||ExplicitWho Is It||Mantronix||6:10||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWe Control the Dice||Mantronix||3:57||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitListen to the Bass of Get Stupid Fresh, Pt. 2||Mantronix||4:29||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLadies UK Remix||Mantronix||3:55||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBig Band B-boy||Mantronix||4:45||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMusic Madness||Mantronix||5:28||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitElectronic Energy Of...||Mantronix||5:33||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitScream||Mantronix||5:27||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMegamix||Mantronix||5:06||$1.29||View in iTunes|
Many Mantronix fans will tell you that the group provided its best and most essential work when it was signed to the small Sleeping Bag label and MC Tee was still on board. Listening to Music Madness, it's hard to argue with that. This 1986 LP, which was Mantronix's second album and its last album before leaving Sleeping Bag for Capitol, is proof of how fresh-sounding and creative Mantronix was in the beginning. The futuristic outlook that defines "Scream," the single "Who Is It," and other tracks sets Music Madness apart from other hip-hop albums that came from New York in 1986; Tee's rapping is very much in the 1980s b-boy tradition, but the club-minded producing and mixing of Curtis "Mantronik" Khaleel is unlike anything you would have heard on a Run-D.M.C. or L.L. Cool J album back then. And that fact wasn't lost on hip-hop's hardcore, which felt that Music Madness wasn't street enough. Mantronik was fond of saying that his goal was to "take rap a step beyond the streets," and this album tended to attract dance music and electro-funk lovers and club hounds more than hardcore hip-hoppers. The Album remains Mantronix's best album, but this excellent LP runs a close second.
Still Frrressshhh Today
Mantronix, particularly Kurtis, was a couple steps beyond everyone in the mid 80's hip-hop scene in terms of production, music direction, virtuosity and creativity. The fact that they weren't very well known outside the hardcore hip-hop community only strengthens this fact. What he could do with that Roland 808 beat machine was nothing short of genius. It was sad to see this group slowly merge with the mainstream, and by the early 90's any resemblance of this trailblazer's innovation had vanished. However, listening again 22 years later is fun and every now and then I hear things I didn't hear back then - amazing how it still seems fresh. For a brief time, listening to Mantronix Music Madness (& The Album) "back in the day" was truly exhilarating, mind blowing, and felt like I was being taken on a hip-hop ride through inner and then outerspace. Superlatives are not enough. Wow.
In 1987 I was first introduced to the Album and loved it. I transfered it to my best Cassette Tape [Metal] and it pumped-me-up on my commute to college and night clubs. My "friend" has yet to return my Album and my Tape eventually got eaten. Now, we finally meet again. But hey, does anyone know how I can connect my Apple SE-30 to plug-in to my car, so I can play my iTunes 1.0 ? : 0
What was the name of the cut," Do you like Mantronix". So long ago I forget. any help out there?
Formed: 1984 in New York, NY
Years Active: '80s, '90s