Doug E. Fresh

Biography

Doug E. Fresh (born September 17, 1966), is an American rapper, record producer, and beat boxer, also known as “the Human Beat Box”. One of the early pioneers of beatboxing, Fresh began his recording career as a solo artist as one of the last artists on Enjoy Records. When he and a new team of DJs known as The Get Fresh Crew along with a newcomer named MC Ricky D (who would later achieve fame as Slick Rick) came to fledgling New Jersey-based Hip-Hop label Reality/Danya Records the following year and recorded “The Show” (which borrowed the melody of the Inspector Gadget theme), and “La Di Da Di”, a tune that was completely voiced by MC Ricky D and backed by Doug E’s beat box for the entire duration of the song. It was when both of these songs were released on a single (particularly 12″ single) that broke him (and Slick Rick) into stardom. Both “The Show” and “La-Di-Da-Di” are considered two of the all-time greatest early hip hop classics. 2010 saw Fresh make a small comeback in popular culture as rap group Cali Swag District brought back some of his trademark dance moves with their song “Teach Me How to Dougie.” On Nov. 8, 2010 Doug E. Fresh appeared at the Soul Train Awards where he taught CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer how to Dougie on stage as part of the show.

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