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. Influential hip hop magazines The Source
and Hip Hop Connection both listed Critical Beatdown in their Top 100
charts, naming it one of the best 100 hip hop albums ever. The 1986
single “Ego Trippin” is one of the first tracks to use the SP1200 drum
machine (programmed by producer Ced-Gee), and the SP1200 would later
become the golden standard for many hip hop producers. This expanded
edition features not only the original album with the 15 tracks, it also
includes 6 bonus tracks: the original 12” versions of “Funky”, “Bait”,
“A Chorus Line” featuring Tim Dog, “Mentally Mad” plus “Traveling At The
Speed Of Thought (Hip House Club Mix)” and “Ego Trippin (Bonus Beats)”
coupled for the first time ever on vinyl. It also contains a 4 page
booklet with interviews, rare photos and liner notes written by Angus
Batey, the author of Rhyming and Stealing: A History Of The Beastie Boys
and a writer for Hip Hop Connection and Mojo magazine.
This first pressing also comes with an exclusive photograph of
Ultramagnetic Mc's on thick cardboard. The timeless classic Critical
Beatdown is available as a limited edition of 2000 individually numbered
copies on yellow vinyl.
180 gram audiophile vinyl
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)”
Includes 4 page booklet with interviews, rare photos and extensive liner notes by Angus Batey
First Edition includes exclusive photograph print on thick cardboard
Limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on yellow vinyl