Filed under: Ced Gee Special,Promos & Exclusives,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Funk Your Head Up has already been talked about on this site in great detail, and thanks to Ultra associate Marc Davis, it was revealed that Mercury records had refused to release the original version of the album for being “too hardcore” as far as the production was concerned. This further illustrates just how clueless many A&R people can be, raising the question “why would you sign a hardcore group like Ultramagnetic if you wanted a crossover act?”. So as it turned out, the label insisited that the group record a couple of “smoove” radio-friendly tracks such as “I Like Your Style” and then got some foreign producers called Solid Productions to remix many of the original beats.
The very idea of letting some idiots mess with original Ultra tracks is disgraceful to begin with, but this kinda shit goes on in the music biz daily so it’s not really suprising. A few songs that were later issued on Tuff City such as “Ya Not That Large” were also intended for their second album, and give us a glimpse at how much better that project could have been if their original vision had survived intact.
Luckily, beatlover laced me with the original versions of “MC Champions”(featuring the removed Tim Dog verse) and “Message To The Boss”- both sporting alternative production to the retail versions – as were leaked on Westwood‘s radio show back when he still had an ear for good rap.
Ultramagnetic MCs - MC Champions (original version) [unreleased,1991]
Ultramagnetic MCs - Message To The Boss (original version) [unreleased,1991]
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