You’ve no doubt caught wind of Jus Allah being welcomed back into the fold of underground powerhouse Jedi Mind Tricks, where he made a name for himself after joining Vinnie Paz on vocal duties for the groups break-through Violent By Design album. This is good news for a couple of reasons, the main one being that Jus and Paz bring out the best in each other when sharing the booth, and also for the fact that Stoupe‘s tracks are a far better backdrop for Jus Allah’s blend of “righteous ignorance” than some of the tinny, lacklusture beats found on his long-delayed solo shot. That’s not to say that All Fates Have Changed (Babygrande) won’t satisfy long-time fans. When the production is up to par, on cuts such as “Divide and Conquer” (the sole contribution from the Molemen‘s Panik), Jus really holds his own on the steel, delivering a vocal performance that mixes equal parts Sunz of Man ancient mysticism, Tragedy‘s religious imagery and Geto Boys style ignorant rap, with a healthy dose of X-Clan style devil-bashing thrown in for good measure.
With a lyrical arsenal like that, you really need an epic musical backdrop to keep up, but many of the beats supplied veer dangerously close to Sega Genesis/Megadrive territory. Agallah “The Don Bishop” – who you may either remember as 8-Off The Assassin or as a member of Dip Set weed carriers Purple City – is the main offender in terms of these forgettable musical contributions. After a rocky start, things get back on track with the GZA assisted “Pool of Blood” and “Important Shit” with Lord Jamar and Agallah (who also supplies his best beat), while “Porno Flick Bitches” gets points for it’s title, but little else. “Supreme (Black God’s Remix)” wins, with it’s Stoupe-influenced beat and scratch-heavy hook, although Bomshot fails to impress after Chief Kamanchi and Jus’ superior verses. Three of the five bonus tracks provide some of the album’s strongest moments, as the previously released “Reign of the Lord”,”White Nightmare” and “Divide and Conquer” prove to be more than worthy inclusions, while older songs like “Chess King” and “Severed and Split” sound dated.
Despite some musical deficiencies, you can count on Jus Allah to boast of everything from bringing you “more ideology than you could learn off Christ” to the fact that “my dick stays lodged in your bitch throat” within the space of a few bars, which ensures that this album will keep JMT’s large fan-base entertained until the reunion album drops. Plus, how can you hate on the guy who once said “You faggots act as as bitch as Rupaul/Ya niggas share one milkshake with two straws!”?
Review copy supplied courtesy of Shogun Distribution.
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