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Kool Moe Dee

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A member of 1 of the initial hip-hop crews, Treacherous Three, Kool Moe Dee later on became a single star in his very own correct in 1986 by teaming using a teenaged Teddy Riley (later on famed because the ruler of new jack port swing) over the crossover strike “Go Start to see the Doctor.” The one gained him a agreement with Jive Information, that he documented three successful past due-’80s albums, dominated by his skilled speed-raps. A long-running feud with LL Great J — who stole his intense position and rapping design, he promises — obtained Kool Moe Dee headlines for awhile, but he begun to fade by the first ’90s. Blessed Mohandas Dewese in 1963, Dee was an early on strike at local stop parties, executing with high-school buddies L.A. Sunlight and Particular K plus DJ Easy Lee as Treacherous Three. Introduced to longtime manufacturer Bobby Robinson (Gladys Knight, the Orioles) by Spoonie Gee, Treacherous Three debuted on polish in 1980 with “THE BRAND NEW Rap Vocabulary,” released on Robinson’s Enjoy Information. “Body Rock and roll” and “Have the Heartbeat” implemented during 1980-1981 before Robinson marketed the group’s agreement to Glucose Hill Information. Treacherous Three documented many singles for Glucose Hill, but split up by the middle-’80s. Rather than climbing aboard the single wagon following the break up, Kool Moe Dee signed up for college. After gaining a communications level from SUNY, he enlisted an unidentified manufacturer for his single debut, “Move Start to see the Doctor.” The 17-year-old Teddy Riley a lot more than vindicated himself, though, as well as the one became an underground strike. By 1986, Kool Moe Dee was agreed upon to Jive Information, and his self-titled debut record made an appearance that same calendar year. With 1987’s How Ya Like Me Today, Dee struck back again on the brash youthful generation who acquired forsaken their forebears; the cover highlighted a crimson Kangol head wear — the prominent brand of LL Great J — becoming crushed from the wheel of the Jeep. The recording proceeded to go platinum and was adopted two years later on from the gold-certified Understanding Is King, that Dee became the very first rapper to execute in the Grammy Honours ceremonies. Also in 1989, Dee done two important tasks: the solitary “Self-Destruction,” documented together with KRS-One’s Prevent the Assault Movement; and Quincy Jones’ all-star Back again on the market LP, which united hip-hop celebrities making use of their musical forebears. Kool Moe Dee’s 4th recording, Funke Funke Knowledge was a tiny disappointment in comparison with his previous successes, and Jive/RCA fallen him after liberating his Greatest Hits bundle in 1993. Barely cleaned up, though, Dee documented a Treacherous 3 reunion recording in 1993 and authorized to DJ Easy Lee’s label for the 1994 recording Interlude. The name wasn’t quite prophetic, nevertheless, it becoming his last recording.

Quick Facts


Full Name Kool Moe Dee
Profession Actor, Rapper
Nationality American
Siblings Gamel Dewese
Awards Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
Music Songs Wild Wild West, I Go to Work, Go See the Doctor, They Want Money, Do You Know What Time It Is?, Death Blow, How Ya Like Me Now, Monster Crack, Funke Wisdom, No Respect, To The Beat Y'all, Pump Your Fist, God Made Me Funke, Dumb Dick, How Kool Can One Blackman Be, Little Jon, I'm Hittin' Hard, I'm Blowin' Up, Whosgotdaflava, Bad Mutha, Rock Steady, Get the Picture, Way Way Back, Gimme My Props, Let's Go, Rise 'N' Shine, 50 Ways, Bad Bad Bad, I'm a Player, Rock You, Time's Up, I Like It Nasty
Albums Kool Moe Dee, How Ya Like Me Now, Knowledge Is King, Funke, Funke Wisdom, Kool Moe Dee - Greatest Hits, Interlude, The Jive Collection, Vol. 2, Moe-D, Too
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Collaboration, MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography, MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film, Soul Train Music Award for Best Video of the Year, Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap Single
Movies Gang Related, Storm Trooper, Jackpot, Crossroads, The New Guy, Beef, There's a God on the Mic, Out Kold, Noon Blue Apples, War on Wax: Rivalries in Hip Hop


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#Fact
1 Brother of Gamel Dewese.
2 Author of the book "There's a God on the Mic", (which he also based his documentary of the same name). It lists, in his opinion, the fifty greatest hip-hop artists of all time, the top three being Tupac Shakur, Rakim, and Grandmaster Melle Mel.
3 Participated in the first "battle rap" of all time in 1982 at The Harlem World in Manhattan, when he and fellow Treacherous Three member L.A. Sunshine went on stage after rapper Busy Bee had finished, and verbally attacked Busy Bee.
4 Had a long "battle rap" feud with LL Cool J. Some of the songs where his "dissed" him were "How Ya Like Me Now" and "Let's Go" (which is featured on the Nightmare on Elm Street 5 and Boyz 'N Tha Hood soundtracks).
5 Self-titled first album was released in 1986.
6 Influential old-school rapper.
7 Has not released an album since 1994's "Interlude".


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Iverson 2014 Documentary performer: "I Go to Work" / writer: "I Go to Work"
White Collar 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Scarface: The World Is Yours 2006 Video Game writer: "Body Rock"
2005 Radio Music Awards 2005 TV Special writer: "Drop It on Me"
Love & Basketball 2000 performer: "I Go To Work" / writer: "I Go To Work" - as Mohandas Dawese
In Dark Places 1997 "Dancing With The Devil", "Animal Instinct", "Twisted Sister", "Let's Get It On" / writer: "Dancing With The Devil", "Animal Instinct", "Twisted Sister", "Let's Get It On"
Different for Girls 1996 performer: "Gimme My Props" / writer: "Gimme My Props" - as Mohandas Dewese
Rumpelstiltskin 1995 performer: "Look At Me Now" / writer: "Look At Me Now" - as M. Deweese
Losing Isaiah 1995 performer: "Gimme My Props"
Ghost in the Machine 1993 performer: "To the Beat Y'all" / writer: "To the Beat Y'all" - as Moe Dewese
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Black to the Promised Land 1992 Documentary "Back on the Block"
Stay Tuned 1992 performer: "Bad Bad Bad"
Zebrahead 1992 performer: "Good Time" / writer: "Good Time" - as M. Dewese
Boyz n the Hood 1991 performer: "Let's Go" / producer: "Let's Go" / writer: "Let's Go"
Far Out Man 1990 performer: "Get The Picture" / writer: "Get The Picture" - as M. Dewese
Downtown 1990 performer: "I GO TO WORK" / writer: "I GO TO WORK"
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child 1989 performer: "LET'S GO"
Scrooged 1988 performer: "Get Up 'n' Dance" / producer: "Get Up 'n' Dance" - as M. Dewese / writer: "Get Up 'n' Dance" - as M. Dewese
Graffiti Rock 1984 TV Movie performer: "Graffiti Rock"
Beat Street 1984 writer: "Santa's Rap"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everybody Hates Chris 2006 TV Series Old School Teacher
The New Guy 2002 Ted
Crossroads 2002/I Bar Owner (as Kool Mo Dee)
Totally Spies! 2002 TV Series Reggie Willis
City Guys 2001 TV Series Leo
Out Kold 2001 Blackie
Nash Bridges 2001 TV Series Masta Blasta
Brother 2000/I Jack
Cypress Edge 2000 Agent Armstrong
Exposé 1998
Storm Trooper 1998 Video Driver
Gang Related 1997 Lionel Hudd
Panther 1995/I Jamal
Rhythm & Jam 1993 TV Mini-Series Host
Strapped 1993 TV Movie Chaz (as Mohandas Deweese)
Beat Street 1984 The Treacherous Three (as Kool Mo Dee)

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Real Blonde 1997 misc crew
Zebrahead 1992 misc crew
Far Out Man 1990 misc crew
Scrooged 1988 misc crew

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Behind the Rhyme 2016 TV Series executive producer pre-production
There's a God on the Mic 2005 Documentary producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
There's a God on the Mic 2005 Documentary

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
There's a God on the Mic 2005 Documentary

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rhythm & Jam 1993 TV Mini-Series

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Behind the Rhyme 2016 TV Series pre-production Himself - Host
Check the Rhyme 2016 Documentary Himself
Hip-Hop Evolution 2016 Documentary Himself
Bikini Body Conscious Living 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself - Musical Support
2015 MTV Video Music Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Performer
Unsung 2011-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Documentary Himself
Way Black When: Primetime 2011 TV Series Himself
Black to the Future 2009 TV Series Himself
Q: The Man 2009 Video documentary Himself
4th Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2007 TV Movie Himself
Letter to the President 2005 Video documentary Himself - Recording Artist
There's a God on the Mic 2005 Documentary Himself
The Art of 16 Bars: Get Ya' Bars Up 2005 Video documentary Himself
My Wife and Kids 2004 TV Series Himself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Beef II 2004 Video documentary Himself - Recording Artist
War on Wax: Rivalries in Hip-Hop 2004 Video Himself
Beef 2003 Documentary Himself - Hip Hop Artist
1999 MTV Movie Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
The Will Smith Music Video Collection 1999 Video documentary Himself (segment "Wild Wild West")
HBO First Look 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1988-1991 TV Series Himself
The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime 1991 TV Special documentary Himself
Kool Moe Dee: Funke, Funke Wisdom 1991 Video Himself
Soul Train 1988-1990 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest / Himself
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones 1990 Documentary Himself
Parker Lewis Can't Lose 1990 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1990 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1990 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Rapmania: The Roots of Rap 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1989 TV Series Himself
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Performer
Graffiti Rock 1984 TV Movie Himself
Wild Style 1983 Documentary Himself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme 2000 Documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures Wild Wild West (1999) · Will Smith
· Stevie Wonder
2000 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Original Song Wild Wild West (1999) · Stevie Wonder
· Will Smith

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Original Song A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)


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#Trademark
1 Usually wears sun glasses.
2 Fast rapping


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