The menacing, cryptic style of Philly boys Vinnie Paz and Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind has served them well on cult classicsThe Psycho-Social CDandViolent By Design, making them champions of the underground. On the highly anticipatedVisions of Gandhiit's … see full wiki
Underground rap pioneers Jedi Mind Tricks new release features an assortment of guests, including members of Non-Phixion, as well as Tragedy Khadafi, Can-I-Bus, & Kool G Rap. This album is well produced, with solid beats and slick, varied samples. Memorable tracks include Animal Rap & Kublai Khan. There are some smooth interlude tracks on this album (though the use of interludes on rap/hip-hop CDs is becoming overdone in the genre). Nevertheless, the tone of this album is angry, filled with braggadoccio and even brief bytes of homophobia. Previous albums by this act were more thoughtful and featured more conscious lyrical creations. While better than most MTV/BET oriented hip-hop music, this album is disappointing and seems to be conforming more to mainstream hip-hop influences. I much prefer Jedi Mind Tricks previous releases, and hope that this album's lyrical assault is not a direction that the group will continue in.