The Ultramagnetic Bronx rapper Tim Dog released his 1991 debut Penicillin on Wax to a hostile audience. Ever a king of controversy, he made a million enemies with his provocative single “Fuck Compton,” a shameless attention ploy dissing N.W.A., DJ Quik, and America’s entire Pacific Coast. Penicillin on Wax contains more of the same, as Tim trashes everybody from Kwame to Michel’le to Eddie Murphy. The lyrical insults were arguably the opening salvo in what would later become the East Coast versus West Coast hip hop conflict.
There can be no doubt that Penicillin On Wax remains one of the true hard-core Hip Hop classics and one of many landmarks in sounds from the Bronx. Produced by probably the best Hop Hip producers of the early 90s, the Ultramagnetic MC’s, this album contains some of the most energetic tracks you’ll ever hear. Guest appearances on the mic from Kool Keith and Ced-Gee also enhance the LP.
The album Penicillin on Wax is recommended to all fans of old school rap.