Remember when hip hop albums had upwards of 20 tracks, with as many features? Oh, early 2000’s, how I miss you! Perhaps no album personifies this era of “underground crew albums” as the sophomore release of Jedi Mind Tricks: Violent By Design. Featuring the devastating one-two punch of two emcees and the exclusive production of mad genius (and best name in Hip Hop) Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind. Mainstay Vinnie Paz (aka Ikon the Hologram) and on-again-off-again emcee Jus Allah deliver an acerbic barrage against the White Christian One Percent Establishment.
That, and whack emcees.
Seriously, this album is a seminal classic that ushered in the brutal era of violent, underground rap at it’s lyrical peak.
“Heavenly Divine” is one of the hallmark tracks of the underground era. What’s your favorite? Comment below!