Back then David Banner and Kamikaze who went on to form Crooked Lettaz and come out on Tommy Boy were also affiliated. Still relatively unheard of Abstract Mindstate have released several 12”s and mixtapes etc. This is a three track release, the first track Nostalgia is a smoothly produced relaxing track with a wall of strings for the backing. Quite light Nostalgia features another of Chicago’s biggest names – Common. Although he makes a small contribution the whole track has a vibe that could well be associated with him. The CD also comes with a long version, the instrumental and accapella.
Nostalgia ft. Common
01. Short (Clean)
04. Short Accapella
These Raps ft. Special Ed
The final track is labelled as a bonus and features a guest appearance from classic MC Special Ed. These Raps has much heavier production, the drums are up in the mix and the guitar licks and ohhs are more obviously chopped samples. Ed has lost none of his skill and vocally levitates on the track with ease.
Intelligent lyrics and classic sounding productions. Nothing really new here, but when all elements are combined in such a accomplished manner it is hard to find faults.
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