|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
This Bronx, New York, USA-based four-piece rap troupe incorporated the best traditions of jazz and funk in their polished, rhythmic style. Having worked with Boogie Down Productions KRS-One among many others, the Ultramagnetic MCs earned their reputation at the forefront of rap, pioneering the use of the sampler in hip-hop. They comprised Maurice Smith (aka Moe Love; DJ), Keith Thornton (aka Kool Keith; lead MC), Trevor Randolph (aka T.R. Love; rapper and co-producer) and Cedric Miller (aka Ced Gee; MC and co-producer). The quartet emerged from posses such as The Peoples Choice Crew and New York City Breakers just as Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataas work saw hip-hop break cover. Their own backgrounds could be traced to underground basement clubs like the Audobon Ballroom, Sparkle and the Back Door.
The quartets 1988 debut served as a direct influence on the Daisy Age rap of subsequent acts such as De...