For more than 15 years, Vinnie Paz has been a mainstay in the independent hip-hop scene, as the frontman of both Jedi Mind Tricks and Army of the Pharaohs... and recently one half of the Heavy Metal Kings duo with Ill Bill.
This week, on Tuesday (October 23), he returns with his sophomore solo set, God of the Serengeti. It features production by DJ Premier, Havoc (Mobb Deep), Psycho Les (Beatnuts), C-Lance and more, while guest appearances include Scarface, Mobb Deep, Immortal Technique, La Coka Nostra, Army of the Pharaohs, Kool G. Rap, R.A. the Rugged Man and others.
The 18-track album promises to add another chapter in the growing legacy of Vinnie Paz's uncompromising brand of hardcore hip-hop.
"I got the chance to work with a lot of legends this time around, which was an honor. To be able to work with people that I came up listening to -- like DJ Premier, Scarface, Mobb Deep, The Beatnuts, and Kool G. Rap -- is a blessing and a humbling reminder of how far I've come since I first started recording demos 20 years ago," Paz says. "To make records for a living isn't something I take for granted, and hopefully, that passion I have for this comes across in all of the music I make whether that's with Jedi Mind Tricks, Army of the Pharaohs, Heavy Metal Kings, or my solo stuff."
God of the Serengeti drops Tuesday (October 22). Order your copy at Amazon.com.
Below is the video for the DJ Premier-produced track, "The Oracle," followed by the album's tracklist.
1. "Shadow of the Guillotine" -- ft. Q-Unique (produced by DJ Lethal)
2. "Slum Chemist" (produced by C-Lance)
3. "The Oracle" (produced by DJ Premier)
4. "And Your Blood Will Blot Out the Sun" -- ft. Immortal Technique & Poison Pen (produced by Tony Kenyatta)
5. "Last Breath" -- ft. Chris Rivers (aka Baby Pun) & Whispers (produced by C-Lance)
6. "Crime Library" -- ft. Blaq Poet (produced by Marco Polo)
7. "Feign Submission (Interlude)" (produced by JBL the Titan)
8. "Duel to the Death" -- ft. Mobb Deep (produced by Stu Bangas)
9. "Problem Solver" -- ft. Scarface (produced by The Arcitype)
10. "Battle Hymn" -- ft. Apathy, King Syze, Crypt the Warchild, Jus Allah, Esoteric, Blacastan, Celph Titled & Planetary (produced by Mr. Green)
11. "Geometry of Business" -- ft. La Coka Nostra (produced by Havoc)
12. "Jake LaMotta (produced by Illinformed)
13. "7 Fires of Prophecy" -- ft. Tragedy Khadafi (produced by Beatnick Dee)
14. "Cheesesteaks" (produced by Psycho Les)
15. "Cold, Dark, and Empty" -- ft. FT and Smoke (produced by Jack Of All Trades)
16. "Razor Gloves" -- ft. R.A. the Rugged Man (produced by MTK)
17. "Wolves Amongst the Sheep" -- ft. Kool G. Rap & Block McCloud (produced by C-Lance)
18. "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" (produced by C-Lance & JBL the Titan)
19. "Kingdom Crusher" -- ft. Block McCloud (produced by Paul Nice)