

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Representing for Philly, Jedi Mind Tricks have been unleashing ultra-rugged, relentlessly thuggish hip-hop since the mid-'90s and are probably best known for their classic 2000 album Violent by Design. Sonically they're a bit like a mix of Killarmy, Non-Phixion, and Killah Priest. Dark and dense production backs extremist rhymes heavy on the bloodshed and street storytelling, interspersed with conspiracy theories and lyrical attacks on enemies. Though their lineup has weathered changes over the years (producer Stoupe recently left the group), their sound remains as raw as ever, with blistering verses and over-the-top lyricism from Vinnie Paz and Jus Allah. This is their seventh full-length and continues their tradition of hyper-intense, no-holds-barred fight music, with standout joints like "Target Practice", "Willing a Destruction onto Humanity", and "The Sacrilege of Fatal Arms". 

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The Definitive Hip-Hop Album

If I had to only listen to one Hip-Hop album ever again, it would be this one without a doubt. Every song perfect, every beat perfect, every interlude perfect, song arrangement perfect. For me this defines what makes Hip-Hop so great. I would find it almost impossible to pick a favourite song; if you want deep lyrics you've got "Sacrifice" and "Heavenly Divine", dope beats you've got "Trinity" and "Retalliation" (every beat is dope though!), straight out fight music you've got "Genghis Khan" and "War Ensemble"... you get the picture!!! Every guest on here brings amazing verses, Vinnie PAz and Jus Allah are incredible, and Stoupe's production is the best I have ever heard, and that is no hyperbole. As for criticisms about anti-Christianity, while this holds true to me it's just music and in the same way Martin Scorsese isn't really a vigilante taxi driver, it's only entertainment. Simply put, whether you like Hip-Hop or just good music buy this immediately.

Perhaps *The* Underground Hip-Hop Album

Raw, violent, jaw clenching rhymes delivered over soaring instrumentals. Should be the soundtrack to a Tarantino flick. Check out Retaliation, Exertions Remix, I Against I, and then download the lot. 8 quid for 25 dope tracks.

Absolute Classic

Best underground album ever! All time top 10 in all hip hop. Every song is a classic. Not even one wack tune here! Vinnie Paz and Jus Allah spit crazy rhymes over Stoupes inspirational beats! 10/5!

Biography

Formed: Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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