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For the past fifteen years, Jedi Mind Tricks has established itself as one of the most critically-acclaimed groups in the underground hip-hop scene, with their raw and gritty flavour.
From their debut album in 1996, The Psycho-social, to their seminal sophomore release, Violent By Design, to their musical expansion heard on Servants and Heaven and Kings in Hell (debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Independent Heatseekers Chart), JMT has made an indelible impression on the independent music scene while arguably forging its own subgenre of rap. Led by the fiery vocals of controversial frontman, Vinnie Paz, and his venerable rhyme partner, Jus Allah, the group has built one of the most commercially-successful careers in independent music, together and independently.
Though JMT rarely appears on Billboard charts, their success is most accurately measured in the passion and respect of their growing legions of hardcore fans who have packed JMT shows around the world from Boston to Bogota to Bucharest. JMT’s music is defiant and their longevity is a testament to their blue-collar work ethic born from the bloodlines of their hometown, Philadelphia.
Throughout the groups history, JMT has collaborated with rap veterans, including GZA, Kool G Rap, 7L & Esoteric, Sean Price, Ras Kass, Canibus, Percee P, Killah Priest, Immortal Technique, Virtuoso, Louis Logic, R.A. the Rugged Man, Tragedy Khadafi, and Ill Bill. The group has sold over 300,000 albums in the United States and 400,000 albums worldwide, all of which were released independently, and has a growing worldwide profile, built upon a notoriously live show.
This year, JMT is set to drop its seventh studio album, “Violence Begets Violence”, through Vinnie Paz’s own imprint, Enemy Soil. Though JMT fans can expect more of the uncompromising, unrelenting brand of hardcore rap music that has become the group’s signature sound, “Violence Begets Violence” marks a change as longtime JMT producer, Stoupe, hands over production duties to a new wave of talented producers honed on the JMT sound.
Witness the live stage show Jedi Mind Tricks are famous for when they hit Aussie shores for the first time in December, following their new release. When was the last time you saw mosh pits and stage diving at a hip-hop show?
Outerspace is the two-man duo of rappers Planetary and Crypt the Warchild. Known for their rugged, one-two combination of tight, rhythmic punches and precision vocal deliveries, they have been a mainstay of the Philadelphia Hip Hop scene for close to two decades. Through three full length albums and a steady string of singles and mix-tapes, Outerspace have attained perhaps the most elusive achievement in Hip Hop: consistency.
The Outerspace journey began in the early 90s: street ciphers and open mics were the testing ground. Local spots in Philly saw the two MCs raise themselves from novice poets to full-fledged rappers. Through a fortuitous encounter with Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz, an alliance was formed that still remains strong to this day. Over time, Plan and Crypt also found themselves linked up with heavy hitters like Sheek Louch, Sadat X, Immortal Technique and more. A slew of tours followed, showcasing the inimitable potency of what Crypt and Planet could do in a live setting. As
tight as Outerspace is in the booth they’re truest nature shines through on a stage.
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