Ultramagnetic MC’s – Poppa Large (East Coast Mix)

Ultramagnetic MC’s released their single “Poppa Large (East Coast Mix)” back in 1992.  The single was remixed by Da Beatminerz and this version was not included on their second studio album “Funk Your Head Up“.  The album and single were released on Mercury/PolyGram Records.

Back in 1988, I remember how mesmerized I was when I heard their debut album “Critical Beatdown”  The album was raw and oozed New York flavor.  For some reason or other, I remember listening to the album and wanting to throw a chair out the window when I heard tracks like “Ease Back” and “Ego Trippin“.   Fast forward four long years, and this classic album hits my eardrum with a force so mighty, I want to throw a whole sofa out the window!

The track starts off with a dope bass sample of “The Bird” by Jimmy McGriff, but it’s Kool Keith’s delivery and rhyme pattern that makes this track that much doper!   The man is a legend and his delivery and wordplay legendary.  The flow is bananas and the track is probably their dopest from the Ultra library.  It will have you saying “I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast” until someone tells you to shut the hell up!

The video was as large as the song.  The video has Kool Keith rapping in a straight jacket with a bird cage type mask rests over his head!  Insanity is just the word to descibe this track!  To Bellevue Isane Asylum we shall go!

Tracks like “Pluckin’ Cards“, “You Ain’t Real” and “Make it Happen” are all hot tracks (not to mention dissing everyone from N.W.A to X-Clan) and make “Funk Your Head Up” a must own album.  It is not as dope as it predecessor, but still funky enough!

[Verse 1: Kool Keith]
I keep in shape and do my physical fitness
Your head’s numb, so your brains a miss this
Pick ’em up, eat ’em up, pick ’em up, heat ’em up
Pick ’em up picklehead, pick ’em up picky
I roll wit globs and I come real sticky
Grippin’ the mic, I plug it up in your ears
Crazed and brewer. I’m coming out like beers
Like Rheingold, Miller, Coors, and Buds
I’m a eat ’em wit popcorn and treat ’em like suds you duds
Coming out the wick wack, wicky, wickable wack
Black jack, that’s a fact, writing exact behind your back
The funk rhyme’n master, blaster
Kicking up in a brainstorm, rainstorm
Rap storm, rap form
Rap time, rap rhyme
Rap class, I’m here to fail and to pass
To continue, furthermore on the hype tip
I roll and rock, rock and roll
Jazz and pop, rhythm and Blues
Dance and fusion, brain confusion
Look at the lights, what a night on the town

I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast
I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast
I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast
I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast

[Verse 2: Kool Keith]
Now I’m back to funk, freak the funk
Hype the funk, swipe the funk and all that junk
I get busy on ’em, communicate wit the world
Man, woman, a baby boy and a girl
Poppa large looking out, the bombs drop
Taking stroud while your face and arms drop
Stop, look, learn to read, learn to write
Learn to talk, learn to walk
And watch your step though, I’m hype and ripe though
Kleptomaniac, a rhyme’n psycho
A Ricky Ricardo, a Guy Lombardo
Sporting a ragtop, an El Dorado
Step into Hollywood, I’m screening the boulevards
The rhymes is gain type, I’m ready to pull a card
Jack’a Ace, King’a Queen
Call me the deuce, I’m pouring out like juice
Hitting the top, feeling the rim
Getting a trim, I never rhyme like them
On and on, on and on, on and on
Until the break of dawn
I go overtime, rock the mic in nighttime
Daytime, switching off to Primetime
Pacific east, strolling back in the west time
Ride the funk wit the mic in the east rhyme
Hype and dope, hype the frame
The mic is smoking, yo I ain’t joking
Rhyme to kill, rhyme to murder, rhyme to stomp
Rhyme to ill, rhyme to rock
Rhyme to smack, rhyme to shock, rhyme to roll
Rhyme to destroy any decoy boy
On the microphone

I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast
I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast
I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast
I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast

[Verse 3]
You’re dripping sweaty, coming hard on your neck
As I flow and grow from head to toe
Seeking a style like John McEnroe
Dissing ’em all, serving them wit the mic stand
Like Prince and Michael coming out wit a big band
The crowd is live, you can play as the manager
Run wit the money, I pull the trigger and damage ya
Boom, taking life more serious
I may sound lyrical and very mysterious
Rhymes are grip tight, program to kill more
A son of Sam, how could I be Gilmore?
Grabbing the mic, you see the dark and shadows
You’re in living hell, without time to battle
The funk ignited, hands are writing, brains dividing
I’m coming out in sighting
Like I’m Blackula, a better man that Dracula
Spectacular and not irregular
In fact you are speaking impopular
Rhymes are moved and you can’t be stop wit the
Beat as it goes to the rhyme that flows
Like a coke in a straw burning up in your nose
That’s a bad habit, stepping out on stage one
Drop the mic, come and turn to page one
Look at the master, my rank is higher
My lyrical burns, your brain’s on fire

I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast
I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast
I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast
I’m Poppa Large, big shot on the East coast

-Al E.

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