Filed under: Ced Gee Special,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Rounding off my Delta Force One Special, it’s only right that the full version of “Ego Trippin’ (MC’s Ultra)” gets some well-deserved shine. To put it bluntly, everything about this song defines the term “classic”. For starters, “Ego Trippin'” has the honor of being the first hip-hop track to flip Melvin Bliss‘ ill “Synthetic Substitution” break, which went on to be used in more songs than I care to remember but remains as one of the greatest drum breaks ever made. Ced also adds some dope piano stabs and sprinklings of bass to the track, while a JB scream is cut-up for the chorus. The highlight for me is the break halfway through (where the song ended on the album), when Moe Luv delivers the killer “Ultra-Ultra-Ultra-Ultra-Ultramagnetic!” scratch which delivers the 1-2 punch and floors the opposition. That shit still gets me amped.
Who can forget the way Ultra set this song off with a scathing Run-DMC diss: “Say what? Peter Piper? To hell with childish rhymes!” is followed by “Corporal” Kool Keith‘s declaration that “They use a simple back and forth, the same old rhythm/ that a baby can pick up and join right with them!”. Them’s fightin’ words right there. Ced let’s us know that he’s “advanced with elevation, astonishing with rhythm”, and he’s not kidding. This track was like nothing else at the time when it was first released back in
19871986, and it still shits on 99% of anything made to this day. All I can recommend to cynical rap fans is to listen to “Ego Trippin'” at least once a week to remind yourself why you started listening to this shit in the first place.
Ultramagnetic MC’s - Ego Trippin’ (MC’s Ultra) [12" Version] (Next Plateau, 1986)
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