It’s only right that RealHipHopHead be applauded for taking rap blog commenting to the next level by taking the time to mention every single person who commented on the Kool Moe Dee Vs. LL Cool J post from early 2008…last week. (more…)
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] (more…)
Rounding of the look at songs going at Kool Moe Dee is impossible without the contributions of LL Cool J. For anyone not familiar with this epic war of words, Moe took shots at LL for what he saw as biting his style. Not only did he attack LL verbally, but his album cover spelled it out for everyone who crammed to understand. The result was some of the finest dis records ever made. Although the put-downs were not confined to just the songs that follow, these are the main tracks in the conflict.
I forgot how good this song is until Marc Davis reminded me on the last post. Keith goes beyond mere taunts and shits on Moe Dee’s entire legacy on this one, while using a Kool Moe vocal sample on the hook! Now that’s classic Ultra.
The answer-record craze was still going strong in 1987, as no-name hopefuls jumped on whatever bandwagon them passed by in an attempt to make a little noise in the ever-crowded rap world. The crabs in a barrel, if you will. Kool Moe Dee‘s “How Ya Like Me Now” was a big record, so it’s no surprise that some rocks were thrown soon afterwards.
The motivations varied from blatant jocking of Moe’s rival LL (“Moe Dee Get Mad”), hilarious answer songs (“Fuck Me Now”) to genuine grudges (“Try To Bite Me Now”). Spyder D at least has a case – he released a single called “How Ya Like Me Now” shortly before the shiny Teddy Riley version, and also mentions that Treach 3 used his “Smerphie’s Dance” beat years earlier. Both he and the Incredible Two also seem to have taken offense to the “Rap Report Card” that was on the back of KMD‘s LP, but they’re likely just mad that they weren’t graded). Willie D flips the whole shit in classic H-Town style, turning the song into a classic sex joint which is easily the best of the bunch in my book. (more…)
What exactly was it about “How Ya Like Me Now” that inspired so many diss and answer records aimed at Kool Moe Dee? Was it his squeeky clean New Jack swing beats, his trademark shades or just his super-arrogant attitude (even for ’87)? Unkut Dot Com will be taking a look at some of the numerous anti-Moe Dee songs that emerged in it’s wake.
Awesome Dre was a Detroit hardrock who wasn’t feeling what “Kool Moe She” had to offer, insisting that he “take off the glasses, the sun is not glaring/You look like a welder – nah, Darth Vader!”
Awesome Dre & The Hardcore Committee - “I Don’t Like You (Kool Moe She)”