Filed under: Ced Gee Special,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
“Mentally Mad” has to rate as one of rap’s greatest ever b-sides. Any single with the outstanding “Funky” as the main attraction has already earned it’s keep, but throwing this shit on the flip seals the deal. Hearing Chuck Chillout mix the intro of this track for about five minutes before dropping in the vocals on his old Kiss FM show was the closet thing I ever had to a religious experience back when I was a kid. The beat should be played at speaker-melting levels to enjoy this hardcore “future shock” experience to the fullest.
Lyrically, Ced Gee and Kool Keith are prepared for all out war against all you germs, as Keith warns: “I love static, I got a automatic/if a sucker don’t believe? Touch my pocket – pat it, just feel the steel barrel!” while no topic is safe from Ced’s ramapage “Our government – they lack efficiency, in Iran and the Persian Gulf!” he yells, before telling us that although he “might rip off your jaw”, he’s “down with Jesus, call me his apostle!”.
As with many of his Ultra Lab masterpieces, Ced constructed the track for “Mentally Mad” using some samples that may seem familiar these days (but were ground-breaking at the time), and once again the science behind his drum programming and sequencing produces another dose of South Bronx funk that’s so far ahead of it’s time that it still hasn’t been matched to this day. DJ Moe Luv turns the insanity levels up a notch with his high-octane scratching, and by the time the horn section bursts onto the scene, hip-hop perfection has been attained.
Ultramagnetic MC’s – Mentally Mad (Next Plateau, 1987)
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