Uncle Vin and Stoupe are back again with another offering of some new Jedi Mind Tricks material. This one is a tough one to dissect. This is not their best album ever and it is not their worst one either. There are strengths and weaknesses on here. On one hand, it is very good to hear a new JMT project. It always seems like we wait so long in between them, but that is because we are usually graced with good product. Overall lyrically, Vinnie is decent. As you listen through the whole album, it sounds like Vinnie is getting tired. There are sometimes I was thinking that he is kind of repeating the same themes over and over again in his bars. There were some strong points though as well. On the production side, I think Stoupe does a great job. He still is able to capture that mysterious JMT sound all these years later. Some of the hooks might be a little questionable, but a little weirdness is good sometimes. Some really strong songs include “San La Muerte,” “Freshco & Miz,” “God Forsaken,” & “What She Left Behind.” That last track examines domestic violence in a very real way. The best track on the album is probably the masterpiece “Marciano’s Reign” which is basically instructions for life that sounds like Vinnie is giving his son. The beat is fantastic and Vinnie really laces the lyrics perfectly for it. The song that I disliked the most is “Making A Killing.” This song examines hurting animals and the food industry. To me, it sounds like some hippie rhetoric and I didn’t really expect it to come from Vinnie. This song really caught me off guard. I’m not saying I disagree with what he is saying, I just didn’t expect to hear it from him. So this is a mixed bag of an album. You will have to give it a listen and see what you think over the final product.
OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks
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