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<!--020080610014012-->Presto - 'State Of The Art' [CD]
<!--020080610014012-->Presto - 'State Of The Art' [CD]
<!--020080610014012-->Presto - 'State Of The Art' [CD]
<!--020080610014012-->Presto - 'State Of The Art' [CD]


State Of The Art



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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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