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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

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

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