They have one of the most unforgettable names in Hip-Hop and have made some of the most notable and important songs in the 34-year history of recorded Rap music. They are called Ultramagnetic MC’s and 25 years ago they released one of Rap’s greatest and most influential albums, Critical Beatdown.

In 1987, EPMD (credited as EPEE MD) debuted with their groundbreaking 12” “It’s My Thing/You’re A Customer” on Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records. While it was just one of numerous classic singles to drop that year it would have even more impact the following summer when both songs were on the 10 song opus Strictly Business.