Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Kool Moe Dee Is 50

Happy 50th birthday to Mohandas Dewese, better known as the great first-wave rap star Kool Moe Dee. Born in Manhattan, Moe Dee went to Norman Thomas High School and, in the late '70s, formed the Treacherous Three with Special K and L.A. Sunshine. In 1980, they joined their friend Spoonie G in recording the classic "The New Rap Language" for Enjoy Records. The next year, at the Harlem World Rappers Christmas Convention, Dee engaged rival MC Busy Bee Starski in a rhyme competition that's often cited as the original rap battle.

The Treacherous Three gave a memorable performance in Stan Lathan's 1984 movie Beat Street.

Later in the decade, Moe Dee famously battled an upstart from Queens named LL Cool J.

He looks good in a duster.

And should have been beaten out Timothy Dalton for the role of James Bond after Roger Moore quit.

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obile (#236,817)

Fun Fact; that's Vincent Gallo in the white Kangol dancing behind Kool Moe Dee in the first clip

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