Today in Hip Hop History: August 26, 2003
Underground hip hop/horror-core group Jedi Mind Tricks released their 3rd studio album, Visions of Ghandi, through Babygrande Records in 2003. Previous to its recording and release, Jus Allah had left the group, leaving them with their original lineup of Vinnie Paz, Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind and DJ Drew Dollars. Visions of Ghandi was completely produced by Stoupe and featured the likes of Canibus, Kool G Rap, Crypt the Warchild, Ill Bill, Outerspace, Percee P and others.
The title of the album was influenced by Foxy Brown’s verse on “Affirmative Action” from Nas’ It Was Written (1996). Vinnie Paz had always kept the phrase in his mind, and upon observing the world from his perspective in 2003, felt it was necessary that society needed someone like Ghandi again. Visions of Ghandi reflects their frustrations with society at the time and affinity towards the great leader.
Visions of Ghandi included 3 different single releases: “Animal Rap” in 2002, “Kublai Khan” in 2002, and “Rise of the Machines” in 2003. The album continued the typical Jedi Mind Tricks hardcore, horror-core and socially conscious yet aggressive raps. Following the success of their previous album Violent By Design (2000), Jedi Mind Tricks peaked at #61 on the U.S. top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and #11 on the U.S. Independent Albums Chart. Visions of Ghandi helped solidify JMT as one of the prominent underground hardcore rap performers in hip hop; alongside Outerspace, Immortal Technique, Pharoahe Monch, and several others.