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Ultramagnetic MC's: When I Burn (Prod. by Ced-Gee)
From: Critical Beatdown (Next Plateau, 1988)

Brother Soul: Cookie
From: Disco-Funk (RCA, 1975)

Today, I have an artlessly guileless pining: I want to listen to my favorite Hip-Hop album: Ultramagnetic MC’s Critical Beatdown (Next Plateau, 1988). However, this urge is dimly indistinct relative current events where:

I have no plans of meeting anyone who would nominate Ultramagnetic MC’s Critical Beatdown (CB) as their treasured Hip-Hop album as I presuppose they do not exist.
My other supposition is: Black barber shops are the litmus test for popular “Black” opinions (give or take a mofo(s) with a Planet of the Apes lobotomy or as phraseologist Ghostface Killah labels: “smart-dumb-ni&&as”).
I treated the 8th Avenue “Blend Kings” barber shop between 125 and 126 Streets in Harlem New York City, between the years 2000 and 2002, as my remote home. It was there that almost weekly I saw Ced-Gee producer (and emcee) of the entire CB album except “Give the Drummer Some” which is produced by the late Paul C. (born Paul C. McKasty) (Paul C. taught the Large Professor formerly of Main Source how to use the Akai MPC sampling drum machine). Thereupon, seeing Ced-Gee without restraint and without regard to frequency I yelled “Critical Beatdown!!! (which I sometimes closed with “the greatest Hip-Hop album ever!!!”)” which always drew obtusely angled brow raises from Ced-Gee.
In a sentence, Ced-Gee’s production on CB exceeds genius. CB and the Beastie Boys Paul Boutique (Jul. 25, 1989, Capitol) produced by the Dust Brothers are two albums that venture to use virgin samples that became Hip-Hop mainstays without compromising content and thus intent.
In a word CB and Ced-Gee for his production is historically, “unfuckwithable”.
Have a cookie (have one for Brother Soul he deserves it).

In other unrelated news:

Jon B speaks earnestly with EURweb:

"This is kind of racist, very racist," Jon said with pause: "it's even harder for black musicians to cut through in the game being that this is their music-R&B-black music-and it's hard for a black person to cut through in black music now than it is for a white person, which is absolutely ridiculous. That's kind of why I've fallen back from the game in a sense."


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