The Underrated: Mint Condition

Hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota, Mint Condition just might hold the title of being the most underrated group of all time. With a catalog spanning 8 studio albums, as well as group leader Stokley Williams' numerous collaborations, Mint Condition has built up quite the legacy since arriving on the scene in 1991 with their debut album "Meant To Be Mint". An eclectic group of individuals from the start, they struck gold with their first big hit, "Breakin' My Heart(Pretty Brown Eyes)", which has went on to become one of the most popular R&B songs from the 1990s and remains in rotation on your local radio's late night playlist.

With the release of their second album "From The Mint Factory", Mint Condition continued their streak gaining another hit with the smooth "U Send Me Swangin" track. Seeing commercial success, putting out two good albums, and having hits put Mint Condition on the map, and as their careers were rising, they finalized their third album "Definition of A Band", which is my personal favorite album from them. They garnered two hits off that album, "What Kind Of Man Would I Be" and "You Don't Have To Hurt No More", keeping their streak alive yet again. They released their last album of the 90s, "Life's Aquarium", which featured the hit "If You Love Me", then seemingly took a sabbatical for about 6 years, before returning with 2005's independent "Livin The Luxury Brown". They would get right back to work with the 2008 release "E-Life", which featured appearances by Anthony Hamilton and Phonte.

With multiple tours under their belt, a legacy solidified and newfound inspiration, the group released their 7th album "7" in 2011, then followed up quickly with their 8th and most recent album "Music @ The Speed of Life" in 2012. Since then, the group has been mainly touring while reportedly working on an upcoming 9th album. We shall see what the future holds, but regardless, Mint Condition is one of the most underrated groups of our time. Pay homage.



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