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Solid effort well worth hearing
on 16 January 2004
'Visions Of Ghandi' may not be a classic, but it is amongst the strongest hip hop albums released in 2003. It's probably becuase of the amazing production from Stoupe, who shows he can establish a recognisible style of beats whilst displaying a huge variety of music throughout. Some of the beats even sound like something more than just hip hop; with the dramatic atmosphere on tracks like 'Tibetan Black Magicians' and 'Kublai Khan', Stoupe proves he could fit the part as the composer of the musical score of a big-budget war film. Then there are several tracks with a Spanish/Latin-style melody like 'Nada Cambia' and 'Rise Of The Machines' which sound impressive.
Then there's Vinnie Paz, a rapper who you'd think would get tiresome with his constant bragging and infuriation in almost all of his performances. But he doesn't. His razor sharp voice and flow together with his distinct rhyme style over Stoupe's masterful beats make him a deadly MC, and one who will grab and maintain your attention until he puts the mic down.
What stops this album getting 5 stars is that, despite what I've just said, some of the lyrics aren't just needlessly homophobic but really very stupid and amateurish. There are some underwhelming appearances from Kool G Rap, Ras Kass and some guy called Rocky Raez which don't really improve the album's merit in any way. None of the songs on 'Visions Of Ghandi' are bad, but there's just maybe a couple which could have been left off for being uninspired. Also, the song 'Animal Rap' may be good, but they should have put on the brilliant and far superior remix version which only made it as one of the three (amazing!) bonus tracks tagged on at the end. All of this doesn't make the album a failure, but just stops it from being an essential purchase. In fact, the only person I would advise not to get this is someone completely unforgiving towards profanity ridden lyrics. Anyone else are unlikely to be disappointed.