The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological & Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness

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The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological & Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 4, 1997
Recorded1996–1997
1993–1995
Genre
Length66:42
Label
ProducerStoupe the Enemy of Mankind
Jedi Mind Tricks chronology
Amber Probe
(1996)
The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological & Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness
(1997)
Violent by Design
(2000)

The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological & Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness (often abbreviated as The Psycho-Social CD) is the debut album of underground hip hop group Jedi Mind Tricks, consisting of rapper Vinnie Paz and producer Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind. The original version of the album was released in 1997, limited to 1000 copies on vinyl by Superegular Records, and was re-released on CD in 2003 on Babygrande Records with six bonus tracks, featuring songs recorded by the group before their debut release. It has been a common misconception that the vinyl version was re-issued in 2001, possibly because the back of the vinyl release says "2001 Superegular." The album contains some themes on religious corruption and violence, themes that would later be expanded upon on their later works. Primarily the album focuses on references to astronomy, history and physics. The album was inspired by a lot of "crazy books" mentioned by Vinnie Paz in an interview, and is named after of those books; "Matrix III - The psycho-social, chemical, biological & electro-magnetic manipulation of human consciousness".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
RapReviews7.5/10 stars[2]

Dean Carlson of AllMusic gave note of how the record consisted of "an angular, symphonic sweatshop of mid-tempo beats" that acted as a palette for the group's penchant for "scatter-shot rhymes and paranoid rhythms" concluding that, "[I]t might take some time for Jedi Mind Tricks' sound to fully mature, but their metaphysical peculiarity is a promising new glow in the dark hip-hop underground."[1] B. Ridge from RapReviews gave praise to the idiosyncratic "sci-fi lyrics dealing with spaceships, Atlantis, and ancient prophecies", "heavy use of religious references and imagery", and Stoupe's production giving off the required soundscape needed to complement the lyricism. He found criticism in the occasional flatness of the beats, odd use of pop culture references disrupting the overall atmosphere and the cornball tendencies in the lyrics that may turn people away from listening to the album.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs produced by Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind
  • Track(s) 14-18 recorded between 1993-1995
No.TitleLength
1."Intro"0:37
2."The Winds of War"3:18
3."Chinese Water Torture" (featuring Breath of Judah)4:07
4."The Three Immortals" (featuring Apathy and Breath of Judah)4:06
5."Neva Antiquated" (Dark Jedi Remix) (featuring Sun Pharaoh)3:44
6."Omnicron" (featuring Apathy and Sun Pharaoh)4:47
7."As It Was In the Beginning..." (featuring the Lost Children of Babylon)3:43
8."Books of Blood: The Coming of Tan" (featuring El Eloh)3:57
9."Incanatrix" (Interlude)0:25
10."The Immaculate Conception"3:48
11."The Apostles' Creed" (featuring Apathy and Yan the Phenomenon)4:34
12."I Who Have Nothing"4:44
13."Communion: The Crop Circle Thesis" (featuring the Lost Children of Babylon)5:16
14."Onetwothree"3:30
15."Souls from the Streets"5:30
16."Last Straw" (Onesoul Remix)3:17
17."Tug of War"3:02
18."Get This Low" (featuring Black Thought and Jus Allah)4:16

Samples[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Carlson, Dean. "The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological & Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness - Jedi Mind Tricks". AllMusic. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  2. ^ a b B. Ridge (September 1998). "Jedi Mind Tricks :: The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological, and Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness :: Babygrande Records". RapReviews. Retrieved July 29, 2011.