Jedi Mind Tricks’ fifth album, Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell, reflects another benchmark in the evolution of a group that has continuously pushed the boundaries of indie hip-hop. For the past decade, Jedi Mind Tricks has been making uncompromising music without regard to an industry that often resembles an exclusively hit-hungry country club. Jedi’s renowned status as one of the most revered and reviled groups in independent music is a testament to their unwavering commitment to a unique aesthetic.
The group has consistently created blistering tracks comprised of Vinnie Paz’s politically-charged firebrand lyricism, doses of battle rap braggadocio, coupled with Stoupe’s ingenious production. While most rap producers are content to employ one, perhaps two, repetitious loops, Stoupe continues to redefine the role of rap producer by incorporating upwards of fifty tracks inclusive of samples, live instrumentation, and other such sound effects, effectively pushing the limits of his own signature style while further solidifying his deserved reputation as one of rap’s most celebrated composers since Wu-Tang Clan’s The RZA.
The lead single, “Heavy Metal Kings” features Vinnie Paz’s brother-in-arms, ILL Bill of La Coka Nostra and the now defunct Non-Phixion. The singe was originally pressed in 2006 as a limited edition blue vinyl release, and for years Babygrande Records believed the title was completely out-of-print. That is until this year when the single’s original manufacturer notified the company that 100 pieces existed — except due to a pressing error the vinyl became turquoise and therefore was never shipped to them. Now, these blunders have become collectable gems for any true Jedi Mind Tricks fan.