Sunday, July 26, 2009

Critical Beatdown

This late '80s classic by The Ultramagnetic MC's had a young Kool Keith so far ahead of his time I think this shit went over a lot of the heads of the Hip Hop set. Ultramagnetic, at the time, were the most skilled MCs on the East Coast (and possibly the world) and Critical Beatdown is the proof, and check out their duds on the cover, that is just pure Bronx style dope. I'll take that over that hideous Ed Hardy shit any day.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

entertainment ... but very impressive on a Reaganian system
I'm sure little Italy love that, it is so cool walking on the street with bla bla bla

Aesop said...

Is it just me but have the comments been really strange lately? Not that I'm complaining.

Anonymous said...

why ? because you need very cool sounds
I just like girls on this social class

Tel said...

Absolute classic; I don't need to download this one, but anyone who doesn't own a copy should waste no time in doing so.

John Gonzo said...

Change my pitch up. Smack my bitch up.

cliff vicious said...

yeah i need this my copy is battered! Kool keith running rap conventions. More mental case hip hop needed

veganboyjosh said...

I first read the first comment on the KPF post yesterday as lyrics, and heard it in the voice of Rob Farmer.

Perhaps it's the ESL readership posting?

Anonymous said...

"dey rhymes are pathetic, dey think dey copasetic"

EestGosed said...

made my day. i love kool keith but unfortunately haven't heard very much Ultramagnetic. thanks for thisss shiiiiitt

T. Garrett said...

Holy shit, thanks for upping this. I haven't heard it since high school; a buddy of mine and i would cruise around all day listening to this shit.

Anonymous said...

I was quite happily listening to this and then...

At the start of 'Moe Lov's Theme'

There is a sample 'Its your life go ahead and live it do what you want etc etc

Thats a British blue eyed soul/funk band from the mid 70's called 'UPP' and the sample is from upp's 1st album on a track where the band drop out leaving the lead singer doing what you hear on the Ultras track.

UPP had a fantastic bass player called Steven Amazing and before upp got their own deal they were Jeff Becks backing band for awhile.

Seems the Ultramagnetic MC's had left no stone unturned in their pursuit of rare samples to use as Upp's album would have been hard to find then.

Obviously its been out on CD in recent times.

Good interesting post..Thanks

Flight Of The Troglodyte said...

I have around 100 unreleased Kool Keith recordings and you don't.

Kyle said...

FUCK YES!

Aesop said...

Anonymous, thanks for the info, now I need to hear UPP.

Flight.., share that shit.

Flight Of The Troglodyte said...

He swore me to secrecy. I just wish I had accepted his Red Lobster invitations all those times.

TMM said...

yeah that top one might be the weirdest in a while.....I like it

those flat tops ....always wished I could pull one of those babies off

Anonymous said...

In my country, you just have to know the Grand master flash to be consider like a bad boy
I think you're all gangsters

Anonymous said...

this is the blog of my new girlfriend Jennyfer
she don't know that I know that she is cool (she loves music of Romance and BardM, wow !)
http://dogmeatfriend.blogspot.com/
this is not clear but try to read, she's is so marvelous
I love this super super style

Ty said...

I bought a Saab, a 1990 Turbo!

Doesn't get any better than this. "Ego Trippin" is one of my favorite beats ever created.

icoulddietomorrow said...

i love this album. not only does it hold up much better than most of its peers, it's some of the only Kool Keith stuff that i can stomach i.e. it's not too backpack/white-washed.

-Adam

Dave G said...

Love it. I had this one as a kid but it has since disappeared. Thanks for getting this one back in my computer at least.

Anonymous said...

Ultramagnetic is totally awesome. Thanks buddy.

Todd said...

Your head is triangle like a mango, somethin' I snack on.

Christy said...

Am I too late? I tried to dl this but it asks for a password. Anyone know how to go around this or a password?

Thanks,

Aesop said...

Christy, try it again.

t-rocc said...

ease back

prosthetic eyes said...

Fucking great record, I haven't listened to this one in a while. Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!

Chris said...

on the production tip look up paul C (RIP), one of the baddest white boys ever.... made the beat for "give the drummer some" plus TONS of other classic later 80's beats....some of the tracks on this album were out as singles as early as 86-87

Chris said...

paul C's wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_C

and part one and two of a dope dj mix of his productions

vol1-- http://music-selections.com/2008/11/23/dj-kid-grebo-introduce-his-mixtape-aka-paul-c-lives-vol-1-featuring-the-legendary-prince-po/

vol2--http://hiphopbattlefield.blogspot.com/2009/07/paul-c-mix-part-2.html

a true innovator/genius! peace