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Season Of The Assassin (Parental Advisory)
     

Season Of The Assassin (Parental Advisory)

by Vinnie Paz
 

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Vinnie Paz doesn't waste too many syllables. His lyrics come rapid-fire with an unwavering cadence and tightly wound delivery that owes a lot to Kool G Rap and Big Pun -- a rap style that he's been honing since the mid-'90s as a part of the Philadelphia trio Jedi Mind Tricks and the underground collective

Overview

Vinnie Paz doesn't waste too many syllables. His lyrics come rapid-fire with an unwavering cadence and tightly wound delivery that owes a lot to Kool G Rap and Big Pun -- a rap style that he's been honing since the mid-'90s as a part of the Philadelphia trio Jedi Mind Tricks and the underground collective Army of the Pharaohs. Now on his long-awaited solo debut, Paz breaks away from his Jedi Mind partners but is wise not to try to do it alone, collaborating with a variety of producers (both veteran and up-and-coming) and guest MCs (including underground rap mainstays like Ill Bill and R.A. the Rugged Man, fellow Philly rappers Beanie Sigel and the Clipse brothers, as well as H-Town rapper Paul Wall) in order to keep the track list from getting too repetitive. One unexpected surprise of Season of the Assassin is that even Paz's brand of brutal, hardcore hip-hop can't resist the lure of compressed vocal harmonizing and, unlike his Jedi Mind Tricks and Army of the Pharaohs albums, this record has a fair share of R&B-tinged choruses (courtesy of Lawrence Arnell, Shara Worden, Liz Fullerton, and Brooklyn Academy's Block McCloud, who appears on three cuts). Still, this does little to soften the hard-edged tone that pervades Season of the Assassin. Anger, violence, conspiracy theories, and a fetish for firearms dominate virtually every track, and Paz shows an almost tender reverence for the tools he works with, professing "I stare at my guns like a pair of voluptuous breasts" over a soothing Electric Light Orchestra sample on the Madlib-produced "Aristotle's Dilemma." Undoubtedly, the album's best moments come when Paz collaborates with producers and MCs whose styles can follow his grim, conspiracy-minded worldview -- i.e. the three-the-hard-way gun anthem "Pistolvania" with Freeway and Jakk Frost, and the extraordinary Soul Assassins track "No Spiritual Surrender," which has Paz growling "Muggs gave me audio heroin, hit the blue vein/I ain't Vinnie no more, Evil my new name" over a interplay of seething gospel organs and bluesy electric guitars. Season of the Assassin gets even stronger in its second half as Paz comes up big on on two excellent solo joints -- stringing along a hungover narrative on "Bad Day" and spitting boast-fueled couplets over DJ Kwestion's infectious head nod beat on "Drag You to Hell." After 20 tracks of unbridled brutality, Paz closes things on a sensitive note, spinning heartfelt vignettes of his deceased stepfather on the poignant "Same Story (My Dedication)."

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2010
Label:
Enemy Soil
UPC:
0857259002022
catalogNumber:
1003
Rank:
4489

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vinnie Paz   Primary Artist
Brian Williams   Horn
Black Plague   Vocals
Tom Long   Horn
Scott Stallone   Bass,Hammond Organ
Burke the Jurke   Vocals
Amalie Bruun   Vocals

Technical Credits

Finesse   Producer
Muggs   Producer
Sprague Williams   Engineer
Scott "Supe" Stallone   Engineer
Fourth Disciple   Producer
Da Beatminerz   Producer
King of Chill   Engineer
Walt Dewgarde   Composer
D. McKenzie   Composer
Madlib   Producer
Jakk Frost   Composer
Bronze Nazareth   Producer
DJ Kwestion   Producer,Cut
Davel "Bo" McKenzie   Producer
Sicknature   Producer
Shuko   Producer
Scott Stallone   Producer
DC the Midi Alien   Producer
J. Connoy   Composer
J. Cross   Composer
C. Bauss   Composer
V. Luviner   Composer
Stu Bangas   Producer
Paul Slayton   Composer
J. Gonzalez   Composer
J. Vargas   Composer
J. Grinnage   Composer
MTK   Producer
R.A. Thorburn   Composer
ManyBeats   Producer
Fizzy Womack AKA Lil' Fame   Producer
Ernie "Ern Dogg" Medina   Engineer
C-Lance   Producer

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