Ugly Duckling Overview

Ugly Duckling is an American United States hip hop hip hop music group that formed around 1993 in Long Beach Long Beach, California , California.

 
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Each of the members of the group calls Long Beach, California, home. Dizzy was raised on the north side of Long Beach and attended Jordan High School Jordan High School (Long Beach, California) , whose alumni include Warren G and Gilligan's Island actor Bob Denver. Einstein grew up in the Wrigley area of Long Beach and attended Wilson High School, whose alumni include Bradley Nowell of the legendary Long Beach group Sublime Sublime (band) . Andy Cooper was raised in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood and attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, where he was on the varsity basketball squad. Notable Poly alumni include Snoop Dogg and actor Carl Weathers. The members of Ugly Duckling met through mutual friends and began listening to and eventually creating and performing music together.The group's style is primarily a throwback to the kind of hip hop po***r in the 1980s and ’90s. It uses samples and scratches as the foundation of most the group's tracks, whereas many modern artists have given up sampling in favor of self-made beats and song elements. The two MCs, Andy and Dizzy, frequently alternate lines and puncuate each others thoughts, reminiscent of early groups like Beastie Boys. It is known for humorous and intelligent lyrics, "lampooning the excesses of modern hip hop"
Their music makes use of the original elements of hip hop music: turntablism and MCing. The group's DJ, Young Einstein, forms the backbone of the group and is known for complex scratches both on the record and live, unlike many modern hip hop groups where the emphasis tends to be on the MC. He is also the owner of the group's unofficial mascot, the dookie gold rope, which is the subject of the song "Eye on the Gold Chain," and is donned by Einstein during most live performances of the track. The group is renowned for their live shows, performing various antics on stage and making every effort to involve the crowd in their shows. They have performed in numerous countries around the globe including Australia, China, Japan, and Korea, and most of Europe including the United Kingdom and Scandinavia.

Ugly Duckling's music demonstrates the dichotomy of having grown up in an area known for gangsta rap and inner-city themes while listening to a variety of music, much of which was anything but hardcore. The band's songs often incorporate Christian themes such as love, forgiveness, and rejection of worldly values. Some songs include lyrics pertaining to the biblical end times. They also frequently make use of early hip hop hyperbole, where the primary goal of lyrics was to brag and self promote in an exaggerated and often humorous fashion.Ugly Duckling is influenced by a variety of artists including everything from old school hip hop groups to golden age hip hop artists. Their influences include groups like Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD, and the Native Tongues groups A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and Jungle Brothers. Other influences include Boogie Down Productions, Brand Nubian, Public Enemy Public Enemy (group) , and countless other artists instrumental in the development of early hip hop. The Ugly Duckling song "Do You Know What I'm Sayin," off its 1999 release Fresh Mode, is made up entirely of lines and phrases from classic hip hop songs strung together in homage to some of their favorite tracks and artists.Their song "Smack" was featured on Tony Hawk's Project 8 game and also on skater Paul Rodriguez Jr.'s Footage soundtrack. "Get on This" was featured in the movie "Boiler Room"."Turn It Up" was featured in the movie "Eurotrip", and "Something's Going Down Tonight" was featured in the kayaking film "Means Of Production",
The group's music featured extensively in the BBC sitcom Ideal Ideal (TV series) .
Albums

* Journey to Anywhere (1500/A&M/Interscope/Universal Records, 2001)
* Taste the Secret (Emperor Norton/Rykodisc Records, 2003)
* Combo Meal: Taste The Secret/The Leftovers EP (Emperor Norton/Rykodisc, 2004)
* Bang for the Buck (Fat Beats, 11 April 2006)
* The Best Of (Handcuts, 2006)
* Audacity Audacity (album) (Fat Beats Records, 2009)


EPs

* Fresh Mode (originally released on Bad Magic Records, 20 April 1999, Cat. No: MAGICCD1. Re-released on 1500/A&M/Interscope/Universal Records)
* The Leftovers EP (Earshot, 2003)


Singles

*"Everybody, C'mon" (1500/A&M/Interscope/Universal Records, 1999)
*"Now Who's Laughin'" (1500/A&M/Interscope/Universal Records, 1999)
*"I Did it Like This" (XL Recordings & Emperor Norton/Rykodisc, 2000)
*"A Little Samba" (XL Recordings and Emperor Norton/Rykodisc, 2001)
*"A Little Samba" (remixes) (XL Recordings and Emperor Norton/Rykodisc, 2001)
*"Eye on the Gold Chain" (XL Recordings and Emperor Norton/Rykodisc, 2001)
*"Eye on the Gold Chain" (remixes) (XL Recordings, 2001)
*"Dumb it Down" (Emperor Norton/Rykodisc Records, 2003)
*"Pass it On" (Emperor Norton/Rykodisc Records, 2003)
*"Rio de Janeiro" (Emperor Norton/Rykodisc Records, 2003)
*"Turn it Up" (Emperor Norton/Rykodisc Records, 2003)
*"Get Ready" (2004)
*"Yudee!" (Fat Beats, 2005)
*"Smack" (Fat Beats, 2006)
*"Left Behind" (Fat Beats, 2006)
*"Left Behind" (Wichita Mix) (Fat Beats, 2006)
 

 

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