OCT 4 - TODAY IN HIP HOP
Released Oct 4, 1988, Critical Beatdown is the debut album by Ultramagnetic MCs.
Before forming as a group, Ultramagnetic MCs members Ced-Gee, Kool Keith, DJ Moe Love, and TR Love (all from The Bronx) were break dancers for the New York City Breakers and People’s Choice crews.
Although it charted modestly upon its release, Critical Beatdown has since been acclaimed by music critics as a classic album of hip hop’s “golden age” and new school aesthetic. Music writers have noted the album for its innovative production, funk-based samples, self-assertive themes, ingenious lyricism, and complex rhyme patterns.