January 16, 2008

The most bloggish post yet [Ultramagnetic MC's]

Jose Canseco doing a Charlie Hough impression. This got him laid up in the hospital, for real

I feel sort of bad that I posted about Kool Keith's proclivity for referencing baseball players without delivering the goods. Hey! Student readers deserve better! Anyway, here are two more tracks off of The Four Horsemen, Ultramagnetic MC's 1993 album. More on that in a moment.

Ultramagnetic MC's - Two Brothers With Checks (San Francisco, Harvey) [The Four Horsemen LP, 1993]

Ultramagnetic MC's - Saga of Dandy, the Devil & Day [The Four Horsemen LP, 1993]

So here are the baseball players that Kool Keith mentions in "Two Brothers With Checks (San Francisco, Harvey)":

  • Thurman Munson
  • Bucky Dent
  • Sparky Lyle
  • Joe Morgan
  • Ray Fosse
  • Charlie Hough

Pretty old school. Ray Fosse is now a TV commentator for the A's, I wonder if he knows his name got dropped on a classic rap album. Even Ced Gee gets into the act here, blurting out "Montreal Expos!" He couldn't have picked a better team, as far as I'm concerned.

Galarraga was my favorite player, but only while on the Expos

Now it's time to pick a long-standing bone about Ultramagnetic MC's. I've posted tracks off of The Four Horsemen, which hasn't received anywhere near the (retroactive) acclaim of their first album Critical Beatdown. I need to quote this piece of inane "criticism" posted to pitchfork when that album got re-released:

But despite Keith's reputation, Ced Gee is the source of the album's most insane, digitalk-quantum gibberish, spouting lines such as, '[Ced's only notable line on the album].' Ced's rhymes are so 'approximate,' in fact, that they should be studied in seminars alongside general relativity.

Yeah... but no. What kind of nonsense is this, claiming that Ced is better than Kool Keith? Enough bitterness though. Enjoy these tracks, especially "Saga of Devil, the Dandy & Day," which is probably the best rap song about baseball of all time.

Walt Weiss yall

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