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All Music Guide - Bret Love
Even if this Chicago duo's moniker doesn't clue you into the fact that they're coming on the conscious hip-hop tip, it should at least make it clear that this is not your typical bling-bling, bitches, and gangsta crap. Instead, you get progressive, positive songs like "Equiponderance," which blends jazzy beats and slinky string samples with clever lyrics that present the duo as "the underground masters of twisted wordplay and delivery." Even when the group takes a more tough, street-minded approach on songs like "Wonder Twins," it's just to take on wack MCs and "ten hoes with no flows, all rockin' Timbos." For an underground hip-hop group, the production on We Paid Let Us In ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Love
Even if this Chicago duo's moniker doesn't clue you into the fact that they're coming on the conscious hip-hop tip, it should at least make it clear that this is not your typical bling-bling, bitches, and gangsta crap. Instead, you get progressive, positive songs like "Equiponderance," which blends jazzy beats and slinky string samples with clever lyrics that present the duo as "the underground masters of twisted wordplay and delivery." Even when the group takes a more tough, street-minded approach on songs like "Wonder Twins," it's just to take on wack MCs and "ten hoes with no flows, all rockin' Timbos." For an underground hip-hop group, the production on We Paid Let Us In is both impressively tight and diverse, ranging from the soulful groove of "The Storm" to the stripped-down minimalist funk of "Taoism." And though the group needs to master the art of crafting memorable vocal hooks, their crafty blend of intelligent rhymes and colorful samples places Abstract Mindstate the M.O.D., alongside artists like Common, among the best Chicago's urban scene has to offer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2001
  • Label: CREAM
  • UPC: 617917714243
  • Catalog Number: 7142

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Is Abstract Mindstate? (2:19)
  2. 2 Equiponderance (4:08)
  3. 3 The Storm (4:12)
  4. 4 Wonder Twins (7:17)
  5. 5 Crowd Control (4:10)
  6. 6 Rhythm - Kera (3:53)
  7. 7 Shook (4:28)
  8. 8 Pain - Trizonna (0:30)
  9. 9 Hot Music - Kamikaze Of Crooked Lettaz (4:01)
  10. 10 Taoism/Skit (CP Time) - Coodie Of Channel O (4:17)
  11. 11 Poisonous Gases (4:22)
  12. 12 Keep It Movin/Skit (The Art of Speaking) - Craig Elliott (3:36)
  13. 13 Get Yo Groove On (3:18)
  14. 14 Chicago Song (4:17)
  15. 15 What Is Abstract Mindstate? (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Abstract Mindstate Primary Artist
Keera Trotter Background Vocals
Punchy Track Performer
Technical Credits
Danny Elfman Composer
Marcus Miller Composer
Roger Seibel Mastering
The Twilite Tone Producer
Jeff Lane Engineer
Andy C. Producer, Engineer
Kanye West Producer
Abstract Mindstate Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
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