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  • Audio CD (July 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Up Above Records
  • ASIN: B00004KH6M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,414 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Groups are often plagued by the pressures of producing a second effort, & fall to the "Jinx" of releasing a mediocre "Sophomore" follow-up. Visionaries cleverly title their second album "Sophomore Jinx," & whisk past the pressures of "topping" their first album, & create a work simply for the love of creation. The glimmering track on "LA Fresh" echoes sunny Southern California with lyrics commemorating life in the county of Los Angeles. "Come One Come All" fuses verses of fury by Lord Zen & 2Mex (vocal), & the incorporation of a Rhettmatic scratch verse over a double-time Key Kool rhythm. "Self-Sufficient" is an anthem for independence, utilizing the lyrics of the N.W.A. classic, "Gangsta Gangsta," & twisting them to pertain to hip-hop & the b-boy/b-girl mentality. Dilated Junkie, Babu brings production on the bouncy "Making Things Right," & the Funky President JROCC contributes on "Honorable Mention." Studio engineer & producer, Mum's the Word steps in on the airy moving crowd favorite "Reach," while C.V.E.'s (Project Blowed/Afterlife) Ridlore's "Everyone is Lying" is on some next ish. The 19 songs of "Sophomore Jinx" are layered with spiritual & cryptic messages. One dimensional listening will not do this record justice. Labeled by some as an album that may be "too ahead of its time," listeners with an open heart, mind, & clear vision will understand & rejoice in this celebration of life & music.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mikey on May 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
there would be any sort of variety in the world of Hip Hop anymore. Everything sounded so monotone, so blase, i was almost fed up with the whole genre. Luckily for me, my girlfirend's friend, kathy told us about her boyfriends group, The Visionaries. After chiding her for awhile, i decided to buy thier first album; you know, support the cause and all. And why not? I already bought a slew of below average Rap Cd's before. Galleries was definately different, and (finally) it was something new that i could get into. The new album Sophmore Jinx totally blew my mind with Creative abstract lyrics covering a multitude of topics. Let me put it to you this way: my friends who only listen to ganster rap and the (dare i say it) the hot boyz could get into their ingenious rhythm. Thank you, Visionaries for a much needed shot in the arm into a not dead, but a very sick body of hip hop
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on October 6, 2000
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I'm actually part of this group you know as the "VISIONARIES" and just wanted to thank you all for supporting us........your positive and negative inputs have not only made my efforts worthwhile but lets me know that we actully have LISTENERS out there....please also check out WRITERS BLOCK's album "En Route" due out soon with tracks from Key Kool, DJ Rhettmatic, Mums the Word, O.D.(Beneath the Surface), DJ ICD(Blak Forest) and Nucleus me and Zen will be slangin it grassroots style at shows and mom and pop stores so LOOKOUT and SUPPORT...also check out MINDCLOUDERS and Of Mexican Descent for the homies!!!....by the way im the one they call DANNU Pinoy b-boy Ilocano..DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE!!!..this is LIFE.....R>I.P...MEMO & ROBONE>>>..peace, love and adobo grease........ONELOVE!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "bas_artist" on February 17, 2000
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Visionaries always bringing just a little more to the table than the average bums who grab mics and think there dope and demand respect when no efforts to put in work for the cause, Simply this albums got ill tracks, from start to finish, with conscience rhymes and ill production. if you like this also peep LEXICON, SUBTITLE, BLAK FOREST, DILATED PEOPLES and more underground stuff from LA's finest... PEACE 2000 dont forget CUT-n-PASTE a sk8board vid with underground hip hop tracks from LA MC's 4 info>>> vcrproductions@hotmail.com
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Ghadimian on April 20, 2000
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After an album like Galleries, I never thought these amazing MC's would be able to create a follow-up album just as good as the old one. I was wrong, because Visionaries are back with an even better album, and they are letting everyone know what the original elements of hip hop are. Sophmore Jinx couldnt be a more perfect name for the album, because they have defenitely created an absolute sophmore jinx.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Williamson on June 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I did not like this album at all. Repetitive beats are the main beef I have with it. Every track is like the one before it. There is no variety. This is especially bad because I did not like the beats to begin with, so hearing them over and over is not cool. The lyrics aren't terrible, but they're just average. I don't particularly care for the delivery or the content. Too much self-righteousness in this album for me. There seems to be an abundance of preaching in this album. I've definitely heard better records than this one. Evidently, I am the only person who didn't like this album. The other reviews praise it highly, but this is puzzling to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stoo on May 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Don't sleep. Hip-Hop in it purest form! If you're into stuff like Dilated, J5, SOB, Lexicon, then you're sure to like this CD. Big ups to Key-Kool......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is for those in need of something new and positive.It deals with politics, religion, and hip-hop culture. Unlike other "positive", acts this family of five mc's and one DJ never contradict from track to track. "Indepedent with major intentions" -LMNO. It only comes short in beats. Most are awesome -ranging from the melancholic to the body-rocking. Only a couple of tracks don't hit because they sound too basic, with old drum loops. No cameos (other than production by beatjunkie-members and others). Support the cause.
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Visionaries are Los Angeles Underground Hip-Hop Heroes. They've been together for the past 10 years touring the world independently releasing records on their self-owned label, Up Above Records, which now distributes ALL of Jurassic 5 vinyl worldwide, Living Legends vinyl worldwide, amongst signing respected artists Kev Brown, DJ Numark of Jurassic 5, and releasing solo albums from Visionaries members LMNO, SonGodSuns aka 2Mex, Writer's Block, KeyKool & Rhettmatic (Beat Junkies).

Visionaries stand for love, truth and humanity, and their cult-type following has amassed due to their positive outlook, work ethic and talents. They've toured with Jurassic 5, Xzibit, and performed at concerts opening for Linkin Park, Common, Wu-Tang Clan, Mos Def...to name a few.

So regardless of some internet geeks self-righteous criticism...please, if you LOVE hip-hop, and want to hear music made for the non-brainwashed, listen to the Visionaries catalog, including this one.

first album: Visionaries "Galleries" (UP ABOVE RECORDS)

2nd album: Visionaries "Sophomore Jinx" (UP ABOVE RECORDS)

3rd album: Visionaries "Pangaea" (UP ABOVE RECORDS)

solo Visionaries albums:

Key-Kool & Rhettmatic "Kozmonautz" (UP ABOVE RECORDS)

LMNO "Leave My Name Out" (UP ABOVE RECORDS)

LMNO "Economic Food Chain Music" (UP ABOVE RECORDS)

LMNO "This EP Reminds Me of '93" (UP ABOVE RECORDS)

WRITER'S BLOCK "En Route" (UP ABOVE RECORDS)

SonGodSuns (aka 2mex) "Over the Counter Culture" (UP ABOVE RECORDS)

2Mex "Self Titled" (Palladin Records)

2Mex "B-Boys in Occupied Mexico" (UP ABOVE RECORDS)
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