"First there was the Holy Bible, then there was Koran, then there was Blue Train (Coltrane), then there was It Takes A Nation of Millions, then there was Midnight Marauders, then there was Things Fall Apart and now there is Four Track Mind! These guys represent the epitome of the late '90s hip hop exodous into areas other than NY and LA. For years most of what was coming out of the Midwest (even Chicago) was poorly produced, two-bit gangster garbage that was a far cry from anything on the west coast in that arena. Now it is clear from the Mudkids, Common, and others that the heartland represents some of the most original and listner friendly hip-hop on the planet.DJ El-Mass has put together some of the absolute finest basslines and sample beds that have ever been produced. They have been described as hypnotic and infectious. He pulls sounds form all over the world to meld into something that has never been produced in this manner, before or since. MC cHoc has the larnyx to get the job done on the vocals, firing smooth, tight vocal arramgements that perfectly complement the EL-MAss sound. It is unprecedented!I hope that these kids can stay together and that people start buying there stuff. My understanding is that there live show, opening for the likes of Wu-Tang, Rage Against the Machine, the Roots, Ghostface Killah, Lauryn Hill and a slew of former greats (Run-DMC, Mix-A-Lot, etc.), is the best yet.Keeps you eyes peeled for a new single "ECO-SYSTEM" out Winter 2000 on Surf. And a new album to follow. ORDER THIS TODAY!"
Mudkids rule 4ever w/ 4trackmind
djpimplicious | 01/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i'll make this quick-Hiphop from indy exists, and it IS the Mudkids. They rule, the mics, the turntables, and your minds. So buy ASAP, you wont be disappointed."
4track Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit
djpimplicious | 09/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I would wager that not more than .0000000001 percent of the world has heard the music of the Mudkids, much less seen them live. That only means that 99.99999999 of the world is just that much less musically fulfilled. If you endeavor to call yourself a hip-hop fan, or go the whole 9 and label yourself a head, a b-boy, or a b-girl, you must have this album. Listen to it, at which point you must either realize the artistic depth and yet, hip-hop purism, or quit calling yourself one of the aforementioned names. This is Hip-hop, Not in the sociological-economic terms KRS-One would have us apply. Nor is it the geographically defined street "realism" where Biggie and Tupac reign as Deities. No, this is hip-hop where Miles Davis, plays the horn, Bob James and Billy Joel play on dueling pianos with Monk composing, Kurtis Blow and Kool DJ Herc pick out the beats, and Rakim and William Shakespeare battle rhyme. All of these ecclectic influences channel their way into Dj El Mass's carefully constructed tracks, and through MC Choc SoReel's microphone. This is taking your roots into the Future, this is rhyming Gretzky with Jet Ski, and then going Al Green style for the Ladies on the track Fool. And then the Muddies take this all to the stage, where it's back to ass-whupping freestyles, Rhyming over Premier tracks, and ripping the crowd in half. This is Hip-Hop, learn something."
Phat beats and fly rhymes
djpimplicious | 01/11/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These rocksteady kids from Indy are straight layin'it down and this hip hop is damn tempting. You gotta lap it up. Lyrical ingenuity from cHoc and shakin' beats from El-Mass make this an extremely underated album. Gnosis and Kontent and Arrange also throw in their phat verses. Once these kids get heard and build an audience, they will be big. They've got more than talent. Check out - rap can do(possibly the most fly track of the year), serpents inna mi garden, freekya, water to earth ............. nevermind .............. Check out the whole album."