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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Back when shoelaces were fat and Michael Jakson was black'
Much against todays modern onset of 'gangster rap', Ugly Duckling bring a new breath of truly old-school 'fresh' hip hop. No doubt Andy Cooper, Dizzy Dustin and Young Einstein have revived the true hip-hop industry, following on from Beastie Boys, De La Souls and People Under the Stairs 80's days, with extreme amounts of talents. 'I did it Like this', with brilliant...
Published on 15 Jun 2003 by Raph

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3.0 out of 5 stars Skool's out for summer
The long-stuttering hip hop trio of Ugly Duckling have produced a good but disposable hip hop record. Sounding like a Beastie Boy take on De La Soul's 3ft High and Rising, these 3 West Coast white boys deliver a now well travelled return to delicious Old Skool beats. And there, Bernard, lies the rub. Although its well crafted, it offers little new. Young Einstein, Dizzy...
Published on 29 May 2001


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Back when shoelaces were fat and Michael Jakson was black', 15 Jun 2003
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Raph (Cambridge, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Journey To Anywhere (Audio CD)
Much against todays modern onset of 'gangster rap', Ugly Duckling bring a new breath of truly old-school 'fresh' hip hop. No doubt Andy Cooper, Dizzy Dustin and Young Einstein have revived the true hip-hop industry, following on from Beastie Boys, De La Souls and People Under the Stairs 80's days, with extreme amounts of talents. 'I did it Like this', with brilliant Samples from Einstein, A Little Samba, which talks about modern day sellouts. This group is truly under rated, not known by many, which perhaps is a good thing. But buy this album and no doubt your view of hip hop will change forever. Oh yeh, listen out for some fresh lines such as, And I wrote a little rap about my fat cat but now im the cat with the phat rap'- genius
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funky, happy, full of quality, can't get much better, 28 Mar 2002
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Maggie Sutherland (Carmarthenshire, Wales UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Journey To Anywhere (Audio CD)
This album is great, top quality hip-hop on the lighter side of things. Just a couple of guys having a laugh and being good at it to. Album filled with great songs such as the a little samba, pick up lines awesome stuff really.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip hop music: daisy age jazz funk fusion, 7 Aug 2002
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This review is from: Journey To Anywhere (Audio CD)
I'd just seen UGLY DUCKLING make a rare public appearance at a sugar bear night in blackpool, and they blew me away with their stage show, so much that I had to purchase this album.
I DID IT LIKE THIS is a real pleaser containing a sample of Beastie Boys "Paul Revere" and has a catchy hook to get your head bobbing. THE PIKE is a funky little number, and I can't really find fault with any of the tracks on the album - just like their counterparts Jurassic 5 they have quality control.
In a nutshell, the album combines rap, funk, jazz, lazy beats and summerey melodies that are essential for chilling to on the beach, or lazing in your crib. If you like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Jurassic 5 and the ilk, but you want your beats fresher and funkier on an underground tip then purchase this album - it is essential, UGLY DUCKLING are one of the most underrated groups around. Ignorance is no excuse - go buy, you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early nineties rap is back!, 8 Sep 2001
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This review is from: Journey To Anywhere (Audio CD)
Taking a break from all of those big explicit beats of the likes of Eminem, Ugly Duckling are slightly different in the fact that they don't swear and therefor making their music have a more fun and enjoyable twist to it. This group has not just sat down and written a load of intelligent lyrics down, got stuck half way and shoved some swear words in afterwards, they have made a reasonably well written and produced album which offers a lot of variety and everyone's favourite styles of old-skool rap. It may not be a 'fresh' style as they try to say a few times in their album, but it sure is a nice break from all that D-12 kind of stuff and always have a few ideas up its sleeve. If they stick with this great blend of what makes rap so great, the trio of Dizzy Dustin', Andy Cooper and Young Einstein could get very far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two Mc's and one DJ., 19 Nov 2001
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This review is from: Journey To Anywhere (Audio CD)
With it's rejuvinated mixture of old school beats
and it's intelligent and witty rymes "Journey to anywhere" continues Ugly Ducklings rise to critical aclaim, joining the likes of Jurrasic 5 and Black eyed pees.
The three, obviously talented and maybe slightly eccentric musicians, have a rare, colourful and almost animated style to offer an almost completely contrasting interpitation of contemporary hip hop to a more educated and P.C audiance.
Having already descovered a niche in rap industry, this album is attempting to reach out to a wider,international audiance.
I predict big things from these three and I guarentee, to all you good music lovers, with this you will not be disapointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars White version of People Under The Stairs, 6 Jan 2003
This review is from: Journey To Anywhere (Audio CD)
the best way of describing Dizzy Dustin, Andy Cooper and DJ Young Einstein's style is mix of People Under The Stairs, Beastie Boys and the lighter side of the Beatnuts. so pretty damn good then! the raps are tight and very funny at times. but most importantly they are exceptionally funky and really get you going. excellent old skool, funky, up-beat hip-hop and definately worth buying.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take me back to the old skool gang, 24 July 2001
This review is from: Journey To Anywhere (Audio CD)
This is one of the best hip-hop albums around at the moment. J5, Beasties, Mark B & Blade. The old samples are perfectly picked. One of the albums you can just listen to over and over again. Whether it's the catchy latino "Little Samba" or the opening track "Introduckling" from which the first few bars let you know what the rest of the album will be like. These three west coast boys know exactly how to write the old skool style. Not forgetting the huge hip-hop anthem "I Did It Like This" this album is a definate for any old skool or hip-hop fan. One of the albums to play in a car with the windows wound down on a perfect summers day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a summertime classic, 4 Aug 2001
This review is from: Journey To Anywhere (Audio CD)
this is one of the best hip-hop albums i have bought in a long while. From the very start of the album, you can tell its quality. The best track has to be If you wanna know, but I couldnt name one track that I dislike.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mmm good rap, 27 July 2005
This review is from: Journey To Anywhere (Audio CD)
Wow! I am not really one for rap music but Jurassic 5 lured me in. Think "Power in Numbers" and double its greatness. This album is amazing, hats off the young einstein, the genius behind all the beats. The loops are some of the best I have ever heard and it alternates adding and taking away parts making the track sound varied, take notes crappy comercial rappers. And then we get to the lyrics. Truly inspirational, funny, clever, and just so je ne sais pas. Made by masters of this genre, this is one hip hop album you cannot miss.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden and Fresh, 11 Sep 2001
This review is from: Journey To Anywhere (Audio CD)
This album is hip-hop at its finest - it is impossible to keep still whilst listening to it and you can't fail to be humming the tunes after just one listen. The combined vocal talents of Dizzy and Andy C, coupled with the immense scratching skill of Young Einstein and his gold chain, create a beautiful fusion of breaks and amusing rap commentary. With this, their first album (amazingly, they formed back in 1993), their popularity can only grow - "Little Samba" is already a popular tune with DJ's and clubbers alike. It is refreshing to hear a group that don't feel the need to disguise a lack of musical and lyrical originality with the incessant use of obscenities, unlike most of their rap/hip-hop contemporaries. They are truly original and they're having too much fun to swear constantly. They successfully take the happy-go-lucky qualities of the early De-la-Soul output and merge it with the cheeky attitude of the Beastie Boys to produce a wonderful record that will make you smile. Saying that, they are a truly original outfit and trying to make any kind of comparison seems a bit of an injustice. Definitely the best hip-hop album in years, and a great live show with it - do whatever you can to see them on their rare visits to the UK. And don't take your eye off that gold chain....
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