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Kool Moe Dee

A member of one of the original hip-hop crews, Treacherous Three, Kool Moe Dee later became a solo star in his own right in 1986 by teaming with a teenaged Teddy Riley (later famed as the king of new jack swing) on the crossover hit "Go See the Doctor." The single earned him a contract with Jive Records, for which he recorded three successful late-'80s albums, dominated by his skillful speed-raps. A long-running feud with LL Cool J -- who stole his aggressive stance and rapping style, he claims -- gained Kool Moe Dee headlines for awhile, but he began to fade by the early '90s.

Born Mohandas Dewese in 1963, Dee was an early hit at local block parties, performing with high-school buddies L.A. Sunshine and Special K plus DJ Easy Lee as Treacherous Three. Introduced to longtime producer Bobby Robinson (Gladys Knight, the Orioles) by Spoonie Gee, Treacherous Three debuted on wax in 1980 with "The New Rap Language," released on Robinson's Enjoy Records. "Body Rock" and "Feel the Heartbeat" followed during 1980-1981 before Robinson sold the group's contract to Sugar Hill Records. Treacherous Three recorded several singles for Sugar Hill, but broke up by the mid-'80s.

Instead of climbing aboard the solo wagon after the breakup, Kool Moe Dee enrolled in college. After earning a communications degree from SUNY, he enlisted an unknown producer for his solo debut, "Go See the Doctor." The 17-year-old Teddy Riley more than vindicated himself, though, and the single became an underground hit. By 1986, Kool Moe Dee was signed to Jive Records, and his self-titled debut album appeared that same year.

With 1987's How Ya Like Me Now, Dee struck back at the brash young generation who had forsaken their forebears; the cover featured a red Kangol hat -- the prominent trademark of LL Cool J -- being crushed by the wheel of a Jeep. The album went platinum and was followed two years later by the gold-certified Knowledge Is King, for which Dee became the first rapper to perform at the Grammy Awards ceremonies. Also in 1989, Dee worked on two important projects: the single "Self-Destruction," recorded in conjunction with KRS-One's Stop the Violence Movement; and Quincy Jones' all-star Back on the Block LP, which united hip-hop stars with their musical forebears.

Kool Moe Dee's fourth album, Funke Funke Wisdom was a bit of a disappointment when compared to his earlier successes, and Jive/RCA dropped him after releasing his Greatest Hits package in 1993. Hardly washed up, though, Dee recorded a Treacherous 3 reunion album in 1993 and signed to DJ Easy Lee's label for the 1994 album Interlude. The title wasn't quite prophetic, however, it being his last album. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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This s**t babay my sister like this ready n peace my sister
My first rap cassette I ever copped- 4th grade me and my boys bumpin "I'm a ho" on a slim Azz bootleg boom box on the block-
I go to work, like a boxer, trained to mame, lame, and out fox ya!! He is the MASTER
Classic Hip Hop at it's finest.
WOOOOOOOOOOO ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! we had Kool Moe Son ............ . . . . . They got waka flocka...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . man are these kids getting jerk or what.
nervuspervis
One of the best of all time!
My first video I recorded off Yo MTV Raps back in the day......
he's kool moe dee
This is going to be the best work day ever now that I've heard the Wild Wild West - "reach down, with our hands and body slam you at the wild wild west". I love when he calls out all of his friends names - CLASSIC!

Don't compare him and LL, they are both freakin' awesome - all day, everyday.
Wait-a-F____ i n g Minute Here!,The Truth is Way-Over Due, LL Could'nt Touch Sir Moe Dee if he was Standing Right next too the Man. Even this Biography of Moe Right here, as much as I Appreciate the Acknowledgem e n t of this Man, It Still Lacks The Truth about this Pioneer, and the END Justice. of Radio Stations All Over America, too Keep Him Quiet.How can You Win A Fight If You only Promote One Man on the Radio, The People didn't Decide the Media did,the Media Targeted our Youth,when it was one of o
They are missing an album in his discography. . . . where is funky funky wizdom
Listen to Moe Dee's lyrics. That dude was lyrical in his era....
Moe Dee was one of the best back in the day. He was better than LL, but the best doesn't always win.
Kool Moe dee was great in the 80s so stop hattin
Kool Moe Dee was great in the 80s but i gatta give up to LL Cool J but thats my opinion.
telund
He looks like a poor wesley snipes with thoese glASS on!!!!!!
search harder my friends- good rap will never die
great rapper 1 of my favs but we had millions of great rappers,dont really like all the rap now, but love how it is a part of everyday life.and the brothers took the business side so serious and are makin all the money, lovin that tho
freshon says best rapper of the 80's period!!! are you serious, have you heard of a guy name "Rakim" who nominated his dj Eric B for president, com' on man.
Rap and Hip-Hop was way better back then. For the most part the genre has turned to garbage music today. It takes a lot more wit and intelligence to rhyme for three minutes without using any profanities. The music was about good times and living life in a positive way. And if it was deeper it had a political or life messaage. And the battles and slams on rival rappers back then was awesome. Like Kool Moe Dee and LL battling from record to record. You would wait for the next record to come out to
llee61
I miss those days too.
traciwicklif f e
WHY DID HIP HOP HAVE TO CHANGE....OH HOW I MISS THOSE DAYS
gibsonm83
the best rapper of the 80's period!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
THIS IS GREAT ELECTRO RAP!!!!! RED HOT KOOL MOE DEE !!!! THEN AND NOW !!!! YOU SEE THIS MUSIC IS NOW <2008> GOOD FOR A COMMERCIAL BREAK BECAUSE THE FORCES THAT BE NOW UNDERSTAND IT!!!!!BACK THEN IT WAS TOO STRONG, TOO BLACK , TOO BOLD ..... LIKE MY COFFEE .... FRESH IS THE WORD MANTRONIX IS THE GROOVE ....
this was conscience and not so violent rap back then. those were the day, ya'll must be yungins.
I can understand how you felt shinetime99. He did come out looking a little different. His skills brought him through. He was silent and reserved, until he put that mic in his hand. That's why he's KOOL MOE DEE. Just a great rapper period.
Kool Moe Dee, I appreciate your music more today then back in the day. I thought you were what was then called WHACK!

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