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Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Hip Hop Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple, White
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Amsterdam
Favorite Quote:
It is what it is.

Birthplace

Born:
8/8/1963
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Hip Hop Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple, White
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Amsterdam
Favorite Quote:
It is what it is.

Birthplace

Born:
8/8/1963
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Hip Hop Pioneer Kool Moe Dee was born Mohandas DeWese on August 8, 1963, in New York City. His early music career began at Norman Thomas High School in the late 1970s. Having grown up in Manhattan, DeWese was an early favorite at block parties in Harlem performing with high school buddies L.A. Sunshine and Special K plus DJ Easy as the Treacherous Three. After receiving his high school diploma, he attended the State University of New York at Old Westbury and graduated with his B.A. degree in communications.

In 1978, The Treacherous Three was officially formed. An introduction to Bobby Robinson by Spoonie G led to the Treacherous Three's debut on wax in 1980 with “The New Language of Rap.” The single was released on Robinson’s Enjoy Records. In 1981, two more singles followed, “Body Rock” and “Feel the Heart” before the group’s contract was sold to Sugar Hill Records. The Treacherous Three split up in the mid-1980s after recording several singles for Sugar Hill Records.

For his solo debut, DeWese enlisted an unknown producer, seventeen-year-old Teddy Riley. “Go See the Doctor” followed and became an underground hit. By 1986, Kool Moe Dee was signed to Jive Records, and his self-titled debut album appeared that same year. In 1987, with an album entitled, How Ya Like Me Now, DeWese went platinum and was followed in 1989 by the gold certified Knowledge Is King, for which he became the first rapper to perform at the Grammy Awards ceremonies. Also in 1989, DeWese worked on several important projects including the single "Self-Destruction," and Quincy Jones' all-star Back on the Block album, which united Hip Hop stars with their musical forebears. After moving to Los Angeles, DeWese appeared in several movies including Panther in 1995 and Crossroads in 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his mother, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his mother, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his early family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his mother's ambitions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls his mother's favorite television shows
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his father, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his father, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his ancestry and the origin of his name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his childhood peer group
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese remembers Harlem's hustler culture
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese shares his perspective on religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls his introduction to jazz music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his early musical interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his father's philosophical interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls his father's admiration for Malcolm X
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his admiration for Muhammad Ali
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the impact of the Black Panthers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese remembers the Fight of the Century
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese reflects upon societal beauty standards
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his dating experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese talks about external validation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls his introduction to break beats
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes New York City's early hip-hop scene, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes Lovebug Starski
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes New York City's early hip-hop scene, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls seeing Lovebug Starski and Grandmaster Flash in Harlem
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the impact of Grandmaster Flash and his crew
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the origin of the term hip-hop
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his entry into hip-hop
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls performing at Norman Thomas High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese reflects upon the early hip-hop generation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese distinguishes between hustling and emceeing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls boxing at the Police Athletic League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the formation of the Treacherous Three, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the Treacherous Three
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls lunchroom performances at Norman Thomas High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese remembers his first performance with Special K
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls performing in the Bronx with the Treacherous Three
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the formation of the Treacherous Three, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes Spoonie Gee and the Treacherous Three
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese talks about Spoonie Gee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese remembers the Treacherous Three's early recording sessions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his classmates' response to 'New Rap Language'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes Spoonie Gee's departure from Treacherous Three
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls hearing the Treacherous Three on the radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls performing in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1980
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese compares the Treacherous Three to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his senior year at Norman Thomas High School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls dropping out of Norman Thomas High School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes passing the GED and applying for college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the impact of his emcee battle with Busy Bee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls hip-hop's growing popularity in the early 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes changes in the genre of hip-hop
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls his time at State University of New York College at Old Westbury
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the 1980s music industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the relationship between radio and hip-hop
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the release of 'Turn It Up'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes hip-hop successes in the mid-1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his solo comeback
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls Rakim's success in the mid-1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese compares LL Cool J with other 1980s hip-hop artists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese remembers meeting LL Cool J
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls LL Cool J's visit to his college dorm
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his album 'How Ya Like Me Now'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese recalls the Soul Train Music Awards
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his rap battle with LL Cool J
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes his disagreement with Jive Records
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese talks about LL Cool J's rap battles
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese talks about historical revisionism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese reflects upon the role of chance in his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese shares his perspective of the music industry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese shares his perspective on gangster rap
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese reflects upon social issues and hip-hop stardom
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese shares his hopes for the hip-hop community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese reflects upon American politics
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the evolution of hip-hop culture, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the evolution of hip-hop culture, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the impact of Eminem's success for black hip-hop artists
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes racism in the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes hip-hop's global impact
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Mohandas "Kool Moe Dee" DeWese describes the historical significance of hip-hop