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Doug E. Fresh

Dubbed the "World's Greatest Entertainer" for his unrivaled ability to

rock a crowd, Harlem native Doug E. Fresh began his musical career at

age 13. The originator of the human beat box (vocally simulating the

sound of drums and other musical instruments), he spawned an

international hip-hop trend. Best known for the two-sided,

multi-platinum hits "The Show" and "La Di Da Di," his groundbreaking

successes and firsts, like being the first rapper to play Africa and

the Caribbean, heralded the global popularity of hip-hop.

 

As concerned with the welfare of others as he is with rockin' the mic,

Fresh has embraced hip-hop activism and used his voice to speak out

against a variety of social ills. Along the way, he has nurtured

rising talent, including the likes of MC Ricky D (AKA Slick Rick), P.

Diddy, Biz Markie and numerous newcomers during his stint as host (and

unofficial mentor) of It's Showtime at the Apollo.

 

Throughout his 20-year career, Fresh has collaborated with the world's

top artists. He's performed or recorded with fellow rap legends,

including Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Eminem, P. Diddy and Dr. Dre.

He's also worked with artists in reggae (Beenie Man, Sly & Robbie and

Poppa San), R&B (Prince, Roberta Flack, Chaka Kahn, and Stevie

Wonder), jazz (George Benson, Grover Washington and Bobbie McFerrin)

and gospel (Rev. Robert Lowe and Generations). Widely in demand around

the globe, Fresh has recorded with Rahzel and Japan's DJ Hasebe, a

Swedish hip-hop group called the South Street Rockers, Italy's Claudio

Risi and French rappers Supa Saian Crew.

 

Fresh has taken on the big screen, appearing in such films as Brown

Sugar, Paid in Full, Whiteboys and Let's Get Bizzee and writing songs

for others (Ghostbusters II, Get on the Bus, CB4, New Jack City and

The Sixth Man). He has performed on television, including on The Chris

Rock Show, New York Undercover and Britain's The Top of the Pops. Doug

E. has written music for McDonalds, Coors, Gatorade and Tangueray

commercials, and his hit "I-Ight" was selected as a theme song by the

NBA for MTV's NBA Slam & Jam Wrap-Up Show.

 

With the same ease as he takes the mic, Doug E. takes on social

responsibility. A tireless hip-hop activist, he has fought against

racism, drugs, illiteracy, police brutality and homelessness in

communities around the world. A vocal proponent of artists' rights,

he's a hands-on board member of The Artist Empowerment Coalition. He's

also used his skills and clout to call to task gangsta rap posturing

in his 1993 hit "I-Ight." "Hip-hop is supposed to uplift and create,

to educate people on a larger level and to make a change," said Fresh.

"Hip-hop artists need to grow to use it like that, not just to get

some paper."

 

Keeping up with the rap master is truly a challenge. He recently made

an appearance on American Idol performing along side runner up BLAKE.  Doug rocked the Grammy's performing with Jamie Fox T-Pain and Slash. He's recently been on ithe Moniquen show, along with being in a new CONVERSE commerical as well having recently taught Wolf Blitzer "how to Dougie."  A typical month

sees him in the studio putting down tracks for his upcoming albums

(one domestic, one international), working on a book on hip-hop and on

animation of his new children's book (Think Again!, Scholastics),

hosting events and rocking the house at concerts around the world -

all while finding time to support his favorite causes. "My career has

been a hell of a ride and there's so much more to come," Doug E. said

recently. "People can look to me as a teacher, but I consider myself a

student of hip-hop. I'm forever learning and that's why I'm always

able to create new styles and new dimensions of hip-hop."

 

 

My Artists Sessions

Saturday, September 29
 

9:00pm PDT