Golden State of Mind fortifies a heavy-handed dose of 16 tracks that will make you wondering why there isn’t more material. Eerie samples right off the bat with slamming 808s will be sure to knock out your stereo deck. C-Point starts off the album with the single “C-Point”- a spooky slice of production while keeping his lyrics sharp and on point with deep musical metaphors. There is a real dark (almost gritty) feel to C-point’s album, “Golden State of Mind”, with a west coast vibe on it. This is not something that you will catch in your mainstream playlist, but definitely something original that hip-hop has been lacking and NEEDS. The album is simply original in a way that utilizes old school synths in a new authentic way (Saw tooth, triangle wave forms, moog synths etc.). All the synthesizers are lush and will fill up your headphones without an inch of headroom to spare. The flow patterns, melodies and deliveries each artist possessed on the tracks were extremely innovative and created exciting dynamics as the album progressed. I really liked the analogue warmth of the samples on the album and it brings it back to the Golden Age of hip-hop where saturation from analogue tape and outboard gear were prevalent. The production on the album was great as well with excellent utilization of panning, delay effects, and reverb. The snaps on the snares and percussion were amazing as well- the breaks hit perfectly with the bass lines and vocals. I can tell C-Point takes a lot of time perfecting his music and will not release anything without making sure all his levels, compression and EQs are on point. It takes a lot for an artist to put in that kind of commitment but it is definitely apparent with how carefully orchestrated the album panned out in the final product.
Favorite tracks on the album-
Karma- Such a dope song with an excellent E-bass and key chords. The lyrical slaughter on this one is unforgettable and really sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Golden State of Mind- Taken from Nas and Jay Z’s, “State of Mind” repertoire, C-Point adds his own unique style by creating a video game sounding instrumental creating an excellent west coast joint.
Sexual- The hook is simply ludicrous accompanied by a Dr. Dre style piano and huge pounding bass dips. This is a really smooth song that raps the album’s seal for a powerful concluding statement.
Golden State of Mind 5/5 Stars *****