Over the past 12+ years, the name Jedi Mind Tricks has become synonymous with raw, gritty underground hip-hop. With November 11th's 6th studio release, "A History of Violence," Vinnie Paz, beat maestro Stoupe and long estranged "partner in rhyme" Jus Allah reunite, rekindling the spirit of their last collaborative full length, 1998's renowned classic "Violent By Design." A mature masterpiece, Jedi's signature style continues to evolve as the group moves self-assuredly into their second decade as undisputed leaders within the independent hip-hop landscape; their unique sound, and the movement that it has spawned, is responsible for no less than the genesis of an entire sub-genre of music.
And now Jedi Mind Tricks has returned with a renewed vigor. With the first single, "Monolith," Stoupe laces sultry vocals upon a head-nodding drum line, setting the backdrop for Vinnie's politically and socially incendiary lyrical delivery (political sentiment also served to inspire the album title and accompanying cover imagery).
And for the first time in years, the duo's inimitable sound is rounded out by the fiery vocals of erstwhile member Jus Allah. Re-united and reconstituted, this is the Jedi Mind Tricks that both captivated a generation and paved the way for a flourishing sub-culture of hardcore independent hip-hop.Be sure to catch Jedi on their "A History of Violence" Fall Tour (dates below) and don't forget to check out "Divine Fire: The Story of Jedi Mind Tricks" DVD and limited edition varsity jacket, available exclusively through Ihiphop.com.
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"A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE" TOUR DATES:
10/24/08 Cambridge, MA Middle East
10/25/08 Portland, ME TBA
10/26/08 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
10/28/08 Chicago, IL Subterranean
10/30/08 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
10/31/08 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
11/03/08 Las Vegas, NV Jillian's
11/05/08 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
11/06/08 San Francisco, CA Slim's
11/07/08 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
11/08/08 San Diego, CA Canes Bar & Grill
11/09/08 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse Music Venue
11/11/08 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
11/13/08 San Antonio, TX TBA
11/14/08 Austin, TX Emo's
11/15/08 New Orleans, LA The Parish @ House of Blues
11/17/08 Orlando, FL The Social
11/20/08 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
11/21/08 Wilmington, NC The Soapbox
11/23/08 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
11/24/08 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
11/25/08 New York, NY The Blender Theatre @ Gramercy
11/26/08 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theater
Jedi Mind Tricks
"A History of Violence"
In Stores November 11th