JayQuan discusses Kurtis Mantronik and his legacy as a beat programmer, producer & Dj. Written,narrated,edited and lived by JayQuan. Part 2 will discuss Music Madness, In Full Effect, King Of The Beats & his R&B/Freestyle productions.

The Ultramagnetic MCs formed in 1984. Their first single was "To Give You Love" (1985) on the Diamond International label. The group's worldwide buzz started with "Ego Trippin'," its first 12-inch single on Next Plateau Records in 1986. It was the first hip hop song to feature the "Synthetic Substitution" drum break sample, composed by Melvin Bliss and one of the most sampled songs of all time. The group's next single was "Traveling At The Speed of Thought (Original)"/"M.C.'s Ultra (Part Two)" followed by "Funky/Mentally Mad," one of the most sought-after 12-inch singles of its career. Funky was based on a Joe Cocker piano sample later used as the basis for 2Pac's California Love. It was released in 1987. This led to the release of the group's first album.

The Ultramagnetic MCs released a new school classic in 1988, Critical Beatdown, introducing many new sampling techniques. Many believe that without the group's primary producer, Ced Gee, the golden era of sampling may have looked very different. Ced, while uncredited, also produced the majority of Boogie Down Productions' seminal Criminal Minded. These albums are among the first to use "chopped" samples, rearranged and edited to change context. Both albums also feature many James Brown samples, which became very prominent in Hip Hop in ensuing years. KRS-One has been quoted as saying that he was very close to joining Ultramagnetic MCs early on. Paul C. was also a major contributor to Critical Beatdown, producing "Give The Drummer Some," and engineering most of the album. Paul C. also produced the Hip-House mix of "Traveling At The Speed Of Thought", which was used as the group's first music video, and was their sole release in 1989. The single's b-side, "A Chorus Line", became one of Ultramagnetic's most popular songs and introduced new group affiliate Tim Dog. A variation of the "A Chorus Line" instrumental was used as the basis of Tim Dog's debut single, the Ced Gee-produced "Fuck Compton", which became a modest hit and is credited with helping to spark the East coast/West coast feud of the mid-1990s.

The group went on a hiatus for several years, breaking up temporarily in 1990. They returned on Mercury Records in 1992, with the album Funk Your Head Up. The album received a muted response, in part because many tracks had been given a commercial sheen, having been remixed by outside producers at the label's insistence. Alternate mixes of this album's songs along with unreleased tracks from the sessions have appeared on later compilations. The song Poppa Large, remixed by Da Beatminerz, became a hit and remains a staple of Kool Keith's live show. The song's video featured Keith in a straitjacket, his bald head encased in a birdcage.

In 1993, the group released the album The Four Horsemen, which featured guest 

VIDEO PICKS OF THE WEEK

K Burns - Burnieville

Brooklyn born and bred emcee, K Burns has released his full-length debut, Burnieville. After a momentous 2018 where he released eight independent EP’s (which included projects with producers Vinyl Villain and The Historian he huddled up with his Team Fame Gvng (TFMG) crew and like-minded allies to make the full-length.

This includes production from his Ecto84 (Team Fame Gvng), Tru P., Wavy Da Ghawd, Hobgoblin, Bass Reevez, Gabdulla Tha Butcha, and Cousin Res.Features on the project include TFMG brethren Mak P, 318Cha$e and Fetty as well as Rim (Da Villins), Con$piracy, Eddie Kaine and Kelo. TFMG Producer, Eddie Word also helped arrange the whole album as well as tighten up some tracks. 

The tracks that stand out are Reintroduction, WeU4, Dishes, Backwood Rollin, National Stoner Anthem, New Young G, Cold Outside ft Con$piracy & Urban Royalty

Other notable tracks are Welcome To Burnieville, Adios & GVNG Money.

You can hear tracks from the Burnieville album right here at www.allthewaylivehiphop.com

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Megan Thee Stallion - Fever

Fever is the debut album by American rapper Megan Thee Stallion. It was released via 300 Entertainment on May 17, 2019 and features 14 tracks. The album includes the single "Sex Talk", as well as the songs "Simon Says” (featuring Juicy J) and "Money Good".

The tracks that stand out are

The other notable tracks are Money Good, Ratchet & Running Up Freestyle

You might just hear Realer, Hood Rat Shit & Best You Ever Had from the Fever album right here at www.allthewaylivehiphop.com

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Beast Coast - Escape From New York

Beast Coast, the group consisting of Flatbush Zombies, Pro Era, and The Underachievers, have dropped new album Escape From New York.

The tracks that stand out are Far Away, Snow In The Stadium, Puke, Coast/Clear & Last Choir

The other notable tracks are It Ain’t Easy, It Ain’t Easy, Problemz, Rubberband, Distance, Bones,

You can hear tracks from the Escape From New York album right here at www.allthewaylivehiphop.com

Curren$y & Statik Selektah - Gran Turismo

Curren$y and Statik Selektah have joined forces for a collaborative album titled Gran Turismo.

The 10-track album features Jadakiss, YBN Cordae, Wiz Khalifa, Jim Jones, Termanology and Haile Supreme. All production is handled by Statik.

The tracks that stand out are Theme Music, Clear, Nothin New, Dirty World, Gran Turismo & Forever

The other notable tracks are At Night, Nothin Less, Friend or Foe & Outside

You can hear tracks from the Gran Turismo album right here at www.allthewaylivehiphop.com

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Megan Thee Stallion - Realer 

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Mondays- The Foundation with JayQuan

Tuesday- Boom Bap Only - G-Zon & Ronsha

Wednesday - HOP2THIS - DJ GrazzHoppa / Keep It Movin - DJ Droppa

Thursday - Pots & Pans - Snafu 76 aka G Spot

Friday - Faithful Fridays - Nat & Faith Walker

Saturday- The Administrator Presents - Righteous Allah

Sunday - The Best in 80's. 90's & 2000's Hip Hop

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DJ Khaled - Father Of Asahd

Father of Asahd is the eleventh studio album by American hip hop producer DJ Khaled, released on May 17, 2019, through We the Best Music and Epic Records. It features the singles "Top Off" and "No Brainer" along with collaborations with Cardi B, 21 Savage and Meek Mill. On May 16, DJ Khaled revealed the track listing and features, as well as that the music videos for "Higher", "Just Us", "Celebrate", "Jealous" and "Holy Mountain" would be released throughout the day of May 17, followed by the video for "You Stay" on May 18, and "Wish Wish" and "Weather the Storm" on May 20.

The tracks that stand out are Holy Mountain, Just Us, Higher, Won’t Take My Soul, Thank You & Holy Ground.

The other notable tracks are Wish Wish, Top Off

You can hear tracks from the Father OF Asahd album right here at www.allthewaylivehiphop.com

Planet Asia - "Loosies" 

production and vocals by Godfather Don, who produced solo Kool Keith sessions in 1992. Some of those tracks appear on The Four Horsemen, and also on The Cenobites LP. The former was the last official album the Ultramagnetic MC's released until their 2007 reunion.

There were many semi-legitimate and compilation albums to follow, the most official of which was Next Plateau's The B-Sides Companion, which featured a new song, some unreleased 1989 songs recorded for a second Next Plateau LP and most of the group's classic singles, albeit in newly remixed form. Ced Gee and Moe Love both provided demos and unreleased songs spanning the group's entire career to Tuff City for a series of four albums which were released without Kool Keith's consent. A live album, Brooklyn To Brixton, was announced but abandoned.

As a reaction to Ced and Moe's involvement in the Tuff City releases, Kool Keith and Tim Dog reunited on the album Big Time, released under the name Ultra in 1997. Kool Keith went on to record many solo CDs, including several under aliases such as Dr. Octagon and Dr. Dooom. His abstract rhymes and syncopated, off-beat delivery influenced many rappers, including Pharoahe Monch from Organized Konfusion and Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan.

In 2001, Ultramagnetic MCs released a single, "Make It Rain/Mix It Down" which whetted fans' appetites for a reunion album. Two other songs, "Baby, I'm Mad" and "Who Am I?" were recorded at the same sessions but remain officially unreleased. In 2004, the original versions of the Next Plateau singles were finally released on CD as bonus tracks on the remastered Critical Beatdown. In a 9 December 2005 interview on Houston's Late Nite Snax radio show, Kool Keith confirmed rumors that the Ultramagnetic MC's had reformed and recorded a new album. Founding Ultramagnetic MC's member Ced Gee has set up Factshen Records. A new Ultramagnetic MC's LP, Back to the Future—The Bronx Kings Are Back, was scheduled to be released in 2006 but was later named The Best Kept Secretand released January 2007. Although the album's cover features the original line-up of Kool Keith, Ced Gee, Moe Love and TR Love, TR (along with Tim Dog) is notably absent. Instead, guest verses are provided by newcomers like Grafiq Malachi Sebek. However, Tim Dog and TR Love have each recently released songs featuring Ultramagnetic under their own names. The group also released a new song after the album's release called "We About Chix", the video can be seen on YouTube.

The group performed live at the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival curated by ATP & Portishead in September 2011 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Curren$y & Statik Selektah "Theme Music" 

Che Uno x Vago - Rubble Kings (Feat. Asun Eastwood x Recognize Ali)

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Young Nudy & Pi'erre Bourne - Sli'merre

Thanks to his multitude of hits for Playboi Carti, Pi’erre Bourne sports one of the most instantly recognizable producer tags in the rap game. Fans of Young Nudy boast even more familiarity with that Jamie Foxx Show-referencing snippet, seeing as their fruitful partnership touches all of the Atlanta rapper’s SlimeBall mixtapes and the creepily compelling Nudy Land. The joint effort Sli’merre displays everything right about their pairing—the warbly trap beats and slightly askew flows of cuts like “Dispatch” and “Gas Station” cooking up with narcotic ease. 21 Savage and Lil Uzi Vert come through with memorable features on “Mister” and “Extendo,” adding their juice to an already overflowing spiked punchbowl.

The tracks that stand out are Long Ride & Joker

The other notable track is Mister

You might hear Long Ride & Joker from the  Sli'merre album right here at www.allthewaylivehiphop.com

Mooch & Futurewave – Boss Sauce

Boss Sauce has guest appearances by Rigz, M.A.V., Daniel Son, Saipher Soze. The production, mixing, delivery & collaborations are on point. It’s a well put together 12 track album.

The tracks that stand out are Soul Plane, Kill Papi Pt.2, Porch Lights, Elixir, Enough is Enough, Carnation Milk & Boss Sauce.

The other notable tracks are Mustard, Plastic & Drugged Out,

You can hear tracks from the Boss Sauce album right here at www.allthewaylivehiphop.com

Duckwrth - The Falling Man

Los Angeles-based rapper, Duckwrth, has returned with a new EP titled The Falling Man. The project is his first release since his 2017 An XTRA UUGLY Mixtape.

The Republic Records artist’s latest project features eight tracks, including collaborations with Rico Nasty, Terrace Martin, Allan Kingdom, Medasin, Kiana Ledé, Mr. Carmack and NoMBe.

The tracks that stand out are King King, Nobody Falls, Love Is Like A Moshpit & A Wildfire

The other notable tracks are Bow & Fall Back

You can hear tracks from The Falling Man album right here at www.allthewaylivehiphop.com

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