“Uncommon Valor” is an epic tale of two soldiers in the Vietnam War portrayed by Vinnie Paz & R.A. the Rugged Man. The story starts off with Vinnie Paz telling of a U.S. soldier, which after seeing the corruption of war, is questioning the motives of his government. The tale moves on to a more memorable and fact based account by R.A. the Rugged Man, telling of his own father, Staff Sgt. John A. Thorburn, a highly decorated war hero. R.A. speaks of his father’s near death experience in Cambodia during Operation Rolling Thunder, and his exposure to Agent Orange, which leads to severe physical & mental disabilities in two of his children, one eventually passing away.
Personally, this is one of the most vividly & well spoken stories I’ve come across in hip hop. It talks about the trials of war in such an honest & unaltered way, yet this isn’t the most appealing part. What really blew me away was how each MC displayed such an articulate way with words, especially R.A. His account of his father’s tragic story, vocalized in such a phonetically rhythmic way (or however you’d put it), is another example why the East Coast is known for their conscious rap. I really need to shift my focus on the East Coast for a while, I have not delved far enough in this fine rap region.
Download: Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story
Jedi Mind Tricks Information:
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Vinnie Paz (Vincent Luvineri): MC
Jus Allah (James Bostick): MC
Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind (Kevin Baldwin): DJ, Producer
DJ Kwestion: DJ, Producer
Label: Enemy Soil
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Similar Artists: Army of the Pharaohs | R.A. the Rugged Man | Apathy | OuterSpace | Celph Titled
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