"God of the Serengeti" by Vinnie Paz on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

A super-hardcore Philadelphia emcee, Vinnie Paz is best known for his work with Jedi Mind Tricks and the spin-off crews Army of the Pharaohs and Heavy Metal Kings. Instantly recognizable with his gruff and grimy attack-dog flow, his rhymes balance ultra-violent aggression, religious philosophies, political commentary, and street-centric humor. God of the Serengeti is his second solo album (following 2010's Season of the Assassin). It finds him connecting with some of the game's best producers, including Premier, Havoc, Psycho Les, Stu Bangas, and Marco Polo, plus OG rappers like Scarface, Mobb Deep, Kool G Rap, R.A the Rugged Man, Tragedy Khadafi, and Blaq Poet. Absolutely devastating and relentlessly heavy-hitting, this is blood-drenched, thugged-out but intellectual hip-hop, the perfect soundtrack to an armageddon. Most every track on here is awesome, but "7 Fires of Prophecy," "And Your Blood Will Blot Out the Sun," "Duel to the Death," and "Crime Library" are extra-ferocious.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A super-hardcore Philadelphia emcee, Vinnie Paz is best known for his work with Jedi Mind Tricks and the spin-off crews Army of the Pharaohs and Heavy Metal Kings. Instantly recognizable with his gruff and grimy attack-dog flow, his rhymes balance ultra-violent aggression, religious philosophies, political commentary, and street-centric humor. God of the Serengeti is his second solo album (following 2010's Season of the Assassin). It finds him connecting with some of the game's best producers, including Premier, Havoc, Psycho Les, Stu Bangas, and Marco Polo, plus OG rappers like Scarface, Mobb Deep, Kool G Rap, R.A the Rugged Man, Tragedy Khadafi, and Blaq Poet. Absolutely devastating and relentlessly heavy-hitting, this is blood-drenched, thugged-out but intellectual hip-hop, the perfect soundtrack to an armageddon. Most every track on here is awesome, but "7 Fires of Prophecy," "And Your Blood Will Blot Out the Sun," "Duel to the Death," and "Crime Library" are extra-ferocious.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

210 Ratings

Paz the best.

Underground4life.,

This will demolish everything else out there.

Jedi Minds

tha#1fan,

Vinnie is too raw. Top 3 to ever do it. Looked at the track list online. He's workin with great producers and featuring tons of phenomenal artists on this album. I thought Season of the Assassin would be his peak. Naw this one will be his best yet.

About Vinnie Paz

A member of both Jedi Mind Tricks and Army of the Pharaohs, underground rapper Vinnie Paz launched his solo career in 2010 with the album Season of the Assassin. Born Vincenzo Luvineri in Sicily, Italy, but raised in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, Paz formed Jedi Mind Tricks in 1996 with his high school friend, Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind. Two years later he would launch the Army of the Pharaohs project, a loose group with Paz as the only constant, as everyone from Bahamadia to Esoteric would rotate through the ranks over the next decade. A Paz single, "Raw Is War," appeared in 2000, but it wasn't until ten years later that he would return to his solo career, this time in earnest with the release of the Season of the Assassin album. A year later, he partnered with Ill Bill for the Paz/Bill album Heavy Metal Kings, while 2012 saw Paz's sophomore solo effort, God of the Serengeti, land with Mobb Deep, R.A. the Rugged Man, and DJ Premier all on the guest list. A second solo EP, Carry On Tradition, arrived in 2013, before Paz would return his focus to his side crews in the years that followed.

In 2014, Army of the Pharaohs released a pair of LPs, In Death Reborn and Heavy Lies the Crown. The next year, Jedi Mind Tricks' eighth release, The Thief and the Fallen, was issued. Four years after his prior solo jaunt, Paz unveiled his third LP, The Cornerstone of the Corner Store, in 2016. Released independently on his own Enemy Soil label, Cornerstone featured guest verses by Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass, Pharaohs comrade Demoz, Stoupe, and Malik B from the Roots. ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung

  • ORIGIN
    Sicily, Italy
  • BORN
    Oct 5, 1977

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