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  • Jedi Mind Tricks - Legacy Of Blood

    I've seen several people requesting this and other Jedi Mind Tricks albums.


    With violent imagery so rampant in the past decade of hip-hop, the fact that Jedi Mind Tricks' third album manages a cover shot that actually succeeds in shocking is either impressive or disturbing, depending on your disposition. Same goes for Vinnie Paz's tougher-than-leather flow that hollers down "faggots" and paints pictures of ultra-violence in a way that would make -A Clockwork Orange seem almost friendly by comparison. This is hard music for hard times, and it makes no concessions to the blinged-out mainstream on JMT's left flank, nor the conscious emo-rap on the right. But walking the middle ground, he declares "I don't want to die anymore/I don't want to cry anymore/Don't want to lie anymore...I just want y'all to be dead" on "The Worst," and it's hard to sympathize. Producer Stoupe's minor-key beat suites chime melodically, yet feature tempos just quick enough to keep up with Paz's manic energy. In fact, keeping up with Paz gets exhausting at points, but guest MCs Des Devious, Sean Price, and Killah Priest keep up nicely with the absolutely stunning rhymes by GZA on both versions of "On the Eve of War," and actually have a calming effect (despite the album's hokiest beat on the main version of the cut). Though probably too aggressive for anyone old enough to clearly remember JMT's classic 2000 album, Violent By Design, Legacy of Blood is not without its moments. But after five years, Paz should have found at least one more subject to rhyme about. ~ Joshua Glazer, All Music Guide

    1 Intro (1:27)
    2 Age of Sacred Terror (4:27)
    3 Scars of the Crucifix (4:00)
    4 Death Falls Silent (Interlude) (0:23)
    5 Saviorself (4:28)
    6 On the Eye of War (Julio Cesar Chavez Mix) (Mix) (3:59)
    7 Darkest Throne (Interlude) (0:45)
    8 Worst (4:03)
    9 Verses of the Bleeding (3:48)
    10 Beyond the Gates of Pain (3:41)
    11 Farewell to the Flesh (Interlude) (0:54)
    12 And So It Burns (4:24)
    13 Spirit of Hate (Interlude) (0:59)
    14 Me Ne Shalto (3:52)
    15 On the Eve of War (Meldrick Taylor Mix) (Mix) (2:58)
    16 Winds Devouring Men (Interlude) (0:54)
    17 Philosophy of Horror (3:57)
    18 Of the Spirit and the Sun (Interlude) (0:43)
    19 Before the Great Collapse (17:39)

  • #2
    I have this already, but props for uppin'...it's one of the best albums in the underground!


    • #3
      Props, yo! Never heard it yet...


      • #4
        heres a good new review from popmatters.com:

        Hate runs deep in the hearts of two men; Hate runs deep in the guts of all.

        If the devil were looking for disciples, two men willing to sacrifice their souls in the pursuit of all that is immoral -- one a warrior of words and the other a soldier of sound -- he need look no further than the unholy duo of MC Vinnie Paz and his producer Stoupe, the Philadelphia-based rap group known as Jedi Mind Tricks.

        For several years Jedi Mind Tricks laid low, preferring to hone their craft in the depths of hip-hop's underground. Which isn't to say that they'll emerge from the underground with their fourth album Legacy of Blood, because they're anything but radio-friendly. They're unlike the diluted rhythm and gangsta rap that's been pouring out of the radio for the last 10 years. To tolerate Jedi Mind Tricks you had better have a serious bloodlust and a strong stomach. Even then, it's Eminem's homophobia, Alexander the Great's "conquer the world" mentality, and Tupac's Machiavellian stage to the nth degree. Regardless of whether or not it's true, Vinnie Paz rhymes as if he has a lot of corpses in his past. Now let all of that steep in Stoupe's alluring cinematic orchestration and follow Vinnie's orders, "Don't be scared, just be prepared for the worst".

        Legacy of Blood is a horror show. You half-expect each track to begin with the declaration that "God is dead" and on the bloodthirsty "Scars of the Crucifix", an Islam-worshipping Paz actually vows to destroy the Christian deity. Lines like "my appetite for blood is brutally insatiable" and "I spit a rap to liquefy your guts and lungs / But the devil made me do it", leave you reeling as Stoupe's unyielding production threatens to slit your throat.

        Strings saturate the tension-riddled, Julio Caesar Chavez mix of "On the Eve of War", which features GZA/Genius of the Wu-Tang Clan. If Legacy of Blood were an action movie, this song would be the frantic, vertigo-inducing chase flick where Vinnie puts the squeeze on weak MCs as Stoupe's classical orchestration fuels the chase, surging with a rush of pure adrenaline. At the climax, GZA steps into the ring to spit that unmistakable liquid sword flow with ease.

        When Paz's lyrics take hold, you can feel the cold steel of a 22 caliber Desert Eagle butt up against the side of your face. You don't ask questions; you just follow along as Jedi Mind Tricks pluck you from your reality for a 19-track exercise in escapism. As for Stoupe, his instrumentals are nothing short of majestic. His grandiose production weaves vivid narratives through your ears, lowering you to the depths of Paz's tortured psyche. On every track, he creates the soon-to-be blood-splattered backdrop for Vinnie's sociopath behavior. It's the perfect partnership; a real murder incorporated. Stoupe's beats provide just enough light to navigate Paz's tunnel of hate, but not enough to lead you from the belly of the beast. You begin to realize that not only do you enjoy it, but you feel compelled to participate in the homicidal rampage. Your kidnappers have brainwashed you; you're suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

        Have you ever done something you shouldn't have? Why'd you do it? Was it for that potent mixture of dishonesty and excitement? Legacy of Blood revisits that recipe, providing a fix that's hard to kick.

        On the album's closer "Before the Great Collapse", Vinnie cops to all the ills of his brain by rhyming his suicide letter. If I remember right, there's a body in the trunk (parallel rap storyline: Eminem's "Stan"). The beat is strung out on a galaxy of multicolored uppers and downers. The soul sample perks up just as the horns nod off and the beat trickles down the windshield like raindrops. Ultimately, the high can't be sustained. In the end, the track swerves across four lanes of traffic, over the bridge, careening onto a concrete embankment. You survive. From the back seat, you can hear Vinnie's breathing slow and finally cease at the end of the ride. Click your heels three times. When you wake up 666 miles away, don't be surprised when you discover a legacy of blood on your hands.

        You may feel the urge to relive the experience again and again. Being an accomplice to lyrical murder gets easy with time.
        What I'm Listening To


        • #5
          can anyone indiviually up the last the last track?

          I bought the cd a while back but for some weird reason it's gone missing. I have the album on PC minus track 19
          Last edited by tillz dogg!!; 03-27-2005, 10:54 AM.


          • #6
            Sure, here it is:

            BTW, good review marksman.


            • #7
              Thanks Alot geez, Rep for That


              • #8
                On the Eve of War is one of my favorite songs off here. GZA spits such a good verse.
                you can't spell thugs without hugs


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