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Presto: State Of The Art

4.4 Stars (10 customer reviews)
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Presto's third full-length album State of the Art is a celebration of the music's potential - not a condemnation of hip-hop's current inclinations or an attempt to relive its past. There's an immediacy in his productions outmatched only by their breezy dispositions. Jazzy saxophones float into hazy rooms where MPCs and real emcees trade stories over a quiet piano player's notes. As the pioneer behind the critically-acclaimed independent label Concrete Grooves, Presto has spent the last decade perfecting a production style that infuses hard-hitting hip hop beats with an ethereal touch of jazz.

On State of the Art, the lead single "Conquer Mentally," featuring an all-star lineup of Sadat X, O.C. & Large Professor, juxtaposes some of the hardest rhymes and beats with a melancholy jazz piano sample. The producer's playful keyboard plucks later lay way for the innocence of first-time flirtations from The Pharcyde's Fatlip on "What's What." The CL Smooth-assisted "Part of Greatness" provides optimism long missing in this negative world, without an ounce of cheery cheesiness. Okayplayer's favorite future of hip-hop Blu lets the night linger into more mysterious hours with "Pour Another Glass," over a beat that puts Presto on par with hip-hop's storied canon of producers - not 15 years too late, but right on time. Presto isn't hiding on a clunky Xerox under his shirt. He's constructing a new machine to be copied by future time travelers.

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1. Listen
Producers: Presto
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2. Conquer Mentally
featuring Sadat X; O.C.; Large Professor (of of Main Source)
Producers: Presto
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3. Street Sport
featuring Ark (of T Weaponz)
Producers: Presto
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4. Pour Another Glass
featuring Blu
Producers: Presto
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5. On
featuring LOWD
Producers: Presto
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6. The Pressure
featuring Raashan Ahmad
Producers: Presto
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7. Higher
featuring Mhax Montes
Producers: Presto
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8. Altered States
featuring Wayward Saints
Producers: Presto
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9. Mass Quality
featuring J Theory
Producers: Presto
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10. What's What
featuring Fatlip; Kim Hill
Producers: Presto
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11. Feel Me
featuring T Weaponz
Producers: Presto
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12. Part of Greatness
featuring CL Smooth
Producers: Presto
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13. Let It Circulate
featuring Dhurti Whoutr
Producers: Presto
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14. Plain Jane
featuring Kim Hill
Producers: Presto
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15. Go
featuring Trek Life
Producers: Presto
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16. Still Here
featuring IN-Q
Producers: Presto
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17. Outro
Producers: Presto
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18. Conquer Mentally (Large Pro Remix)
featuring Sadat X; O.C.; Large Professor (of of Main Source)
Producers: Large Professor (of Main Source)
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Bonus Disc: Videos
1. Conquer Mentally
featuring Sadat X; O.C.; Large Professor (of of Main Source)
2. On
featuring LOWD

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4.4 Stars (4.4 Stars )
Total Comments: 10
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/7/2010 3:12:00 PM; Partial IP: .12.73.146)
Location: cdn
Comment: This created, held, and pushed fwd a dope vibe and the emcess came solid, lovely blend and awesome sounds
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/27/2008 9:41:00 PM; Partial IP: 15.109.178)
Location: local or
Comment: bought the ep and was knocked off right away...dopest producer yet to blow up and already workin with legends
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/4/2008 3:41:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: nyc
Comment: Great album not everybody can say that...
Name: (Posted: 8/26/2008 1:23:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: Non Applicable
Comment: Great Production lots of potential next time round when hes got more money theyrell b better lyrics, a solid 8 tracks defnly worth checkin out. seems like hes tryin to put alot of people on gotta give him credit for that. On f/ lowd samples nba jam f/x defnly been sittin on that for what a decade? pretty sick tho
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/30/2008 1:37:00 PM; Partial IP: .91.37.148)
Location: Poland
Comment: Great Job Presto!This album is very good shit
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/8/2008 2:15:00 PM; Partial IP: 144.236.26)
Location: A-town
Comment: Best track: Large Pro Remix of Conquer Mentally. No doubt. Overall a reasonable album.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/22/2008 6:17:00 PM; Partial IP: 16.175.198)
Location: Chicago, Il
Comment: It's alright. Isn't #3 an MF Doom beat?
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/18/2008 4:50:00 PM; Partial IP: .57.58.197)
Location: lower alabama
Comment: this guy has good production..wish he could replace some of the mc's though...but he did the best with the spitters he had
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/14/2008 9:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 01.250.125)
Location: Denver, CO 80210
Comment: Everyone who's down with hip hop should BUY this.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/14/2008 2:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 31.198.226)
Location: los angeles, 90061, ca
Comment: yo this album is the joint my peoples
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