Jedi Mind Tricks
Jedi Mind Tricks is a duo from Philadelphia, consisting of rapper Vinnie Paz and producer Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind, and at times, rapper Jus Allah. JMT has a devout underground following, and are best known for their imagery with superhero and mythological themes—combined with hardcore rap.
The trio met in high school and decided to form a group, making their debut in 1996 with the Amber Probe EP, sans Allah, who had left for college. They followed up with their full-length debut the next year, The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological, And Electro-Magnetic Manipulation Of Human Consciousness. It was released under their own indie label, Superregular Recordings.
Vinnie had previously birthed the idea to form a rotating super-group of rappers and named it the Army of the Pharaohs, and after JMT’s debut dropped, AofP put out their first release, The Five Perfect Exertions EP—featuring Virtuoso, 7L & Esoteric, Chief Kamachi, Bahamadia, and Vinnie. This project was then remixed and released as JMT’s second album, Violent by Design, sans Chief Kamachi's verse. It also welcomed Jus Allah back into the fold.
Allah left the group after the release, and returned for their sixth studio album, A History of Violence. He left again in 2013. Stoupe also left the group in 2011, but returned in 2015. DJ Kwestion serves as the current tour DJ.
To date, Jedi Mind Tricks has released nine studio albums (all independently) and have sold over 450,000 albums. Following a 2001 deal with indie label Babygrande that ended in 2010, JMT now releases all music through their own label, Enemy Soil.