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The film chronicles the inspiring journey of Chicago’s hardest working rhyme duo, Abstract Mindstate (as seen in the Netflix film, Jeen-Yuhs). A standout in the Chicago hip hop scene during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Olskool Ice-Gre and E.P Da Hellcat were known for their live show and gritty double entendre laced lyrics. As the only noted male/female duo in hip hop, Abstract Mindstate faced many highs and lows along the way that led to a sixteen-year hiatus until one of the most decorated and highly regarded artist in music got a hold of some of their early work and was inspired to produce an entire album of new music for them. Armed with a new body of work and a cosign from one of the biggest names in the world, Abstract Mindstate is here to tell the world that Dreams Still Inspire.

Director Biography - Trizonna McClendon


Chicago native, Trizonna McClendon is an Emmy award-winning television producer with close to twenty years experience in the industry. She has lent her talents to networks such as NBC, Netflix, Bravo, BET, Lifetime, plus many many more. Most recently she has written, produced and directed her first documentary film, We Paid Let Us In! The Legend of Abstract Mindstate. Trizonna is also the Supervising Story Producer and co-writer of the inspirational documentary film, She Did That. As a multi-passionate creative, she also flexes her vocal prowess as a singer-songwriter with music featured on Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It series currently streaming on Netflix.

News & Reviews

"The Return of Abstract Mindstate"

Rolling Stone

"A Guide to the Kanye Doc’s Lesser-Known Characters"


"Every Celebrity and Music Industry Cameo in Kanye West Documentary Jeen-Yuhs Explained"


"How Kanye West Reunited With Abstract Mindstate to Produce Their Whole Album"


"Abstract Mindstate announce Kanye West-produced album Dreams Still Inspire"


"Kanye West produces Chicago hip hop dup Abstract Mindstate"

Chicago Tribune

"Abstract Mindstate Return With Kanye West Produced Album"

"Dreams Still Inspire (album)"

Abstract Mindstate - Dreams Still Inspire


Project Type:

Documentary, Feature


Documentary, Music, Feature, indie Film


1 hour 27 minutes 7 seconds

Completion Date:

July 22, 2021

Country of Origin:

United States

Country of Filming:

United States



Shooting Format:

Digital, Canon

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