Monday, December 3, 2012

Hare Krishna Top 10 (5)

Jedi Mind Tricks feat. El Eloh:
“Books of Blood: The Coming of Tan” (1997)

Conscious hip hop duo Jedi Mind Tricks chanting (the second half of) the Hare Krishna Mantra: “Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare” (2:13). And after some well-informed truth-telling to The Children of Lie, the lyrics end: “Praise to His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada” (3:34).

Srila Prabhupada, the man who took Krishna Consciousness to the West

DJ Stoupe and Vinnie Paz

Underground hip hop duo Jedi Mind Tricks was formed 1993 by icons rapper Vinnie Paz and producer DJ Stoupe, and is still active. They have done many collaborations with both local MCs and veteran rappers, like GZA from Wu-Tang Clan. Guest rapper El Eloh in this track is a prominent one of the less known.

The record sleeve T-shirt print:
Looks like Krishna in His Paramatma form, 
right where He is situated, in the heart,
from the illustrations of Srila Prabhupada's 
Bhagavad Gita or Srimad Bhagavatam

“Books of Blood: The Coming of Tan” is from their first album The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological, And Electro-Magnetic Manipulation Of Human Consciousness.
The record sleeve (the picture in the clip) is based on an illustration from the Srimad Bhagavatam (and the T-shirt print, is that Krishna?), and in the corner it is marked with the obligatory hip hop quality sign: “Parental Advisory Explicit Content”. In the lyrics, there is reference to “the epic sanskrit history of the world, Mahabarata”, which contains the Bhagavad Gita, and both this and the Maha Mantra are definitely some hi-quality parental advisory explicit content.

A dark track with an uncanny vibe of an outdated timeline. But praising Srila Prabhupada, the man who took the Maha Mantra, Krishna Consciousness, Bhagavad Gita, and Srimad Bhagavatam to the West in the 60's, is rocket fuel in the Hare Krishna Top 10 space.

Whole list HERE

Next up, nr 4, is coming soon


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