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Close Your Eyes & Open Your Mind

by Mental Notes

Although the first release by Mental Notes. this album continues to satisfy audiences looking for a solid live show compact in one CD. Mental Notes captures the best of their development rocking show after show in NYC's underground scenes... recorded li
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Album Notes
Mental Notes
The Universal Hip-Hop Evolution

{a mental note} "The tendency of the Universe is toward entropy. Society has failed with its ways to organize this chaos, and music has emerged to illustrate that the solution lies in the unity of the Spirit and the Mind. Having realized that, Mental Notes began their journey; their goal is to record and articulate what they call the soundtrack of life."

Musically, Mental Notes combine the experimental expressiveness of the late 1960's and early 1970's with the power of funk felt in old-school hip-hop. Lyrically, Mental Notes travel in a conscious direction toward freedom of expression through the use of drums, bass, guitar, trumpet, d.j., sampler, and an m.c.

The Formula: a locked in tasteful rhythm section consisting of hip-hop grooves topped by dub and funk bass-lines, joined with memorable guitar melodies that solidify the foundation, fused with trumpet phrasings that accent the subliminal messages within the music. All of which are joined by turntablist techniques accompanied by samples and effects that evoke the subconscious and an m.c. poetically flowing over these combined elements to complement the "Evolution of Hip-Hop" (Mental Notes.

After their initial meeting on the music circuit in 1998, the members of Mental Notes collaborated with each other on various creative projects. Since the formation of Mental Notes in December of 2000, their musical chemistry has become explosive, captivating audiences with musical skills and improvisational talent. Through their rapid progress, Mental Notes managed to record their 1st album, the live "Close Your Eyes & Open Your Mind", released on their independent label, Multi Creations, in September of 2001. Since then, Mental Notes have continued to gain a loyal following, while catching the attention of the music industry with their intriguing sound. Recently, Mental Notes were selected as the featured band for January, 2002 on by respected writer Steve Nathan.

Mental Notes are a New York City "Hip-Hop Jam Band" with a universal vibe. The energy produced on stage has continued to keep them on top at venues throughout the city. Through their dedication and loyal following, Mental Notes have been able to establish weekly nights to develop, network, mechandise, and express their sound to their loyal audiences. Their run at the Izzy Bar was a success and lasted for six months on Thursday nights until they expanded and moved to Wednesday nights at the Parkside Lounge on the Eastside, and Friday nights at the Elbow Room on the Westside.

With the promotional and organizational efforts of their independt company Multi Creations, they have networked with other artists and bands to successfully plan events that have proven effective and profitable for their weekly venues. In addition to their weekly events, Mental Notes continue to obtain a rotation of steady performances at venues that include: Knitting Factory, CBGB's, Lions Den, CB's 313, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Baggot Inn, Orange Bear and local festivals throughout the New York City area.

In short, Mental Notes are a movement combining intelligent minds guided by the Higher Force Energy revolutionizing your perception of music. Mental Notes are "The Universal Hip-Hop Evolution".

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Must have
Simply put, this album is a must have. This album is hip hop in it's purest essence. I look forwad to seeing them live.

Jimmy K.

Fantastic Vibe!
I have seen this band many times live and have this and their other albums. They epitomize the technical groove man! They are tight and their hip hop funky rhythms inspire your senses. If you get a chance to catch them in Manhattan, do it!

Paula (Eternity Shine )

I love this cd,Billy Martin who writes most of the lyrics, is a very talented young man.this cd has changed my out look on a lot of things.Keep up the good work guys.Nuff luv.

Ashley Coby - Tygren Entertainment

The sweetest elixir of old school hiphop and funk
Mental Notes offers a superb concoction of melodic rhythms. It is the music equivalent of well-mixed martini.
Whatever that plagues hiphop today, Mental Notes provides the cure. Their live performance is an epic journey passionately led by the thoughtful rhyming of their leader MC Billy Martin. While mainstream hiphop lies stagnant, this band's funk expressions are the eptiome of musical creativity. Sonically, this band is hypnotic as the trumpet resonates behind Billy's societal rants over scintillating funk bass lines and drum beats. Turntabalist DJ Static amazes with precise cuts and scratches that are a memorable throwback to the purest days of hiphop. Funk and jazz elements are woven through each set, leaving the non-hiphop fans thoroughly satisfied. With ONE rapper, a DJ that actually spins, an occasional R&B crooner and a jamming live band, this group of artisits leave you with an indelible mental note. Mental Notes will lead the "Universal HipHop Evolution." Let's drink to that.


I found this record by accident, and I love it. These guys are really innovating some clever live techniques. This album is strong, challenging, and intelligent...with grittya** drums...what's not to love? Keep me posted on tourdates...this would be a live experience...word life.