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

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