When I was a young pup, growing up in the Golden Era of Hip Hop, ULTRAMAGNETIC MC’s dropped a single that blew my mind and literally changed my life. Up until then I knew I wanted to rhyme, but it was the song Ego Trippin’ that made me really take notice to the scratching and the production. the beat was so funky, the breakbeat, the baseline, the synth stabs and the scratches on the chorus made me want to some day also produce and DJ. I am sure countless artists have similar stories of inspiration from this seminal pioneering Hip Hop group that also was the first (that I know of) that had rhymes that didn’t – well, rhyme – not always at least.
So I got real exited when I saw that ULTRAMAGNETIC MC’s are on a European Tour, marking the 25th anniversary of that first album “CRITICAL BEATDOWN” with 10 shows
The Ultramagnetic MC’s have come back together to give Hip Hop Fans all across the globe what they are missing, a true authentic hip-hop show! This tour is not only for the fans they made 25 years ago but also serves as an introduction to those of a younger generation who may have never heard of them, showing them where their favorite rappers got their style from!
Back in the days when i was a teenager… myself and GMS (MCMI co-owners) met Kevin Fitzgerald aka DJ Organic in central park at a summer stage concert. He was traveling around filming what would later become the critically acclaimed Documentary “Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme” We introduced him to the MC’s we knew, took him to the events we threw and frequented, helped plug him in to the new york Hip Hop scene and even made cameos along with PackFM, Mr.Mecc, Substantial & PH – our fellow crew members from “The Plague” Flash Forward over a decade and a new documentary with the same great feel, love (and many of the same artist) directed byÂ Ice-T is about to hit the big screen….
Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music. This performance documentary goes beyond the stardom and the bling to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grandmasters of rap. Recognized as the godfather of Gangsta rap, Ice-T is granted unparalleled access to the personal lives of the masters of this artform that he credits for saving his life. Interspersed with the performers’ insightful, touching, and often funny revelations are classic raps, freestyle rhymes, and never before heard a cappellas straight from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a better understanding of, and a tribute to, an original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.