Kool Moe Dee is best remembered for his ever-present hats and shades, but it’s his resistance to hip-hop cliches that fortify his legacy. Anti-drugs and alcohol and pro education, Moe was always willing to represent bold views in his music and in interviews. He demonstrated his lyrical complexity as a teen, when as a member of the groundbreaking Treacherous Three he created a new, fast-paced style of rhyming that was ultimately emulated by rap superstars like Twista and Busta Rhymes. As a solo artist, he ruled the charts and the clubs with hits like "Wild, Wild West"and "I Go to Work," while taking on longtime rival LL Cool J with "How Ya Like Me Now." With help from friends and admirers including Doug E. Fresh, Melle Mel, and Teddy Riley, Kool Moe Dee told his story to Unsung, as only he can.
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