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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." 


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 by Design...
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