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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 Stoupe's production--split evenly between moody, down-tempo beats and not-quite-commercial, mariachi- and salsa-inflected rhythms--that once again carries the day. Unfortunately, the lyrical content--a mélange of clichéd hip-hop signifiers and mixed religious metaphors--just can't match up to Stoupe's beats. The copious guest appearances (includingKool G Rap,Non Phixion, andRas Kass) are sure to draw curious bystanders to JMT's special brand of esoterica, but they can't hide the fact that lyrically the duo seems to have lost a bit of their visionary edge. If you’re looking for dope Stoupe beats with lyrics to match, you might do better to check out another 2003 Stoupe production, Canibus’sRip the Jacker.--Rebecca Levine
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Label:  Babygrande Records
ArtistJedi Mind Tricks
Release Date:  August 26, 2003
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review by . August 31, 2003
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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 …
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