Visions of Gandhi

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Visions of Gandhi
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Studio album by Jedi Mind Tricks
Released August 26, 2003
Genre Underground hip hop, Horrorcore
Length 63:25
Label Babygrande
Producer Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind
Jedi Mind Tricks chronology
Violent by Design
(2000)
Visions of Gandhi
(2003)
Legacy of Blood
(2004)
Singles from Visions of Gandhi
  1. "Animal Rap"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Kublai Khan"
    Released: 2002
  3. "Rise of the Machines"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllHipHop 4.5/5 stars link
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
The A.V. Club (favorable) link
Pitchfork Media (4.9/10) link
RapReviews (9/10) link
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[1]
The Situation (3/5) link
Sputnikmusic (3.5/5) link

Visions of Gandhi is the 3rd album from underground hip hop group Jedi Mind Tricks, and the first album on the Babygrande record label. Jus Allah split from the group after the release of their album Violent by Design (2000), returning the group back to its original lineup of Vinnie Paz, Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind and DJ Drew Dollars. Producer Stoupe expands his dark sounds, including beats with grand orchestral samples and Latin-tinged production. Vinnie Paz lessens his lyrical topics to focus on his thug persona. Album guests include Canibus, Kool G Rap, Percee P, Ras Kass, and Tragedy Khadafi, as well as underground peers Crypt the Warchild, Planetary of OuterSpace, and Non Phixion members Ill Bill, Sabac Red, and Goretex.

Title significance[edit]

The album title was inspired by Foxy Brown's verse on the song "Affirmative Action" from Nas' 1996 album It Was Written, in which she raps "They praise Allah with visions of Gandhi". Vinnie Paz explained that it was "always something that stuck in my head but I never applied it to anything. Then I thought with everything going on in Palestine, the war with Iraq, Mumia's in jail. I just felt this is a time right now that the world and society need someone like Gandhi. So Visions of Gandhi just kind of reflects that."[2]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Featured performer(s) Time
1 "Intro" 1:06
2 "Tibetan Black Magicians" Canibus 4:50
3 "Blood in Blood Out"[nb 1] 4:06
4 "The Rage of Angels" Crypt the Warchild 3:22
5 "Demonwomb (Interlude)" 0:37
6 "Animal Rap" Kool G Rap 3:39
7 "Nada Cambia" 4:58
8 "A Storm of Swords" Planetary 4:00
9 "Boondock Saints (Interlude)" 0:37
10 "The Wolf"[nb 2] Ill Bill, Sabac Red 3:45
11 "Walk with Me" Percee P 3:26
12 "Rise of the Machines" Ras Kass 2:50
13 "Pity of War (Interlude)" 1:14
14 "Kublai Khan" Tragedy Khadafi, Goretex 3:37
15 "What's Really Good" Rocky Raez 3:22
16 "The Heart of Darkness (Interlude)" 0:52
17 "Raw Is War 2003"[nb 3] 17:04
17a "I Against I (Revisited)" OuterSpace
17b "Animal Rap (Micky Ward Mix)" Kool G Rap
17c "The Army" Esoteric, King Syze

Charts[edit]

Charts (2003)[3] Peak
position
U.S. Top Heatseekers 19
U.S. Independent Albums 11
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 61

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Samples from Tolis Voskopoulos – "Ke si tha figis" (intro) and Edita Piekha – "Our Neighbor" (main)
  2. ^ Sound effects and dialogue from the video game Max Payne
  3. ^ Samples from Javier Solís – "Tú Voz"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Jedi Mind Tricks". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ Joel & Andy."Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 28, 2006. Retrieved January 28, 2006.  . Art of Rhyme. Accessed April 13, 2008.
  3. ^ allmusic ((( Visions of Gandhi > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). Allmusic. Accessed April 13, 2008.