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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Photo courtesy of Joe Conzo.
All this talk of records about Moe Dee would not be complete without a look at some of his finest recorded moments. His influence on the science of rap can’t be done justice in a short post, but suffice to say that Kool Moe Dee, LA Sunshine and Special K laid the groundwork for guys like Kool Keith, Ras Kass, Organized Konfusion etc. in terms of their unorthodox timing, superior vocabulary and advanced concepts and themes that no one was touching on during their era. Check out Special K’s verse on “Gotta Rock” for proof, or Moe Dee’s declaration in the same track that he uses “a lotta cliches”.
“Turn It Up” is a slice of raw minimalism which is also the first and only track from the ’80s to include the word “adroit”, while the T3 debut from back when Spoonie Gee was still down remains as a supreme demonstration off rapid-fire delivery. If that doesn’t move you, a quick listen to Moe Dee obliterating Busy Bee live on stage should erase any reservations as to his legendary status, as this recording of one of hip-hop’s greatest ethering’s is only highlighted by Starski’s pleas for him to “Shut up!”.
Kool Moe Dee – “Busy Bee Diss” [Live, 1981]
Kool Moe Dee – “Turn It Up”
Treacherous Three – “Gotta Rock”
Spoonie Gee, LA Sunshine & Kool Moe Dee – “Live at P.A.L., 1981”
Spoonie Gee & The Treacherous Three – “The New Rap Language”
Treacherous Three – “Live at Hempstead, L.I.”
Looking back at the Kool Moe Dee Vs. Busy Bee Battle:
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