Kool Moe Dee

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Mohandas Dewese (born 8 August 1962), better known as Kool Moe Dee, was an American old-school rapper prominent in the late 1980s and early 90s.

In high school in the late 1970s, he met Special K and DJ Easy Lee. They formed the influential old school hip hop group the Treacherous Three. In 1986, Kool Moe Dee went solo, releasing a self-titled album.

He is also well-known for his long-running feud with LL Cool J; he claims that LL Cool J stole his rapping style. The cover of Kool Moe Dee's 1987 album How Ya Like Me Now features a red Kangol hat (LL Cool J's trademark) being crushed under the wheel of a Jeep.

Kool Moe Dee also appeared on Will Smith's #1 pop hit "Wild Wild West" from Smith's 1999 motion picture, on which he re-performs the chorus to his 1987 single of the same name.

Discography

  • Kool Moe Dee (1986, Rooftop/Jive)
  • How Ya Like Me Now (1987, Rooftop/Jive)
  • The Best (1987, Jive; re-issued 1989)
  • Knowledge Is King (1989, Jive/RCA)
  • African Pride EP (1990, Jive)
  • Funke, Funke Wisdom (1991, Jive)
  • Greatest Hits (1993, BMG/Jive/Silvertone)
  • Interlude (1994, Wrap)
  • Jive Collection Volume 2: Kool Moe Dee (1995, Jive)
  • Turn It Up as part of the Treacherous Three (re-issue 2000, Sequel)

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