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Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick

The first human beatbox in the rap world, and still the best of all time, Doug E. Fresh amazed audiences with his note-perfect imitations of drum machines, effects, and often large samples of hip-hop classics. Fresh was born Doug E. Davis in Barbados, and his first appearance came in 1983 on a single for Spotlight called "Pass the Budda," with Spoonie Gee and DJ Spivey. His introduction to most hip-hop fans, though, came one year later with his astonishing performance in Beat Street behind the Treacherous Three. His first solo features also came in 1984, with "Just Having Fun," waxed for Enjoy, and "Original Human Beatbox" for Vinentertainment.

By 1985, Fresh was one of the biggest names in rap music, and his first single for Reality, "The Show/La Di Da Di," became a hip-hop classic. It was recorded with his Get Fresh Crew, including MC Ricky D (only later to gain fame as Slick Rick), along with Barry Bee and Chill Will. His first LP, 1987's Oh, My God!, featured most of his showpieces, like "Play This Only at Night" and "All the Way to Heaven," along with nods to reggae and even gospel. His second album, 1988's The World's Greatest Entertainer, broke into the Billboard charts thanks to another hot single, "Keep Risin' to the Top," but Slick Rick had already broken from the pack and his LP of the same year, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, did much better than Doug E. Fresh. Fresh took a break and wasn't able to regain momentum with 1992's Doin' What I Gotta Do, released through MC Hammer's Bust It label. He did reunite on a Slick Rick LP, and recorded again in 1995 for Gee Street. ~ John Bush
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Slick Rick - hey young WORLD! Telling a great story and message. Rick don't stop...
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Slick Rick was and still is that Guy!!!! His stories put Rap in a lot of ears . Thanks Rick for being so slick ..... Real hip hop& rap.
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The first human on earth / first human be-box- "POP"! The class of 85- the best - Doug E. Fresh fresh you are on!
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Great vibes right now
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U gtta do th dance w hand around ur neck... Ahh Yea.... It go 2 gether...
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Dougefres
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This is the way it go's
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Love!!!
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nicko252008
SWEEEET!
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Doug .E is the bomb Hell yeah rock old skool rap forever
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HOLY S**T THIS IS MY SONG!!!!!
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abh3danny
Old Skool
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I loved this era in time. One love.
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Yes sir real hip hop lives on and on to the break of dawn lol.
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marty.8230
This is real rap music
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YOU ROCK
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rn_nurse4lif e
Doug E Fresh...What ! Still relevant.... r o c k it Doug E.
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6 minutes doug e frsh your one, classic!
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Love it got to jam
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Great artist
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addisonhayde n
One of the greats not thee great one. Sorry. But Slick, aaaaaah.
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Geniuses at work, love it
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Break dancing days
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best rap of all time
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Not one curse word...
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mrpop74
Listening to Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick! Was supposed to see some old school rap past weekend in Chi Town. ;~(
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mello1027
I wish i had this tape.

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