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MUSI 2520
Ron Nelson

Lecture 5:  Doug E. Fresh  Born in Barbados  Only relevant today for a few reasons o Had couple of very significant hits in the 80’s o Very special in the world of hip hop: first original human beatboxer  Pioneer of beatboxing o Doug E Fresh & the get fresh crew; chill will, berry b, slick rick (ricky d: only other rapper in the crew)  Unique because they were the only crew who performed live using two DJs (chill will & berry b) (extremely talented)  In 1984 was when most hip hop fans got to officially see him; movie called Beat Street o Played himself  Dropped first significant track on Enjoy records in 1984 o Song on Vintertainment records (experimental rap label); one of the most unique records a DJ could buy: 10 minutes of human beatboxing “The original human beatboxing”  By 1985, he was one of the biggest names in all of rap music  “The Show” – The Get Fresh Crew : originally produced by Teddy Reilly  Slick Rick’s music was symbolic in the change of the style of rap music o Introduction of mass cursing in songs o Album came out in 1987 & it was called Oh My God o Album two released in 1988 & it was called The World’s Greatest Entertainer  In 1988 slick rick left Doug E Fresh and released his own LP: The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1989) o Put out his own rap album & did better than Doug E Fresh (certified platinum) o Doug E Fresh took a break from rapping; wasn’t able to regain momentum; put out an album called “Do What You Got To Do” which didn’t do well; re-united with slick rick once more but wasn’t significant  Slick rick was one of the first pimps seen in rap; very intimidating person o When he was an infant; Ricky Walters (Slick Rick) got injured by broken glass & he took to wearing an eye patch from an early age  Met Doug E Fresh during a battle in the Bronx  Born to Jamaican parents in London England, January 1965  Got a great contract; Russell Simmons; Def Jam records  Song called: “treat her like a prostitute”  After his successful album, he couldn’t go on tour because he was arrested for shooting at his cousin; upset because cousin was harassing his mom; ended up shooting up the wrong person in the ass; but the person did not press charges  Bailed out of jail by Russell Simmons  Recorded 21 songs hastily; became the next album called “ the ruler is back” o Failed to be successful o Put out a record on that album called “I shouldn’t have done it” o Released from prison 2 years later o Song called “Behind Bars” -1994 o Slick Rick was performing live on a florida cruiseship; deported back to England  Confessed a murder in his song Beastie Boys  Unique: All three of them are white, All three of them are jewish, They all played instruments  They were so impressed with rap that they put down their instruments  Mike dia
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