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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
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Stations Featuring
Kool Moe Dee

    '80s Hip-Hop

    '80s Hip-Hop
    7 songs

    '80s Urban Music

    '80s Urban Music
    7 songs

Albums by
Kool Moe Dee

Top Songs by
Kool Moe Dee

  1.   Song
  2.   How Ya Like Me Now
  3.   I Go to Work
  4.   Do You Know What Time It Is?
  5.   Wild Wild West
  6.   Go See the Doctor
  7.   50 Ways
  8.   Knowledge Is King
  9.   Death Blow
  10.   How You Like Me Now
  11.   Funke Wisdom
  12.   Times Up
  13.   I'm a Player
  14.   Get Paid
  15.   Bad Mutha
  16.   Kool Moe Dee Medley: Body Rock/Yes We Can/Feel the Heartbeat/Go ...
  17.   I Go to Work by Bad Boy Bill
  18.   Whosgotdaflava
  19.   To the Beat Y'all
  20.   They Want Money
  21.   Suckers
  22.   Rock Steady
  23.   Rise 'N' Shine
  24.   No Respect
  25.   Look at Me Now
  26.   Let's Go
  27.   Intro
  28.   I'm Kool Moe Dee
  29.   I'm Hittin' Hard
  30.   I'm Blowin' Up
  31.   How Kool Can One Blackman Be
  32.   God Made Me Funke
  33.   Gimme My Props
  34.   Get the Picture
  35.   Dumb Dick (Richard)
  36.   Don't Dance
  37.   Can U Feel It
  38.   The Best
  39.   The Avenue
  40.   Stupid
  41.   Poetic Justice
  42.   Monster Crack
  43.   Mo' Better
  44.   Little Jon
  45.   Let's Get Serious
  46.   I Like It Nasty
  47.   Here We Go Again
  48.   Gangster Boogie
  49.   Pump Your Fist
  50.   Rock You
  51.   Bad, Bad, Bad
  52.   Medley: Body Rock / Yes We Can / Feel the Heartbeat / Go See the Doctor / Wild Wild West / I Go to Work / They Want Money / How Ya Like Me Now
  53.   All Night Long
  54.   The Don
  55.   Way Way Back
  56.   Surviving Christmas

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