Vinnie Paz - God of the Serengeti (Review)

Vinnie Paz - God of the Serengeti (Review)

Despite being best known as a member of Jedi Mind Tricks, Vinnie Paz dropped a dope solo album entitled Season of the Assassin back in 2010. His second solo album, God of the Serengeti was released back in October of 2012. Both albums built upon the aggressive sound present on the Jedi Mind Tricks albums, but allowed Vinnie to shine on his own. This review will focus on his second (and most recent) album - God of the Serengeti.


1) Shadow of the Guillotine (featuring Q-Unique) - The album begins with a quick movie skit followed by a hard instrumental by DJ Lethal. The beat and lyrics are typical Jedi Mind Tricks fare, just not as good in my opinion. If you haven't liked Vinnie Paz in the past, you are not going to like him on here either. It is nice to hear Q-Unique (from The Arsonists), however, since I haven't heard anything by him in a while. Not a terrible way to start the album I guess.

2) Slum Chemist - Ok this is much better. C-Lance provides a merciless instrumental full of violins and gritty drums for Vinnie Paz to wreck. This song would have fit nicely on a JMT album or on Vinnie's Season of the Assassin. Very dope. Hopefully the rest of the album sounds like this.

3) The Oracle - Vinnie teams up with DJ Premier and the result is banging. Primo's instrumental channels the relentlessness of JMT's prior work, but is still very much reminiscent of his own style. Vinnie sounds great over this. Another standout track for me.

4) And Your Blood Will Blot Out the Sun (featuring Immortal Technique and Poison Pen) - This time the beat is provided by Tony Kenyatta and its a dope vocal sample with some hard drums. Vinnie Paz and Immortal Technique destroy the beat, while Poison Pen just provides the hook. Dope.

5) Last Breath (featuring Chris Rivers and Whispers) - This track features Chris Rivers aka Baby Pun, son of one of my favorite rappers - Big Punisher. Both emcees spit fire over a C-Lance vocal sample, but I'm not really feeling the hook by Whispers.

6) Crime Library (featuring Blaq Poet) - Dope beat by Marco Polo that samples Onyx's Throw Ya Gunz on the chorus. Vinnie Paz and Blaq Poet do their thing. The beat is nice and the lyrics are ill, but the song is just average to me. I'd much rather listen to The Oracle or Slum Chemist.

7) Feign Submission (Intermission) - When this song started out I thought it was a skit, but its not. Instead it's Vinnie Paz spitting over a JBL the Titan beat. Meh. I could do without this since I'm not really feeling the beat or lyrics.

8) Duel To The Death (featuring Mobb Deep) - The beat on here is by Stu Bangas and reminds me of something off of a newer Mobb Deep album. This is ok, but could have been so much better. The beat is kinda dope, but all three emcees sound kind of bored on it. Was this Mobb Deeps last song together before the break up?

9) Problem Solver (featuring Scarface) - Vinnie Paz and Scarface are an interesting combination, but the beat by The Arcitype is pretty bland. Not my favorite on here, but its shows a bit of diversity for Vinnie.

10) Battle Hymn (featuring Apathy, King Syze, Crypt the Warchild, Jus Allah, Esoteric, Blacastan, Celph Titled and Planetary) - This is the obligatory Army of the Pharoahs posse track and Mr Green provides the beat. At over 6 minutes long, the song definitely outstays its welcome and is quite boring for me. Next.

11) Geometry of Business (featuring La Coka Nostra) - Mobb Deep makes another appeance since this track is produced by Havoc. This doesn't sound like any other Mobb Deep track I've ever heard, but it's still pretty dope and all three emcees sound good over it. Not bad.

12) Jake Lamotta - Not feeling the track by Illinformed. Bleh.

13) 7 Fires of Prophecy (featuring Tragedy Khadafi) - The skit that begins this song goes on way too long, but once the beat kicks in its pretty dope. I prefer the Vinnie Paz / Tragedy Khadafi collabo Genghis Khan from Jedi Mind Tricks Violent By Design over this. The beat by Beatnick Dee samples Noreaga on the chorus (T.O.N.Y. from the classic The War Report). Eh, this could have been better given the lineup.

14) Cheesesteaks - This is probably my favorite song on the album (it had a video as well). Psycho Les drops a banging beat and Vinnie Paz destroys it.
"A knife in my palm, sharper than a sniper in Nam
Righteous Islam, a hypocrite that fight to be calm
My life is just torn, bipolar, icy and warm
My life in a song, the reason why the Vicodin gone
A bison is born, army of God, Michael is born
The Uranium fission secret of the hydrogen bomb"



Very dope.

15) Cold Dark And Empty (featuring FT and Smoke) - The Jack of All Trades beat on here is ok, but I'm not feeling the FT or Smoke verses. Next.

16) Razor Gloves (featuring R.A. The Rugged Man) - The instrumental by MTK is dope as hell and is full of aggressive energy. Both Vinnie and R.A. The Rugged Man spit fire. This is ill.

17) Wolves Against The Sheep (featuring Kool G Rap and Block McCloud) - The beat by C-Lance is dope and Kool G Rap and Vinnie rip it, but the chorus by Block McCloud is terrible and brings the song down.

18) You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train - C-Lance and JBL the Titan provide a banging instrumental for Vinnie Paz to spit a powerful message about racism in the United States, past and present. Even at seven and a half minutes, this is extremely dope and a great way to end the album.

I'm going to rate the album a

3.5 / 5

due to it having a few filler tracks, especially in the middle. The highs on the album (The Oracle, Cheesesteaks and You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train) are very good, but there are plenty of low points as well.

2 comments:

  1. I agree with most shit you say here. However I seriously can't see how you didn't like the PROBLEM SOLVER FT. SCARFACE beat, it's one of the best songs in there, beat-lyrics-featuring taken in consideration. Scarface was 'retired' and suddenly he's rhyming with Paz on an amazing track? that's something. Now I'm a huge R.A. fan but the beat is WACK! can't believe it made it to the final version!!! I can and WILL produce a better beat with almost any sample out there man, come on, most of RA's first lyrics sound a lot like his verses from UNCOMMON VALOUR! AS I SAID BEFORE, other than that I agree. PEACE! (if you get your hands on any Instrumental hit me up, I'll make us something good!!!) richie_rich1969@hotmail.com

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    1. Yeah, "Problem Solver" is just ok for me. The beat doesn't really hit me as being all that great and the chorus gets on my nerves as well.

      As far as the RA verse goes, its true, he has been reusing that "Uncommon Valor" flow a lot lately, especially on his latest album. I really like the energy that the beat and both emcees bring on that track though.

      Thanks for posting!

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