Abstract Mindstate Returns with ‘True Story’

Olskool Ice-Gre and E.P. Da Hellcat, the driving forces behind Abstract Mindstate, deliver powerful verses that delve into themes of deception, trust, and personal evolution
13 March 2024

It stands as proof of their resilience and growth despite industry challenges

The dynamic duo of Abstract Mindstate, hailing from the vibrant city of Chicago, is back with a fresh new single that defies genre boundaries and tells a compelling narrative. Released via Honest Music / Barak With Love and distributed by Virgin Records, their latest track titled True Story features the soulful vocals of Simthandile Mtolo and serves as a testament to their resilience and growth in the face of industry challenges.

True Story seamlessly blends adult-contemporary-hip-hop grooves with Simthandile Mtolo’s raw, jazzy vocals, creating a feel-good anthem with substance. Olskool Ice-Gre and E.P. Da Hellcat, the driving forces behind Abstract Mindstate, deliver powerful verses that delve into themes of deception, trust, and personal evolution. Backed by a beat co-produced by Young RJ of Slum Village and Dave Audinary, the track offers a timeless fusion of classic hip-hop and soulful melodies, setting the stage for Abstract Mindstate’s upcoming album.

Looking back on the making of True Story, Olskool Ice-Gre reflects: “Once the team heard ‘True Story’ and agreed it was a perfect first single, Young RJ immediately began mixing it. I sent it to Day Underscore (my artist/producer) from It’s A Cool Day to master it. He’s also a studio engineer. Everyone was very satisfied with the final product and we had our first single from the upcoming album”

As veterans in the hip-hop industry, Abstract Mindstate boasts a rich history of collaborations and achievements. Olskool Ice-Gre played a pivotal role in mentoring and supporting Kanye West during his transition from producer to solo artist. Additionally, the duo holds the distinction of being the first and only female-male rhyme duo in hip-hop history. Their previous album ‘Dreams Still Inspire’ (2021), produced solely by Kanye West, solidified their place in the music industry.

Despite facing setbacks and a sixteen-year hiatus, Abstract Mindstate has returned with renewed determination and a captivating documentary titled We Paid, Let Us In! The Legend of Abstract Mindstate’ Produced by Emmy-Award winning producer Trizonna McClendon, the documentary garnered international acclaim and is set for private screenings across the UK and parts of South Africa in 2024. The duo will also join Slum Village on their European tour as special guests, showcasing their enduring influence and talent on stage.

Abstract Mindstate’s True Story is a testament to their enduring legacy and dedication to their craft. Embark on a genre-bending exploration of self-discovery and resilience with Abstract Mindstate. 

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