Ultramagnetic MCs

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Rapper Tim Dog: "A Financial Rapist and an Abuser of Women"

    Last week came the definitive news that Bronx rapper Tim Dog was indeed dead. After over a year of investigations into Tim Dog (real name Timothy Blair) possibly faking his death following the February 2013 news of his alleged death from a diabetic seizure, Dateline NBC finally obtained a copy of hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Rap and Basketball: A History

    On Sunday, Wale, Fabolous, and Big Sean performed at the Barclays Center as part of the celebrity basketball challenge. With the three performing in a venue that a rap artist help build, it's a reminder of the long and storied history rap and basketball have had together -- hip-hop and hoops have pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    The History of Horrorcore

    While hip-hop is a worldwide multi-billion dollar industry at this point, a big part of what's kept rap music so fresh and vibrant for almost 40 years now is the constant innovations coming from its various regional sub-genres. While tracing the lineage of rap styles has been made easier with the ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Rapper Tim Dog May Have Faked His Death

    Back in February, we brought you the unfortunate news that famed early '90s rapper Timothy "Tim Dog" Blair died due to a diabetic seizure at the age of 46. On a much lighter note, it looks now like that might not be true.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Bronx Rapper Tim Dog, RIP

    Yesterday, famously antagonistic Bronx-born rap artist Timothy "Tim Dog" Blair died of a diabetic seizure at the age of 46. One of the most boisterously brash voices ever heard on a rap record, Tim Dog was the epitome of the hulking hip-hop bully archetype. Debuting in 1987 as the featured guest op ... More >>

  • Music

    February 6, 2013

    Om'Mas Keith, The Chosen One

    The Queens-born hip-hop producer walks in to the Grammys a double-nominee

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Q&A: Tone Tank On Making Bootleg Toys, The Beastie Boys, And Why L&B Spumoni Gardens Has The Best Sicilian Slice

    Tone Tank anointed himself the King of Surf Guitar Rap back in 2009. It's a title the rapper, who resides in Brooklyn, admits he didn't have much in the way of competition for, but it's one that brought him to the attention of Geoff Barrow, the producer for Brit trip-hop troupe Portishead. Barrow wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Win A Pair Of Tickets To See Ultramagnetic MCs At Music Hall Of Williamsburg This Sunday

    This Sunday, the Bronx hip-hop stalwarts the Ultramagnetic MCs are playing a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the Northside Festival, and Sound of the City has a pair of tickets to give away. See below for how to enter.

  • Music

    June 13, 2012

    Kool Keith Remains Defiantly Warped

    Doing the dirty work as hip-hop cleans up

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Q&A: Kool Keith On Times Square's Seedy, Marquee-Lit Old Days

    Kool Keith used to love the Times Square of the early '80s; while interviewing him for this week's Voice, he waxed lyrical on the subject. Here's his full and lengthy rememberance of the days when 42nd Street was a seedier place, one lit by marquees advertising kung-fu flicks and boomboxes that look ... More >>

  • Music

    September 28, 2011

    Geoff Barrow's Sour Rhymes

    The member of Portishead excavates his band's hip-hop roots

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Live: Kool Keith Keeps It Weird At 285 Kent

    ​ Kool Keith w/Spanish Broads, New Optimism, Nine 11 Thesaurus 285 Kent Saturday, August 13 Better than: Getting eaten by a halfshark alligator. Hip-hop might seem increasingly shiny and sugar-coated, but the genre's bizarre and shadowy recesses haven't been completely abandoned yet. Eminem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Second Jeff Mangum Show Added To Portishead's Big Three-Day Fest In Asbury Park

    ​The Portishead/All Tomorrow's Parties-curated festival I'll Be Your Mirror, taking place down the shore in Asbury Park from September 30 through October 2, has added a second performance by the no-longer-all-that-reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum to its itinerary, and is relea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Top 10 Greatest Kool Keith Aliases

    Schizophrenic rap oddballs come no more intriguing than Kool Keith. With a catalogue over 50 different personas and aliases--whether it be the kinky cape-wearing Spankmaster or the very familial John Clayborne Cousin of Jimmy Hicks--the Bronx-born Kool Keith leads the rap world in split-personalit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Q&A: Pharoahe Monch On Growing Up in Queens, Twitter, Pizza, and Porn

    ​"A guy got shot in the head at a club and the brain pieces were on the mirror -- as I was running out I took a glance at it." Pharoahe Monch is talking about the most unfortunately explicit thing he saw growing up in the same Southside Jamaica, Queens neighborhood that 50 Cent would later myt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Celebrate Kool Keith's Birthday At Southpaw Tomorrow With The Ultramagnetic MCs And "Special Guests"

    ​I am afraid to tell you how old deranged/pornographic/quite possibly ingenious Bronx rapper Kool Keith, he of the myriad aliases and wildly erratic and thoroughly entertaining live shows, actually is -- it will only depress you. And him. And yet the announcement of an honest-to-god Kool Keith ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    RIP Melvin Bliss, Creator of "Synthetic Substitution"

    Wax Poetics reported yesterday that Melvin Bliss, singer of one the most sampled songs of all time, 1973's "Synthetic Substitution," has died. The list of artists who've borrowed from the track is long and overwhelming: Ultramagnetic MC's, Public Enemy, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Gang Starr, ... More >>

  • Music

    September 12, 2006

    Spankmaster and Servant

    On the psycho/genius double helix and XXX appeal of Kool Keith

  • Music

    January 1, 2002
  • Music

    July 31, 2001
  • NYC Life

    February 27, 2001

    Live and Erect

    Rock And Rap Shows Bed-Spring Into Action

  • Music

    August 17, 1999

    Multi-Personalities on the mic, all shook up

    The missing link between Sun Ra and Zapp?