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Questlove's Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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Ultramagnetic MCs, "Ego Trippin'" (1986)


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40/50

I once heard an interview with Run-DMC where they were kinda going off about how they weren't that much into Kool Keith. For the longest, I would scratch my head. Who could resist Keith's futuristic nerd flow? And then it hit me, once I went back to the very beginning: Most will see "Ego Trippin'" as the debut of the essential breakbeat classic "Synthetic Substitution." But the radical feel of the song distracts from the heart of the matter: They were going for Run and Co's neck!


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