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Vinnie Paz Of Jedi Mind Tricks Explains The Recording Of “Violent By Design”


The frontman of Jedi Mind Tricks, Vinnie Paz, explains the origins of the group’s album “Violent By Design.”

Jedi Mind Tricks’ 2000 album “Violent By Design” is one of the crowning achievements in the hip-hop scene. In a recent interview with Unkut, Vinnie Paz remembers recording the group’s seminal sophomore release.

Producer Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind and emcee Jus Allah recorded the LP, especially with an extremely low budget. Vinnie explained that they recording the entire LP in Stoupe’s bedroom, which lacked sound proofing, let alone a mic booth.

“Any little money we got back from “The Amber Probe EP”, we were just using it to buy anything we needed for the studio. We bought a beat machine and an ADAT for Stoupe’s crib. A lot of people don’t know – we weren’t even in a fuckin’ real studio until “Visions of Ghandi“ in 2003,” he said. “We recorded and mixed that in the bedroom. We didn’t even have anything sound-proofed and we had no mic booth. We just had to be quiet! It would be a fuckin’ 100 degrees outside and Stoupe would fuckin’ shut all the windows and turn the fan off so the mic wouldn’t pick anything up. It was like a thousand degrees in there bro! And we were smoking and drinking 40’s! You look back at those times and you think, ‘We were fuckin’ idiots!’”

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