Method Man & Vinnie Paz Deliver A Wu-Tang x Jedi Mind Tricks Collabo
Earlier this month, the Jedi Mind Tricks’ Vinnie Paz released his seventh solo album. Twenty-five years to the month after The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological & Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness, the Italian-born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania raised MC maintains his place among the most consistent voices in hardcore Hip-Hop. An alum of the underground boom, Vinnie has become a DIY mainstay with a prolific output. His latest LP, Tortured in the Name of God’s Unconditional Love, features M.O.P., Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede, Kurupt, Ras Kass, Ill Bill, Lord Goat (fka Goretex), Thirstin Howl The 3rd, and others. Also available on CD and cassette, the Iron Tusk Music LP also features a noteworthy collaboration with Method Man, “Invisible Ether.”
While Vin and JMT have previously worked with Ghostface Killah, GZA, and Inspectah Deck’s CZARFACE crew, this marks a first. Over Stu Bangas’ pounding percussion, Iron Lung kicks it off. “I say, ‘Lights, camera, action’ and back to clean up they act again / Cashin’ in, kinda like Apple Pay, they tappin’ in / It take two, you not Rob Base, clown, you cappin’ it / Roger that, I’m in Rob’s place now, what’s happenin’? / Staten in the buildin’, ain’t no accident / We might take a knee, amen, Kaepernick / I’m dope but I ain’t traffickin’ / Nah, ain’t no comparison / Babblin’ rappers imaginin’ they battlin’ Eminem usin’ them bars, embarassin’ / Every time I ate I turn my passion into passionatе / You hazardous and half of my Mobb Deep ain’t having it / Master this music, I ain’t Harriet / But still I took the undеrground road with no swing loose from chariots.” Like JMT, Method Man says he proudly climbed up from the underground. Decades later, both entities remain true to their core aesthetics.
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While Method Man abstains from curses as he has for nearly a decade, Vinnie Paz stays true to form. “Muh’f*ckas really is goofy but play crazy / I k*ll at will, you can’t fade me / Shots fire at you, I slap you like Wayne Brady / That’s a shotty and it’s many more / A golden key can open any door / Broken-ass woofer and a speaker / Tambourine man, and he cookin’ in the beaker,” spits the veteran. This past summer, Paz gave an incredible interview to Brother Ali about his life, evolution, and faith on The Traveler’s Podcast.
“Invisible Ether” is also presently included on the official AFH playlist:
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Earlier in 2022, Method Man released Meth Lab Season 3: The Rehab. That collection featured another 215 collaboration, “Butterfly Effect” with RJ Payne (who has previously worked with Vin). It also included a Redman, KRS-One, and JoJo Pellegrino cut, “Live From The Meth Lab.” Meanwhile, the veteran Stu Bangas (Sean Price, Chino XL, Blaq Poet) partnered with Wu’s Cappadonna for 3rd Chamber Grail Bars, as well as an EP with Black Sheep’s Dres, Sheep Stu.
#BonusBeat: An in-depth AFH interview with Method Man from 2015, he discusses the first Meth Lab, not cursing in years, and his love of all Hip-Hop: