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A History of Violence

Jedi Mind Tricks

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Its not Violent By Design, but then again, ITS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE!

People have the most unrealistic of expectations for artists. People god mad at Micheal Jackson b/c "Bad" wasn't "Thriller". They got mad at Nas because "It Was Written" wasn't "Illmatic". They got mad at Wu-Tang because "Wu Tang Forever" wasn't "36 Chambers". They got mad at Prince because "Diamonds and Pearls" wasn't "Lovesexy" or "Purple Rain". Well, guess what geniuses, they aren't supposed to make the same album over and over again. Expect that and you will always be dissappointed. So long as the artist stays true to form, appreciate the music for what it is and stop putting unfair comparisons on these artists. Let them grow and do their thing. You will appreciate them for it in the end. Expect them to keep making the same LP over and over, they will get bored, and so will you. Then, you will find another reason to complain, talking about some "It sounds just like their old joint!" Well idiot, that is what you asked for! Kudos to JMT's uncompromising style. Another solid LP for JMT!

Not JMT's best but still the best rap cd in a while

I would give the cd a 4.5. Vinny is dope as ever and Stoupe remains one of the best and most creative producers to ever live but Jus Allah was a huge let down on this cd. He comes with the same flow on almost every song and some things he says dont even go together with anything it will just rhyme. Jus' flow is different and at times creative and interesting but it quickly gets played out and his rhyme scheme is nothing like that of Violent By Design. Still Vinny can carry a few weak verses by Jus and turn the song great. Also with the cds coming out now a days this could be as good as it gets.

A disappointment

From a group you can basically count on for 5 star albums time and again. Maybe I'm holding them to a higher standard, but this is the first album I've felt was a little uninspired by them. Which in itself is quite a statement to their greatness. Jus Allah is particularly disappointing. Why is he shouting on every track? His voice was always a nice contrast to Vinnie's gruff. His content is lacking too. Every track is "I am this, I am that". This coming from a brilliant lyricist that can just do better than this. Stoupe's beats are still amazing but also a little flatter than normal. Vinnie comes correct as always. I guess this album sounds a little rushed. I hope Jus can rediscover what made him great, and the next album is a banger.

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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