Jedi Mind Tricks: Force Unleashed An Banger Interview !! Vinnie States That Hipsters are Gay !! 

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By Mikey Fresh
On the eve of the most historical Presidential elections in America’s history, the vocal side of Jedi Mind Tricks is on yet another tour bus leaving the infamous Las Vegas Strip. The trio [MCs Vinnie Paz and Jus Allah, with Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind on beats] from the City of Brotherly Love has cemented their position in the underground Hip-Hop circuit as an unfiltered source for impassioned, sometimes political, always hardcore rap music.

Exiting a city known as “America’s Playground” can be an excursion full of joy or regret. However, more often times than not it’s the latter. With their sixth studio album being released in less than a week via Babygrande Records, Vinnie Paz , Jedi’s leading mouthpiece and the only conscious member on board the bus, talks about a History of Violence, a reunited Jedi Mind Tricks, new rappers, and of course the election with no regrets. Vegas may be one of the only places in America where people aren’t worrying about the recession. How did “Sin City” treat you?

Vinnie Paz: Absolutely f**kin’ crazy man, we just spent three days in Vegas, so needless to say we’re still pretty bugged out right now [laughs]. The downside about touring is that it’s harder to get to hear about current events and research what’s going on in the world; you can only really gauge it by what the fans say and their reactions. But Jedi Mind fans will come out to support no matter what is going on with the economy. Since ‘96 Jedi Mind Tricks has dropped albums pretty consistently, there’s hasn’t been more than a three year period without a new album. What are we getting with A History of Violence?

Vinnie Paz: First off, having Just Allah back in the group brings back a whole another dimension to our music. History of Violence is a multi-layered concept album, it’s sort of a double entendre in reference to Violent by Design which was our last album. But everything on this album is referring to the state of affairs going on in our country and the entire world. You’ve always been known as an MC that comes with hardcore lyrics and an aggressive delivery, but fans and critics have noticed some changes in your style especially with the Visions of Gandhi album. Do you feel the need to be hardcore and violent to please your fans?

Vinnie Paz: I hear all the time, “Do you ever want to try different styles of Hip-Hop?” and s**t like that, but it’s like this is the kind of music we been making since ‘92. And there’s a certain point in your life when you realize you are who you are. I don’t consciously set out to change anything; our music evolves as we do as people. It’s just growth, and we have our own style of music, there’s no changing s**t for us. What about the new fans that just discovered Jedi Mind Tricks, what do you think draws them to you ?

Vinnie Paz: The generation gaps between me and some of the Jedi Mind Fans is just huge, they didn’t grow up on the same music that I did, so their tastes are probably totally different than mine but they still are loyal fans. A lot of young kids make up our fan base, but in reality I make music for me and my people. I don’t take criticisms to the heart from anyone, if you don’t like my music, don’t listen to it- real simple. Jedi Mind is one of the few Hip-Hop groups that haven’t followed trends to stay relevant, what’s different in the game plan today?

Vinnie Paz: We have always ignored the mainstream and never let it dictate how we made our music. We got our own sound and idea of what Hip-Hop music sounds like. Jedi Mind has never let any of these trends that you see come and go influence how we do s**t. And I think people respect that in any genre of music. There’s a whole new wave of rappers being labeled as “Hipster Rappers” like the Cool Kids, Mickey Factz, The Knux, etc. The clothing is a bit tighter and colorful, but they are being compared to the backpackers of the '90s. How do you feel about the new wave of rappers coming up?

Vinnie Paz: That s**t is pussy to me, that’s just my opinion. I really don’t give a f**k about those type of rappers, I don’t listen to their music. I don’t know any of these people personally, but it just ain’t my thing. Any time a person is being themselves is cool, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. I like hardcore s**t, that’s were this Hip-Hop s**t was birthed from. But all that s**t is just gay to me. Jus Allah has been gone for some time, what can we expect with him back the group?

Vinnie Paz: Our chemistry speaks for itself. In the grand scheme of things, we’ve known each other since ‘93 and we really were together for only four of those years, so I think people think that the break-up was bigger than it really was. Jedi Mind isn’t changing s**t, it’s only growth as artists. You ain’t got to worry, we still bringing the raw Hip-Hop. Today is one the most historical elections ever, Jedi Mind Tricks has certainly been an outspoken voice in politics, can this election mark any change real change for America?

Vinnie Paz: I think people who really [are] capable of changing the system around never really had a chance to win anyway. Personally, I was a Ron Paul advocate, but his vision and ideologies were too radical for people. Typically though, in this country you are put in a position where you are choosing between the lesser of two evils. We definitely need a change and Obama might be do the only candidate left who can even attempt some sort of change, whether it’s the kind the of change that the people want, we’ll just have to wait and see. I don’t know if anyone has attempted any legitimate change since Kennedy.

A lot of people feel like Obama reminds them of Kennedy. It’s going to take years and years to reverse all the damage that this muthaf**ker Bush did. There’s an old quote, “The government should be scared of the people, the people shouldn’t be scared of the government.” We are the ones that really hold the power, but the majority of us have become the stereotyped lazy Americans.

Added by: Menace, 23/Nov/08 | Comments: 0

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