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Still absolutely fresh

This was made in a time when all rap was still experimental and new, and is one of the most exciting recordings to come out of that age. These guys were fearless, and it shows, still after all these years

Critical Beatdown

Best hip hop album ever recorded and always will be.


The best hip-hop album of all time in my humble in opinion. After all these years I still get the irresistible urge and need to listen to Critical Beatdown....


Formed: 1984 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Arising from the Boogie Down Bronx in the mid-'80s as a far-flung hip-hop trio with a heap of new ideas to try out, Ultramagnetic's Kool Keith, Ced Gee, and DJ Moe Love occupy something of a singular place in the old-school pantheon. Combining funk-heavy tracks with jeep-rocking beats and obscure lyrical references, Ultramagnetic MC's have a list of firsts to their credit: the first rap group to employ a sampler as an instrument, the first to feature extensive use of live instrumentation...the first...
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