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Fab 5 Freddy

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Among rap’s most colorful and recognizable people, at various factors in his lifestyle Fab Five Freddy is a nationally exhibited painter, an professional, a screenwriter, a rapper, a graffiti musician, a manufacturer, and a bunch for MTV, each undertaking carrying Freddy’s brand zeal and charisma. We were young within the Bedford-Stuyvesant portion of NY, Freddy first inserted the underground lifestyle as a favorite graffiti artist. Utilizing the tags “Bull 99” and “Fred Fab 5,” Freddy’s function became a fixture on subway vehicles and walls through the entire town. Graduating from senior high school in the past due ’70s, the youthful artist analyzed painting at Medgar Evans University where he emulated the pop artwork of Andy Warhol. After fostering a companionship with music columnist Glenn O’Brien, Freddy became a cameraman and regular visitor on his public-access display. It had been through this companionship that Fab Five was launched to the downtown hipster picture including Debbie Harry of the group Blondie, Warhol, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat (Harry actually mentioned Freddy within the lyrics of Blondie’s 1981 strike “Rapture”). Though he pursued painting through the entire early ’80s, Freddy steadily became interested in additional aspects of dark tradition including breakdancing and hip-hop. This curiosity resulted in his production from the soundtrack recording and a business lead role within the 1982 film Crazy Style. Through the past due ’80s Freddy started directing video clips for rappers such as for example KRS-One, Shabba Rates, Queen Latifah, EPMD, among others. At around once Fab Five was also contacted by MTV maker Ted Demme to sponsor a new display, Yo! MTV Raps. Through his publicity on MTV, Freddy was broadly known as a champ and founding dad of hip-hop tradition. In 1992, the media star put together a dictionary of hip-hop slang entitled Fresh Fly Taste.

Quick Facts


Full Name Fab 5 Freddy
Date Of Birth August 31, 1959
Profession Actor, Film producer, Rapper, Visual Artist
Nationality American
Music Songs Change the Beat, Down By Law, Une Sale Histoire, Cuckoo Clocking, Change Le Beat, Yuletown Throw Down, Subway Beat, B-Boy Beat, Busy Bee's, Une Sale Histoire, Part 2, Yawning Beat, Crime Cut, Jungle Beat, Gangbusters, Military Cut, Razor Cut, Meetings, The Balance, Intro
Movies American Gangster, The Freshest Kids: A History of the B-Boy, Downtown 81, Murder Was the Case, Wild Style
TV Shows Yo! MTV Raps


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#Fact
1 Is mentioned in the 1980 Blondie song "Rapture" and appears in the video of the song, which synthesizes disco with the then-emerging rap music and hip-hop. A pioneer of rap, Fab 5 Freddie met Deborah Harry and other members of Blondie at a club and they became friends. When Freddy suggested that Harry write a song about the rap scene, she did. The result is the rap that is the second half of "Rapture," which begins "Fab Five Freddie told me everybody's fly." The song's title is a pun on rap music. Also mentioned in the song "Have You Seen Her" by M.C. Hammer.
2 Was the first choice for the character of Russel Walker in Krush Groove (1985) .


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blue Bloods 2016 TV Series Atticus
Barry 2016/II Rameek
Rachel Getting Married 2008 Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Fab Five Freddy)
American Gangster 2007 Smalls Patron
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2007 TV Series Terrence 'Fulla T' Smith
The Manchurian Candidate 2004 Political Pundit
New Jack City 1991 Master of Ceremonies
She's Gotta Have It 1986 Dog 10 (as Fab Five Freddy Braithwaite)
Downtown 81 1981 Graffiti Artist

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
6th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 TV Movie co-executive producer
5th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2008 TV Movie co-executive producer
4th Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2007 TV Movie co-executive producer
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2006 TV Movie co-executive producer
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2005 TV Movie consulting producer
Hip-Hop Honors 2004 TV Special consulting producer
New Jack City 1991 associate producer
Wild Style 1983 Documentary associate producer - as Fred Braithwaite

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nas: Video Anthology Vol. 1 2004 Video video "One Love"
Murder Was the Case: The Movie 1995 Video short video "What's My Name?"

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wild Style 1983 Documentary performer: "Down By Law" / writer: "South Bronx Subway Rap", "Military Cut Scratch Mix", "M.C. Battle", "Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie", "Subway Theme", "Cold Crush Bros. At the Dixie", "Cuckoo Clocking", "Double Trouble at the Amphitheatre", "The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, D.J. A.J. At the Amphitheatre", "Gangbusters Scratch Mix", "Rammellzee and Shock Dell at the Amphitheatre", "Down By Law"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wild Style 1983 Documentary original concept - as Fred Braithwaite

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wild Style 1983 Documentary

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wild Style 1983 Documentary musical director - as Fred Braithwaite

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Gangster 2007 production consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wild Style 1983 Documentary special thanks - as Fab Five Freddy
Downtown 81 1981 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled Story of MTV Documentary 2017 Documentary filming Himself
Luke Cage 2016 TV Series Himself
Hip-Hop Evolution 2016 Documentary Himself
Hustlers Convention 2015 Documentary Himself
Retro 30 2015 TV Series Himself
The Tanning of America 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon 2013 Documentary Himself (as Fab Five Freddy)
Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer 2013 Documentary Himself
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - Hip Hop Pioneer (as Fab Five Freddy)
40 Greatest Yo! MTV Raps Moments 2012 TV Movie Himself - Host
Gray: Live at the New Museum 2011 Documentary
Outside In: The Story of Art in the Streets 2011 Documentary short Himself - Artist
Art in the Streets 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Blank City 2010 Documentary
VH1 Rock Docs 2010 TV Series Himself
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child 2010 Documentary Himself
Downtown Calling 2009 Documentary Himself
Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB 2009 Documentary Himself
The Universe of Keith Haring 2008 Documentary Himself (as Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy)
Malcolm's Echo: The Legacy of Malcolm X 2008/I Documentary Himself
The Heart of Hip Hop with Fab 5 Freddy 2007 TV Series Himself
4th Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2007 TV Movie Himself - Honoree
Ali Rap 2006 TV Movie Himself
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2006 TV Movie Himself
VH1 Goes Inside 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2005 TV Movie Himself
New Jack City: A Hip Hop Classic 2005 Video documentary short Himself
TV Party 2005 Video documentary
Blondie: Video Hits 2005 Video short Himself (segment "Rapture")
Hip-Hop Honors 2004 TV Special Himself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Blondie: Greatest Video Hits 2002 Video Himself (segment "Rapture")
The Freshest Kids 2002 Video documentary
A Tribe Called Quest: The Video Anthology 2002 Video Himself (segment "Scenario")
MTV 20: Live & Almost Legal 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
BET's Top 25 Countdown 1999 TV Series Himself (2007)
MTV Video Music Awards 1994 1994 TV Special Himself
Freaks, Nerds & Weirdos 1994 TV Movie Himself
Who's the Man? 1993 Himself
Juice 1992 Himself (as Fab 5 Freddie)
MTV Video Music Awards 1990 1990 TV Special Himself
The 1989 Annual MTV Video Music Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
Yo! MTV Raps 1988 TV Series Host (weekend edition) (1988-1995)
Wild Style 1983 Documentary 'Phade' (as Frederick Braithwaite)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nas: Time Is Illmatic 2014 Documentary Himself
Class of '80 Debbie Harry 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tupac: Resurrection 2003 Documentary Himself

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