Pablo’s Choice Record Of The Week – 22/06/2018 – Jedi Mind Tricks – The Bridge And The Abyss
22nd June 2018
The album has received great reviews, read a selection below.
This is for the lovers of boom-bap.
The latest Jedi Mind Tricks project is here. They have already given us a taste of the album with their single “You Have One Devil But Five Angels” and put out a music video for “La Muerta.”Their latest studio album “The Bridge and The Abyss” hits today. The LP is almost three times the length of most new rap records, counting 19 tracks. It includes features by Yes Alexander, Eamon, CZARFACE, Thea Alana, Scott Stallone, and late Sean Price (R.I.P brother). The songs deal a lot with death and other rough realities, creating an intense experience for the listener who pay attention to lyrics.
Jedi Mind Trick’s came up in what many might consider the sweet spot in the history of Hip-Hop. The group has been active since the early 90s, with their first official EP Amber Probe, which dropped in 1996. Their run has lasted over two decades and is clearly on track for another. This is their second project since the 2015 reunion of original members, Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind and Vinnie Paz. Listeners will find some classic sounds. Jedi Mind Tricks is staying true to its roots.
After triumphantly returning to form in 2015 with The Thief & The Fallen, Philadelphia underground legends Jedi Mind Tricks are now coming out of the blue with their 9th full-length album.
After a 96 second intro, we go into the first song “San La Muerte”. Here, MC Vinnie Paz talks about how he isn’t fucking with anyone over a sinister Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind instrumental. The track “Rashindun Caliphate” sees Vinnie talking to his haters over an instrumental with an eerie atmosphere to it while the song “Freshco & Miz” talks about their longevity over a boom bap beat with some jazzy horns. The track “When the Body Goes Cold” gets confrontational over a gloomy boom bap beat while the song “What She Left Behind” vividly describes an abusive relationship over an alluring soul sample & the drums are going off like Desert Eagles. Honestly, I think it’s the most disturbing JMT song I’ve ever listened to The track “Death Toll Rising” talks about ghetto life over a boom bap beat with a pretty Latin vocal sample & after the “Shed the Skin to Receive the World” interlude, we go into the song “Certified Dope”. Here, Pazzy spits that gun-talk over an instrumental that doesn’t really suit the vibe to me. The track “Hell’s Henchman” talks about snakes over an instrumental with some intense strings while the song “God Forsaken” is filled with murder bars over an instrumental that perfectly fits into a final battle. The track “Legacy of the Prophet” with Sean Price talks about their place in hip hop & while it is hard, I feel like we’ve heard Sean on so many JMT tracks at this point.