CD Violent by Design [Deluxe Edition] [PA] [Digipak] (CD 1049125),
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Violent by Design [Deluxe Edition] [PA] [Digipak]

  • 1. Intro
    2. Retaliation
    3. Contra
    4. Speech Cobras
    5. Breath of God Interlude
    6. Death March
    7. Words from Mr. Len, Pt. 1
    8. I Against I
    9. Exertions Remix - (Remix, remix, featuring Virtuoso/Esoteric/Bahamadia)
    10. Prophecy Interlude, The
    11. Heavenly Divine
    12. Sacrafice
    13. Permanant Midnight Interlude
    14. Deer Hunter, The
    15. Blood Reign - (featuring Diamondback/Louis Logic/B.A. Barakus)
    16. Words from Mr. Len, Pt. 2
    17. Gengis Khan
    18. Trinity - (featuring Louis Logic/L Fudge)
    19. Executioners Dream, The
    20. Muerte
    21. Heavenly Divine Remix - (Remix, remix)
    22. Army of the Pharaohs: War Ensemble - (featuring Esoteric/Virtuoso)
    23. [Untitled] - (featuring Jus Allah)
    24. Retaliation Remix - (Remix, remix)
    25. Blood Runs Cold
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 22

  • Credits
    ProducerMr. Len; Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind
    EngineerStoupe The Enemy Of Mankind

    Audio Mixers: Chris Conway; Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind.
    Liner Note Author: Fat Tony.
    Recording information: BPM Studios, Boston, MA; Onesoul Bedroom.
    Like all excellent underground hip-hop acts, Philadelphia's Jedi Mind Tricks want to sound like Kool Keith but actually make some sense. That they've now moved on from their debut album's UFO-a-philia into more sociopolitical ramblings shouldn't distract you: Violent By Design again shows a group that still knows their nobly skewed stuff. Even when they add a third solid member, JusAllah (aka Megatraum), and about 400 guest spots. There are tales of pipe-wielding violence and obligatory Star Wars references, amusing uses of Hulk Hogan and Pi samples, but Stoupe's newly jagged and ominous turntablist hooks give you a new barren, kung-fu film landscape for those imaginative nights when you're truly feeling sinister. The Virtuoso, Esoteric, and Bahamadia collaboration "Exertions" superbly captures a sloping account of reparation, placentas, and Zodiac killers, while "The Prophecy" interlude sounds like a hip-hop cousin to the dark jazz played in the club scene of David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Hardcore vulgarity and pointed, Wu-Tang hooks notwithstanding, Jedi Mind Tricks are well-versed in contradictions. They know how to intimidate without gangsta pretensions and they know how to create menace without losing sight of humor or clarity. ~ Dean Carlson

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