Jedi Mind Tricks Address Stoupe's Departure, Citing "Lost Passion"
UPDATE: Vinnie Paz says that he and Jus Allah grew "tired of waiting," as the longtime music-maker for JMT goes on to other projects. Paz notes that the signature hardcore sound is in tact.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania veteran hardcore Hip Hop group Jedi Mind Tricks announced plans to release their seventh studio album, Violence Begets Violence on October 25. The longtime collective of emcees Vinnie Paz and Jus Allah with producer Stoupe (and DJ Kwestion) will change for this release. Producer Stoupe is not involved, as guest producers - including longtime affiliates Scott Stallone and Shuko will fill in. Guests include Outsidaz' Pacewon and Young Zee, Blacastan and Fuschnickens' Chip Fu.
This release will also be through Enemy Soil Records, after the group's lengthy tenure with Babygrande Records, after Superregular Records at the beginning of their career. Last year, both Vinnie Paz and Stoupe pursued solo and side projects respectively.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Intro (produced by Scott Stallone)
2. Burning the Mirror (produced by C-Lance)
3. When Crows Descend Upon You featuring Demoz (produced by Hypnotist Beats)
4. Fuck Ya Life featuring Blacastan (produced by Junior Makhno)
5. Imperial Tyranny featuring King Magnetic (produced by C-Lance)
6. Design in Malice featuring Young Zee & Pacewon (produced by Mr. Green)
7. Weapon of Unholy Wrath (produced by Shuko)
8. Target Practice (produced by Hypnotist Beats)
9. Carnival of Souls featuring Demoz (produced by Grand Finale)
10. Willing a Destruction onto Humanity (produced by C-Lance)
11. Chalice featuring Chip Fu (produced by Illinformed)
12. BloodBorn Enemy (produced by Nero)
13. The Sacrilege of Fatal Arms (produced by C-Lance)
14. Street Lights (produced by Nero)
UPDATE: Jedi Mind Tricks co-founder Vinnie Paz released the following statement just moments ago. "By now you have heard that this is the first Jedi Mind Tricks album we've made without Stoupe handling the production. [The] bottom line is [that] at some point after making our last album, A History of Violence, Stoupe lost his passion for making Hip Hop and wanted to try new things. Through our career, we've always waited on him to get inspired to make a new album, but this time around we got tired of waiting out his creative drought. He tried to produce some things for this new album, but we could tell early on that his heart wasn't in making JMT records anymore. He's moved on as a producer to work in other genres with his side-projects, Dutch and Vespertina, and we've moved on with a new crop of talented producers to make the hardcore Hip Hop we’ve always been known for."
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