Is Ultramagnetic MC's 1988 debut generally considered a turning point in music?? You know akin to when Link Wray stabbed his amp's speaker cone with a pencil to achieve the distorted guitar sound on Rumble? Maybe? Probably not?
Should I make a really annoying music nerd analogy like "Kool Keith is the Lou Reed of Hip Hop?" Definitely a bad idea (he’s actually the John Cale of Hip Hop).
Anyway this record really hits the sweet spot of early Hip Hop’s charming limitations and resourcefulness, while also paving the way for the onslaught of creativity that was soon to come from the world’s most popular genre. - Nic
New York Hip Hop revolutionaries Ced-Gee, Kool Keith, Moe Luv and T.R. Love, known as Ultramagnetic Mc's dropped their seminal debut album Critical Beatdown in 1988. Immediately grabbing the attention and pushing the boundaries of hip hop into new horizons, it was hailed as a masterpiece by the underground.
- 180 gram audiophile vinyl
- Includes 4 page booklet with interviews, rare photos and extensive liner notes by Angus Batey
- 1988 Hip Hop Masterpiece featuring Ced-Gee, Kool Keith, Moe Luv and T.R. Love.
- Including the debut single “Ego Tripping”, “Traveling At The Speed Of Thought”, “Watch Me Now” a.o.
- Expanded edition with 6 bonus tracks; the original 12” versions of “Funky”, “Bait”, “A Chorus Line (featuring Tim Dog)”, “Mentally Mad”, the Hip-House Club Mix of “Traveling At The Speed Of Thought” and “Ego Trippin (Bonus Beats)”
- Black vinyl