Masters of Illusion (album)

Masters of Illusion is the eponymous debut album of American hip hop group Masters of Illusion, composed of producer KutMasta Kurt and rappers Kool Keith & Motion Man. It was released on November 14, 2000 via Threshold Records. The project features no guest emcees, but does feature DJ cuts/scratches by DJ Revolution, DJ Babu and DJ Rhettmatic.

Masters of Illusion
Masters of Illusion Instrumentals.jpg
Studio album by
Masters of Illusion
ReleasedNovember 14, 2000
Recorded1998-2000
Genre
Length59:30
LabelThreshold Records
ProducerKutMasta Kurt (also exec.)
Singles from Masters of Illusion
  1. "Partnas Confused/Masters Of Illusion"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Partnas Confused/Magnum Be I"
    Released: 1999
  3. "We All Over/Souped Up"
    Released: 2000
  4. "The Bay-Bronx Bridge/Silk Suit, Black Linen"
    Released: 2000
  5. "Urban Legends/Let Me Talk To You"
    Released: 2001
Kool Keith chronology
'Matthew
(2000)

(2000)
'''''Masters of Illusion
(2000)
(2000)
'Spankmaster
(2001)

(2001)
KutMasta Kurt chronology
'''''Masters of Illusion
(2000)
(2000)
Diesel Truckers
(2004)
Motion Man chronology
'''''Masters of Illusion
(2000)
(2000)
Clearing the Field
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX4.5/5 stars[2]
RapReviews9/10 stars[3]

Some CD releases also come with a free instrumental version of the album, as is typical with Kool Keith releases (Dr. Octagonecologyst, First Come, First Served, etc.)

Track listingEdit

All music is composed by KutMasta Kurt.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Figment" (Intro)0:39
2."Masters of Illusion"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
3:06
3."We All Over"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
3:43
4."Magnum Be I"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
3:21
5."U Want Freestyle?"
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
2:28
6."Scared Straight"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
3:01
7."Time 2 Get Right"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
4:21
8."Step Up"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
3:20
9."The Funky Redneck" (Skit)
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
1:48
10."East West Hustlers"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
4:24
11."The Bay-Bronx Bridge"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
3:40
12."Call the National Guard"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
3:06
13."Back up Kid"
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
3:34
14."Partnas Confused"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
3:45
15."Souped Up"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
3:23
16."Urban Legends"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
3:41
17."Clifton's Conversation" (Skit)
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
0:21
18."Let Me Talk to You"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
11:52
19."Silk Suit Black Linen"
  • P. Laster
  • K. Matlin
  • K. Thornton
1:42
Total length:1:05:15

Notes

  • Tracks 3, 5, 8, 12 and 14 featured DJ cuts by DJ Revolution
  • Track 7 featured DJ cuts by DJ Rhettmatic
  • Track 16 featured DJ cuts by DJ Babu

PersonnelEdit

  • Kurt Matlin – lyrics, producer, mixing, arranging, executive producer
  • Keith Matthew Thornton – lyrics (tracks: 1-3, 5-11, 13-19), vocals
  • Paul K. Laster – lyrics (tracks: 1-4, 6-12, 14-19), vocals
  • Kurt G. Hoffman – scratches/cuts (tracks: 3, 5, 8, 12, 14)
  • Nazareth Nirza – scratches/cuts (track 7)
  • Melvin Babu – scratches/cuts (track 16)
  • Scott Zuschin – voice (track 1)
  • Ken Lee – mastering
  • Jim Rasfeld – layout
  • James Reitano – artwork

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Meyer, Lee. "Masters of Illusion - Masters of Illusion". AllMusic. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Staff, DX (March 26, 2001). "KutMasta Kurt - Masters of Illusion". HipHopDX. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  3. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash' (June 7, 2005). "Masters of Illusion :: KutMasta Kurt Presents Masters of Illusion :: Threshold Recordings". RapReviews. Retrieved November 26, 2016.

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