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Black Star. Talib Kweli. Mos Def. A Tribe Called Quest. Cypress Hill. Sort by:. Customer Review Release Date Bestselling. Sample this song. Each of the members of the group are from Long Beach, California. Dizzy, Einstein and Andy met each other through mutual friends and eventually began creating and performing music together.
In , the group self-released their first album Down The Road on cassette which was sent as promo copies to radio stations and began to build a local following. The original promos came from a rainbow pack of tapes and differ in colour. It uses samples particularly drum breaks and loops as the foundation of most tracks, whereas many modern artists have given up sampling in favor of synthesized sounds and drum-machine beats.
Ugly Duckling is known for humorous and intelligent lyrics,  "lampooning the excesses of modern hip hop"  , such as its obsession with sex and materialism. In live shows, the group's DJ Young Einstein employs complex scratching routines with vinyl instrumental records to provide the musical backdrop for the rappers unlike many modern hip hop groups who work from digital media.
Einstein 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 worn by Einstein during live performances. Ugly Duckling's music demonstrates the contrast 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. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Genre Rap. Track Listing.In the s, the term "fresh" sounded quite dated and was seldom heard on rap recordings anymore, but Ugly Duckling use it repeatedly on their debut mini-album, Fresh Mode. The L.A. group made no secret of its dissatisfaction with much of the hardcore rap of the late '90s, and by saying "fresh" repeatedly, Duckling were longing for what they saw as a more creative era in hip-hop.6/