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Album Review

Like all excellent underground hip-hop acts, Philadelphia's Jedi Mind Tricks want to sound like Kool Keith but actually make some sense. That they've now moved on from their debut album's UFO-a-philia into more sociopolitical ramblings shouldn't distract you: Violent By Design again shows a group that still knows their nobly skewed stuff. Even when they add a third solid member, JusAllah (aka Megatraum), and about 400 guest spots. There are tales of pipe-wielding violence and obligatory Star Wars references, amusing uses of Hulk Hogan and Pi samples, but Stoupe's newly jagged and ominous turntablist hooks give you a new barren, kung-fu film landscape for those imaginative nights when you're truly feeling sinister. The Virtuoso, Esoteric, and Bahamadia collaboration "Exertions" superbly captures a sloping account of reparation, placentas, and Zodiac killers, while "The Prophecy" interlude sounds like a hip-hop cousin to the dark jazz played in the club scene of David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Hardcore vulgarity and pointed, Wu-Tang hooks notwithstanding, Jedi Mind Tricks are well-versed in contradictions. They know how to intimidate without gangsta pretensions and they know how to create menace without losing sight of humor or clarity.

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A True Classic and a Great Value

Underground hip-hop fans hail this as the best Jedi Mind Tricks album to date, with epic beats and hard lyrics. And at $9.99 for a 25-track album, the value here is insane. Even if you hate half the album it's still a steal compared to the mainstream albums which have half the tracks and maintain the same price (not to mention they are half the audio quality and DRM-stricken). A must have. It's also a plus that Babygrande Records decided to convert their entire library to iTunes Plus... that means 256kbps AAC with no DRM. Put it on any device you wish and do what you want with it, the album is yours.


Jedi mind tricks kill it on death march

Listen to: "Blood Runs Cold" & "Trinity"

these are my favorite Jedi Mind Tricks Tracks even though they are not the most popular you will definantly like these songs if you prefer underground stuff like immortal technique, old school Mobb Deep, Gang starr... etc


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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Violent By Design, Jedi Mind Tricks
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