Mind.State

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
The most amazing thing about Pete Philly & Perquisite's debut record, Mind.State, is that despite the laid-back beats, the jazz saxophone, the guest appearance by Talib Kweli, the East Coast groove ? la Native Tongues, is that the duo is actually from the Netherlands, and not some grimy U.S. metropolis. But both MC Pete Philly and producer/arranger Perquisite must have studied their hip-hop idols carefully, because they sound authentically American. Mind.State, which was first released in Europe in 2005, is a kind of loose concept album, with each song minus the intro describing an emotion that is put into context and explained by the MC's rhymes. For the most part, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
The most amazing thing about Pete Philly & Perquisite's debut record, Mind.State, is that despite the laid-back beats, the jazz saxophone, the guest appearance by Talib Kweli, the East Coast groove à la Native Tongues, is that the duo is actually from the Netherlands, and not some grimy U.S. metropolis. But both MC Pete Philly and producer/arranger Perquisite must have studied their hip-hop idols carefully, because they sound authentically American. Mind.State, which was first released in Europe in 2005, is a kind of loose concept album, with each song minus the intro describing an emotion that is put into context and explained by the MC's rhymes. For the most part, Pete Philly does a good job at portraying each sentiment and this is disregarding the fact that every track except for "Relieved" has a hook that contains the song title, moving from the funky "Insomnia," which has a bassline that sounds like the pounding of tired, red eyes, to "Mellow," about being comfortably in love, to "Respect," with its clearly purposefully chosen Middle Eastern/Indian-inspired beats and lyrics about "corporations taking way more than they need." There are some discrepancies, like the suitability of the lyrics in the title track, which talk of being "torn between ups and downs" and seem more appropriate for "Conflicted" feelings, and "Cocksure," which finds Pete Philly boasting about his rhyming and sexual talents, contains the unfortunate line "lean, green, mean, rap writing machine," which should never make anyone confident in anything except perhaps the power of vegetables. Nonetheless, the MC is pretty solid, and his nicely syncopated delivery, a mix between Talib Kweli it's no wonder he agreed to be involved in a song and John Forté, is refreshing and fun. Even more impressive is Perquisite, who adds guest musicians on saxophone, percussion, and guitar, as well as his own piano and cello, to his chilled-out jazz beats, coming up with something that is interesting and always fits the mood of each song. European or not, Mind.State is an album that is sure to impress underground hip-hop fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 8714092676228
  • Catalog Number: 761051
  • Sales rank: 317,036

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro - Perquisite (0:53)
  2. 2 Relieved - Perquisite (2:45)
  3. 3 Insomnia - Perquisite (3:10)
  4. 4 Motivated - Perquisite (4:36)
  5. 5 Eager - Perquisite (4:07)
  6. 6 Lazy - Perquisite (3:38)
  7. 7 Respect - Perquisite (3:24)
  8. 8 Cocksure - Perquisite (2:52)
  9. 9 Conflicted - Perquisite (1:50)
  10. 10 Grateful - Perquisite (3:53)
  11. 11 Mindstate - Perquisite (5:56)
  12. 12 Mellow - Perquisite (6:28)
  13. 13 Paranoid - Perquisite (5:16)
  14. 14 Cheeky - Perquisite (4:52)
  15. 15 Grateful II - Perquisite (1:34)
  16. 16 Hope - Perquisite (4:32)
  17. 17 Amazed - Perquisite (9:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Philly & Perquisite Primary Artist, Vocals
Benjamin Herman Saxophone
Talib Kweli Vocals
Frank Van Dok Percussion
Jesse Van Ruller Guitar
Jos De Haas Percussion
MC CeeMajor Vocals
Jos DeHass Percussion
Perquisite Strings, Cello, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Joris Roelofs Clarinet
Sjam scratching
Frank VanDock Percussion
Pete Philly Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Pete Philly & Perquisite Songwriter, Arranger, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Perquisite Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, String Arrangements, Mastering
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