Gays Not Happy With Jedi Mind Tricks

 |  November 18, 2010
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Several international media outlets are reporting that a protest was held in Amsterdam against prominent underground Hip Hop group, Jedi Mind Tricks.  Disapproving of their homophobic lyrics, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights organization COC (Centre for Culture and Leisure) urged club Melkweg to cancel the Philadelphia group’s concert earlier this week.  COC contended, “In a city like Amsterdam, where we are cracking down on discrimination and homophobia, a statement must be made against this kind of music. The so-called apologies made on Wednesday are the band’s apologies to the Melkweg for the commotion they caused. It was neither a gesture of goodwill towards the city of Amsterdam, nor to its many LGBT citizens.” This came after frontman Vinnie Paz stated, “we appreciate that the Melkweg is not giving into outside pressure, even more so because it is not justified.”  In response to COC, the club’s management issued a statement, saying, “This is a group which pushes, but does not cross, the limits of the freedom of speech. Another consideration is that some lyrics date from their early days and have not been sung by the band for years.” Needless to say, the performance went on as scheduled.

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While I have often heard criticisms regarding rap as a homophobic music genre, Vinnie Paz takes the cake as a proprietor of gay bashing lyrics.  Of course a large amount of these are battle rap oriented, but a portion is also random and unnecessary.  In the past, Vinnie has called Kanye West gay and on a recent guest appearance from Celph Titled & Buckwild’s Nineteen Ninety Now, Paz spit, “you phony mother*ckers never held a ratchet ever/you was in the f*g bar with Kanye, strapped in leather.”  Jedi Mind Tricks have released some great albums, so it’s almost hard to judge them as overtly homophobic.    So how bad are these lyrics?  I’ll let you decide:

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Jedi Mind Tricks “Me Ne Shalto”
Listen I ain’t gonna play no more/Beat a f*ggot till he ain’t f*cking gay no more

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Army Of The Pharaohs “Drenched In Blood”

F*ggots don’t get robbed, they get killed

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Jedi Mind Tricks “Nada Cambia”

You like to chill and hold hands with f*ggots/You like to conduct yourself like a savage/You like the smell of males on your mattress/But that’s established, I f*ckin hate you

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Jedi Mind Tricks “Scars of the Crucifix”

I civilize the savages, while you support gay marriages

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Jedi Mind Tricks “Retaliation”

I’m a choke f*ggots/My hands held more razorblades than coke addicts/We like to quote fascists

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Jedi Mind Tricks “Rise of the Machines”

You just a homosexual/I think the gay rights movement should meet you an invest in you

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Jedi Mind Tricks “The Age of Sacred Terror”

You like to sleep with guys/You a gay maggot/Listening to f*cking B2K, f*ggot /Go to raves f*ggot, put a hole in your heart/Destroy everything you that you know and you thought /Destroy everything in Babylon/You f*cking fake rap I hate rap because you babble on /You f*cking f*gs are gone/I’m a hate monger

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Jedi Mind Tricks “Beyond the Gates of Pain”

I kill ya thoughts, with a nine MA eagle/Make me sick to my stomach, like ya’ll gay people