Track #5 "Ego Trippin' (Original 12")" by Ultramagnetic MC's
“Say what, Peter Piper?
To hell with childish rhymes!
'Cause this jam is just movin'
The crowd is steady-groovin'
To a supersonic pace
With highs and stupid bass!
With some pep
And the step
'Cause the beat is so funky the pace is well kept—'cause we're—”
“Five Finger” Louis copped a copy of Ego Trippin' (Original 12") by Ultramagnetic MC's (Kool Keith and Ced-Gee), on vinyl, we gather around in his room to listen to it in full after hearing it on DJ Red Alert's Friday show ( KISS FM ), we were the adolescents that tape every show until the station switched to freestyle. Mr. Magic on WBLS was wack to us there was only one show to jam to, not to mention Mr. Magic wasn't DJing just talking while the real workhorse Marley Marl was on the turntables. WBLS was heavy on Run-D.M.C. and "The Bridge" by MC Shan, Red Alert cut the turntables with state-of-the-art music, KISS FM felt contemporary with our generation, WBLS was for the old folks.
Ego Trippin' on the radio never got the full song length airplay. When Louis put the song on, it was lyrical mind-bending especially Kool Keith, sneak dissing "the Kings" stitching in the importance of being lyrical in New York, for now on you can't just change a few words in nursery rhymes and think you are being an M.C.
Their full album "Critical Beatdown" came out two years later which I believe hurt their climb in 1986. While it is still a great album sometimes Ced Gee lack of being a polished rapper can get exasperating, but Ced Gee who also co-produced Boogie Down Productions "Criminal Minded" is gifted, and he does pair well with Kool Keith, keeping them active until 2007 as an underground duo.