It was this combination that enabled him to produce his own music and get a deal with Tommy Boy Records.
Fresh Gordon’s first vinyl appearance was on “Brooklyn Style” by The Choice MC’s on Rocky Records early in 1985.
His first single was The Fresh Commandments b/w My Fila.
The Fresh Commandments is an electro based track and is similar in style to some of Whodini’s early material as well as being exactly what you’d expect from a Tommy Boy artist from this era.
My Fila on the b-side is a response track to Run DMC’s My Adidas and is recorded in a similar style to that adopted by Run DMC (note that Run DMC clearly made a much better choice when they associated themselves with a high street brand).
The track also features Prince Markie Dee from the Fat Boys, who would continue to be a future collaborator behind the scenes, but more on him and the Whodini connection later.
His modern day parables are entertaining and enlightening, and they give the listener a clear reminder of what the average rapper was concerned about during that period.
It’s also kind of funny to see that some things haven’t changed too much either.
I can still go out and buy a brand new pair of Gazelle’s and I often hear people complain that their eBay purchase was a fake.
Now, despite being signed to Tommy Boy and producing a promising debut single, Fresh Gordon’s career as a recording artist was relatively short lived.
This was mainly because his primary role was in production.
In 1985 (the year before the Fresh Commandments) he had featured on, and produced, the Choice M.C.’s single Beat of the Street b/w Gordy’s Groove.
Again, this was released on Tommy Boy Records.
He followed up the Fresh Commandments with another single the following year (1987) called Feelin’ James b/w I Believe in Music which was well received, but then that was pretty much it from a solo point of view.
He worked on the production side with a number of artists including the Choice M.C.’s, Master D, Kid Panic, DJ Watkins & Tony T, but more famously he also produced some of Dana Dane’s – Dana Dane 4 Ever LP (1990) and Whodini’s Bag-a-Trix LP (1991).
Coming back to my earlier comment about his collaborations with Prince Markie Dee aka Mark Morales from the Fat Boys, Mark Morales is credited as a ‘production assistant’ on The Fresh Commandments as well as making an appearance.
Fresh Gordon was also involved in producing a number of Fat Boys records in the late 1980’s, but in the early 1990’s when Prince Markie Dee left the Fat Boys to pursue his solo interests, they teamed up again to produced some of Father MC’s debut album Father’s Day which produced four hit singles and saw them working with the likes of Sean Combs, Howie T, L.A. Reid and Andre Harrell.
Gordon also shouts out Jalil of Whodini on the back of this 12″ and says “X-Rated funky thankx to Jalil of Whodini for the concept of The Fresh Commandments.
So Whodini were clearly friends as well as a significant influence on Gordon.
He also shouts out Run DMC and clarifies that My Fila was not meant to disrespect their hit single.
He acknowledges that without them doing My Adidas, he could never have done My Fila.
He recorded a few singles in the mid 80′s including “Feelin’ James” and “Gordy’s Groove” (originally a b-side on a Choice MC’s track called “Beat of the Street) which was a decent song that references The Andy Griffith Show as part of its hook.
On the b-side was “I Believe In Music” which features the MC The Jaz who is still known today.
He produced Shelton D’s 12″ “Shelton D is Outstanding/We Can Do This” on Zakia 1988.
DJ Clark Kent was the DJ on this track.
Gordy never aspired to be a rapper.
“Gordy’s Groove” was was a last minute record that he and JP Edmund wrote recorded and mixed in about 12 hours to make the deadline for a B-Side.
Many of the Brooklyn rappers knew Gordy as we had one of the original pre production joints going.
Gordy was also responsible for Salt N Pepa’s biggest hit “Push It” which was recorded at Gordy’s studio (which he was credited for) but did not receive production credits.
His last known activity was some production duty on Father MC’s first album Father’s Day in 1990 on Uptown records alongside Puff Daddy.
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