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Old school rap group from Brooklyn, New York.
Fresh Gordon – Gordon Pickett
Jeffery D – Jeffery Darling
Kiethy B – Kieth Bazmore
Stevie D – Steve Dunn
The Choice MC’s came from Brooklyn, New York.
Two 12″s of note were “Brooklyn Style” on Rocky Records in 1985.
Another record for which they occasionally pick up artist credit by mistake.This was followed by “Beat of The Street” on Tommy Boy which also featured Fresh Gordon’s biggest solo hit “Gordy’s Groove”.
While the group was originally five members, due to financial restrictions, only three actually toured, Gordy, Keith and Jeff.
DJ Chuck Chillout
Their best known record is “Rock The House” which has been sampled on just about every early cut and paste jam.
“2 3 break” and “Cuttin Herbie” were two equally good scratch instrumentals displaying the turntable finesse of Chuck Chillout.
“2 3 break” was one of the first records to cut up the well known “Rocket in the pocket” break by Cerrone.
1985 saw their return with “Stick Up Kid” and “Girls” and “Girls Part 2″.
Chuck Chillout worked with Run DMC on the “King of Rock” LP primarily on the cut “Daryll & Joe”.
Chuck Chillout went on to host a NY rap show in 1984 on 98.7 KISS FM doing the friday and saturday nights mastermix dance parties.
In the mid 80′s he putt out a solo record on Vintertainment called “Hip Hop On Wax Part 1″.
This release was part of a three part series.
Part 2 was by Kool DJ Red Alert and Part 3 was by DJ Born Supreme Allah (who also made “2,3 Break Pt 2″ in 1985).
Chuck also put out an album in 1989 called “The Masters of Rhythm” with Kool Chip on Mercury Records which featured “Rhythm is the Master”, “No DJ Like Chuck” and “I’m Large”.
He is also credited with mixing Public Enemy’s “Night of the Living Baseheads”.
He was also known as DJ Steel of Steel Productions.
Donald D was a solo artist for a few years affiliated with Ice T’s west coast Rhyme Syndicate putting out two albums.
The first one of which was called “Notorious” in 1990.
He also did a cameo on Ice T’s album “Power”.
He currently resides in LA where he is working on “Girls Part 3″ with Brother B.
In 1995 Chuck Chillout released a single called “2-3 Break ’95″ on Phat Wax with a vocal group he produced on the b side.
He also discovered the hip hop group Black Moon.
Chuck has a record pool in Newark (which was started in 1999) called Full Blast Record Pool and is working with a new upcoming artist named FT. NOX.
In addition, he has a show on XM radio Channel 66 Raw.
Captain Sky’s funk-based musical style, futuristic costumes, and psychedelic imagery are similar to those of George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and other Parliament/Funkadelic projects.
In the liner notes to the first Captain Sky album, Captain Sky’s origins are explained in this way:
Oh, by the way, if you’re wondering, Daryl Cameron somehow entered the phonebooth of his mind and emerged as Captain Sky. Tune in again.
With a group of other Chicago-based musicians, Captain Sky began recording around 1978 and released The Adventures of Captain Sky in that year followed quickly by Pop Goes The Captain in 1979.
Both albums were released by AVI Records.
Several singles were released from these albums, most notably “Wonder Worm” and “Super Sporm”.
By 1980, Captain Sky had moved to TEC records and on that imprint released his third album Concerned Party #1.
After several more singles, The Return of Captain Sky, his final album was released in 1981 back on AVI records.
Since that time, Captain Sky has released singles sporadically on various labels and older tracks have been included on various compilations.
Other recordings include “Don’t touch that radio dial” and “Station Brake”
Captain Rock was an underground fixture in the early 80′s.
Captain Rock was produced by Aleem (Taharqa & Tunde-ra Aleem) on NIA.
He appeared at the UK Fresh Fest 86 where he allegedly striped down to his thong on stage.
Several of his tracks include “Captain Rock to the Future Shock”, “House of Rock”, and “Cosmic Glide”.
Before being Captian Rock he was Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’s live dj from their period in the Harlem World Crew.
The only record he wrote the lyrics for was “Cosmic Blast”.
The Cosmic Crew didn’t exist longer than the time it took to make the record “Cosmic Blast”.
They were The Aleems, Dr Jeckyll + Mr Hyde, Scratch Al-D and Marley Marl.
He was a referee for NCAA Division 3 basketball in the late 80′s and early 90′s.
He’s also run a youth program in New York City, for underprivileged kids.
He still keeps in touch with several artists including Mr Hyde, Aleem Brothers and Marley Marl.
The pioneer of 20th century american beatboxing, Fresh is able to accurately imitate drum machines and various special effects using only his mouth, lips, gums, throat, and a microphone.
- Doug E Fresh
- MC Ricky D
- Chill Will
- Barry Bee
Although he began his recording career as a solo artist as one of the last artists on Enjoy Records and one of the first on Vintertainment Records (the same New York-based label owned by Vincent Davis that would later make a name of Hip-Hop artist Joeski Love and bring R&B icon Keith Sweat to ultimate fame), it was when he and a new team of DJs known as The Get Fresh Crew (Barry Bee and Chill Will) along with a newcomer named MC Ricky D (who would later achieve fame as Slick Rick) came to fledgling New Jersey-based Hip-Hop label Danya/Reality Records the following year and recorded “The Show” (which borrowed the melody of the Inspector Gadget theme by Shuki Levy),and “La Di Da Di“, a tune that was completely voiced by MC Ricky D and backed by Doug E’s beat boxing for the entire duration of the song.
It was when both of these songs were released on a single (particularly 12″ single) that broke him (and Slick Rick) into stardom.
Both “The Show” and “La-Di-Da-Di” are considered two of the all-time greatest early hip hop classics and, as such, make up one of the first and only Hip-Hop singles to have two hit songs on the same record.
“The Show” peaked at #7 in the UK Singles Chart in December 1985.
Unfortunately, Slick Rick would leave the group almost a year after the single was released leaving many wondering what happened to him until 1988 when he became a Def Jam artist and released his debut album, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.
Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew soldiered on, now officially signed to Danya/Reality/Fantasy and releasing two albums from that period; both of which are now long out of print and extremely rare:
Oh, My God! from 1986 (which includes the hit song “All The Way To Heaven“)
The World’s Greatest Entertainer from 1988
The main single from the album The World’s Greatest Entertainer was “Keep Risin’ To The Top” which was named after Keni Burke’s then-obscure 1981 hit “Rising To The Top“, which, thanks to being sampled in Doug E. Fresh’s song, has become Keni’s signature tune.
Doug E.’s “Keep Risin’ To The Top” also samples the main chorus phrase of Heatwave’s 1976 classic “Ain’t No Half Steppin’“, which Big Daddy Kane also sampled that same year for his song of the same name.
In 1992, after a four-year hiatus, Doug E. Fresh joined with MC Hammer’s label, Bust It Records and issued one album, Doin’ What I Gotta Do, which (despite some minor acclaim for his single “Bustin’ Out (On Funk)” which sampled the Rick James 1979 single “Bustin’ Out“) was a commercial failure.
In 1993, Doug E. Fresh found a new home at Island Records-affiliated label Gee Street.
At the time, he managed only to release one single that contained three songs—”I-ight (Alright)“, which was the main song; “Bounce“; and “Freaks“.
Although “I-ight” (which originated the now-famous club chant “Heyyyyyy, YO!… I-iiiiight?“) was slated to become the first major hit for Doug in 5 years, it was almost immediately overshadowed by “Freaks“, a Dancehall tune beat-boxed entirely by Doug E. and vocalized mainly by his protégé, a Brooklyn-born Jamaican teenage newcomer named Vicious.
The song received major radio and club play, followed by video play when the video was finally produced a few months into 1994.
The latter would soon ink a deal with Sony Music’s Epic Records for three years, although he would only release one album, Destination Brooklyn.
In 1995, Slick Rick and Fresh reunited for a track on an album titled Play, which found Fresh back on his feet.
The album received positive reviews; Bret Love wrote:
A welcome flashback to the days when guns, drugs, sex, and violence were not the genre’s primary lyrical focus.
Off the Play album also was a track title “Freak It Out” which featured Uncle Luke produced by platinum producer Frankie Cutlass and was also on the Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood soundtrack, and was certified a Gold Album by RIAA.
On May 23, 2007, Fresh performed variations upon “The Show” with finalist Blake Lewis on the season-six finale of American Idol, the first ever hip-hop performance on the show.
2010 saw Fresh make a small comeback in popular culture as rap group Cali Swag District brought back some of his trademark dance moves with their song “Teach Me How to Dougie“.
Members of Cali Swag District saw Texas college students doing a local dance created in Dallas called the D-Town Boogie.
They recognized it as a modified version of Fresh’s dance moves and decided to create a song that would feature the dance, but also give Fresh his due credit.
On June 27, 2010, Fresh came out and performed with Cali Swag District while they were performing their song Teach Me How to Dougie at the BET Awards Pre-show.
On Nov. 8, 2010 Doug E. Fresh appeared at the Soul Train Awards where he taught CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer how to Dougie on stage as part of the show.
On Dec. 10, 2010 Fresh appeared on ESPN First Take to speak about the phenomenon of the Dougie as a sports celebration.
As part of the show he, Lomas Brown, and Skip Bayless voted on the best sports related Dougie’s.
The Dougie performed by Bayless himself on ESPN First Take was voted by Fresh as the best, although he rated Wolf Blitzer’s Dougie at the Soul Train Awards the best but it had no sports association.
On July 9, 2012 Fresh served as a celebrity judge on the Apollo Live TV show.
He has performed for large audiences of its adherents at the Scientology Celebrity Center’s Anniversary Gala in 2004.
He also performed two tracks on the Scientology music album The Joy of Creating (other artists appearing include Isaac Hayes, Chick Corea, Edgar Winter, and Carl Anderson).
Fresh is the spokesperson for the Hip Hop Public Health Education Center at Harlem Hospital Center, in New York City.
Fresh opened a restaurant in New York City called Doug E.’s Chicken and Waffles.
He also has stated he has a club called Fresh.
He also performed at the Paradise Theater on August 12, 2010.
The concert was titled The Show, brought to you by David L David (Spinback Entertainment).
On October 28, 2011 Fresh performed at the Paradise Theater for a concert to benefit New York City’s public hospitals; the show was part of “STAT! for NYC’s Public Hospitals” to raise funds to reduce gun violence in New York City.
STAT! was produced by The Fund for HHC, the philanthropic arm of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation – the agency that runs the public hospital system in the City.
Doug, who is the father of five, manages his sons Trip’s and Slims’ hip hop group Square Off.
Doug E.’s brother-in-law Gleamz is also a member of the same group.
Rodney Cee (Rodney Stone)
KK Rockwell (Kevin Smith)
KK Rockwell was an original member and Rodney Cee joined after another member left.
These two never recorded any studio tracks but are featured several times in the film Wild Style.
Both appear at the amphitheater show.
Rodney Cee battles Busy Bee near the beginning of the movie.
KK Rockwell also lends a hand to some of the DJ tracks.
They released a 12 inch single on Capitol records as well as a handful of tracks for Enjoy none of which captured the energy they had in Wild Style or with the Funky 4+1.
They later recorded under the name of “The Deuce” and had a minor hit using same lyrics from the stoop scene in Wild Style.
In the early 2000′s one of their more famous routines was used by the group Black Star.
The majority of “Stoop Rap” from Wild Style was sampled by Fat Boy Slim aka Norman Cook for his Beats International project on their record “Dub Be Good To Me” (Go beat 1990) which was a cover of the S.O.S. Band’s “Just Be Good To Me” .
It was a massive hit in Europe.
- DJ Divine
- DJ Kendu
- Reverend Will
- Def Jeff
- Freaky T
- MC Magic
- MC Bedrock
- Michael Goody
Based in Jamaica queens this group worked much of 1977 through 1985.
They toured with and provided sound systems for Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force, Super Rhymes, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Kurtis Blow, Love Bug Starski, Hollywood, Eddie Cheeba.
They are most famous for their sound system that carried 28 Cerwin Vega b-36′s, as well as Bertha’s, Altec voice of the theater mid’s and the original Cerwin Vega turntables.
Battles have included: The Disco Twins, Cipher Sounds, Phase3, The Sound experience, Spectrum City (with Chuck D and Hank Shock Lee) and the Devastating Sight & Sound.
DJ Divine’s vinyl appearances are few but he was Spyder D’s DJ on his early Profile outings before Spyder teamed up with DJ Doc (Ivan Doc Rodriguez of BDP fame).
DJ Divine is on “Placin’ The Beat” and “Buck Wheat’s Beat”.
DJ Divine’s solo record “Get Into the Mix” was released on West End Records in 1983 and featured an uncredited Spyder D on vocals.
Based in Harlem, the group formed around Ronnie D, DJ Al Bee, Greg G, Mr. Troy, Country, Kool Gee, and DJ Al Bee.
DJ Al Bee
Harlem based group used to jam in combination with Bee Fats, Donald Dee,and JR.
DJ Al Bee was the DJ. MC’s were Ronnie D, Greg G, Mr Troy, Country and Kool Gee.
They recorded for Enjoy Records initially.
One of the MC’s was the son of Bobby Robinson.
They also recorded for Profile and RoofTop.
Nepotism had nothing to do with their classic debut, 1980’s “Move With the Groove” .
A smooth, quick-paced party track, it was followed by “Do It, Do It” in 1981 and “Country Rock and Rap” in 1982.
That same year, they also appeared on Profile (then in its infancy) with another club track, “We’re at the Party“.
They had a style that was more suited for rocking parties then winning MC battles.
They were guests on the Pumpkin and the profile all-stars record “Here Comes That Beat”.
Also released the 1986 single on Danya Records “Get Busy”/”Stomp”.
They also submitted a record for the Profile Christmas compilation in 1987.
Greg G went on to become President of Entertainers Basketball Tournament that runs the Harlem Rucker Tournament that hosts the teams of the most current emcees and producers from today’s hip hop scene.
Greg is largely responsible for cable networks worldwide carrying Streetball tournaments.
Dimples D. was selected as the vocalist for a track by hip hop producer Marley Marl entitled “Sucker DJ’s (I Will Survive)“, released on Party Time Records in 1983.
“Sucker DJ’s” was written by Crystal Smith / Williams / Kaye / Montenegro.
The song – an answer song to Run-D.M.C.’s “Sucker M.C.s (Krush-Groove 1)” – did not sell in quantity upon its first release, but Ben Liebrand reworked the song in 1990, including a sample of the theme song from the American sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie.
Upon re-release, the song went to #1 in Australia, #17 in the UK Singles Chart,and charted in many countries in Europe.
The real importance of the track, other than its obvious dance qualities, is that is not only a dis on sucker deejays, but Dimples also talks up her producer Marley Marl.
This is one of the tracks that help Marley put his name on the map.
The song was heavily sampled on Marley’s later cuts “The Marley Marl Scratch”, “He Cuts So Fresh” and “The Man Marley Marl”.
“Sucker DJ’s” was remixed and re-released as a pop record in 1990 across Europe using the “I Dream Of Genie” theme tune that is also sampled on “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Price.