Doug E. Fresh

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Descendants of Doug E. Fresh "Night Ride" with Cory Gunz - SOHH
When I got the memo that original Bronx beat boxer Doug E. Fresh was helping to push a rap group with his sons, I just shook my head. But this video dispels any preconceived thoughts of "corniness." The trio, Square Off, are three young New York cats--...
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Area Events - Muskogee Daily Phoenix
Oklahoma grown fresh produce, plants, herbs, flowers and bakery goods are offered on Saturdays through October and on Wednesdays in mid-May. Information: Doug Walton, 686-6939. TAHLEQUAH FARMERS' MARKET, 8 am to noon Saturdays from May to October,...
'The King Of R&B' is 'dead'; long live the kings - Florida Courier
Cut Creator and actor/ comedian John Henton of the old "Living Single" sitcom presided over the Promenade party on Monday night; Doug E. Fresh dropped in. I like Doug because he seems to be the polar opposite of Bobby Brown - relatively humble and not...
A gift for doublespeak - Boston Herald
It seems City Council hopeful Doug Bennett may be planning to stage a bloody coup at City Hall. In a campaign e-mail, the 33-year-old military veteran and Suffolk Superior Court manager fired this salvo at the municipal government: “My organization is...
Where The Flute Meets The Beat Box - NPR
Mr. PATTILLO: There are quite a couple of beatboxers, people like Doug E. Fresh and the Fat Boys. THE FAT BOYS (Rap Group): (Singing) check it out party people it's the human beatbox. And as we told you before, he is the grandmaster....
Cleveland's Ted Henry reflects on 40 years in broadcasting - The Plain Dealer -
Henry is the last link to the days when there were three news stations in town and television anchors such as John and Judd Hambrick, Gib Shanley and Doug Adair enjoyed the height of television's power and influence. Henry and Channel 5 were synonymous...
Selkirk going to market - Selkirk Journal
“The vegetables you buy in the store sit around for weeks before you buy them, and they don't compare whatsoever to the taste of fresh produce.” Local farmer Adele Braman, who operates a family farm in East Selkirk with her husband Doug,...
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Doug E. Fresh

September 2007

Douglas E. Davis (born September 17, 1966), better known by the stage name Doug E. Fresh, is an American rapper, record producer, and beat boxer, also known as the Human Beat Box. One of the earliest recorded beat boxers, Fresh is able to accurately imitate drum machines and various special effects using only his mouth, teeth, and gums.

Born in Christ Church, Barbados, Doug E. Fresh moved to the United States with his family when he was young.

Fresh is a member of the Church of Scientology. He has performed for large audiences of its adherents at the Scientology Celebrity Center's Anniversary Gala in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He also performed two tracks on the all-star Scientology music album The Joy of Creating (other artists appearing include Isaac Hayes, Chick Corea, Edgar Winter, and Carl Anderson).

His 1985 single "The Show" (which borrows the melody of the Inspector Gadget theme), and its B-side, "La Di Da Di," are considered early hip hop classics. The single featured the Get Fresh Crew: DJs Barry B. and Chill Will, and MC Ricky D (who would later achieve fame as Slick Rick).

In 1989, Fresh recorded the song "Spirit" for the Ghostbusters II soundtrack. A year later, he beatboxed for the song "Tag Team Partners" on Living Colour's second album Time's Up.

Fresh did not record again until 1992's Doin' What I Gotta Do, issued by MC Hammer's Bust It Records. Fresh also beatboxed the drum track of the song "Freaks", by dancehall reggae artist Li'l Vicious and also appeared in the video.

In the late 1990s, Fresh collaborated with Prince on a number of recordings, notably Newpower Soul and the 1999, the New Master EP. Recently, Fresh appeared on VH1's I Love the 80s and on March 29, 2007, he appeared on Nickelodeon's ME:TV for Beat Box Week.

Fresh recorded the current theme used for the New York Knicks, in its highlight videos and during the pre-game warm-ups, titled "Take Me Home," based very much off of the John Denver hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads," in 2001.

On October 9, 2004, Fresh performed on stage with the Beastie Boys in Madison Square Garden. The performance was captured on video for the 2006 in-concert movie Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!.

On May 23, 2007, Fresh performed variations upon "The Show" with finalist Blake Lewis on the season-six finale of American Idol, the first ever hip-hop performance on the show, which was watched by over 200 million people around the world.

He has also hosted events for Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Bill Clinton and many other high-profile celebrities.

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An example of beatboxing
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An example of beatboxing

Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion which primarily involves the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one's mouth, lips, tongue, voice, and more. It may also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntablism, the simulation of horns, strings, and other musical instruments. Beatboxing is connected with hip hop culture although it is not limited to hip hop music.

Vocal imitation of percussion sounds has existed for a very long time. One tradition is thought to have originated in India several thousand years ago: the tradition of bol, and the Chinese developed Kouji, a type of vocal performing arts. These had little relation with hip hop, however, and have no direct connection to modern Eastern Hip Hop. Some African traditions use performers' bodies (clapping, stomping) to make musical sounds to maintain a steady musical pace. They made sounds using their mouths by loudly breathing in and out, which is done in beatboxing today.

Beatboxing in hip hop originated in 1980s. Its early pioneers include Doug E. Fresh, Buffy from the Fat Boys & Wise (Stetsasonic) . Credits of the three include Doug E. Fresh for being the self proclaimed first "human beatbox,", Buffy for helping perfecting the art & Wise for taking it to a level that inspired other individuals to want to be a human beatbox. Wise with his human turntable technique inspired a whole new fan base of human beatboxers. The term "beatboxing" is derived from the mimicry of the first generation of drum machines, then known as beatboxes.

Beatboxing's current popularity is due in part to artists such as Rahzel, Kenny Muhammad, and Matisyahu, who have promoted the art form across the world. Websites such as and YouTube also contribute substantially toward raising the profile of beatboxing.

In 2005 the world championship of beatboxing was organised in Leipzig, Germany. The participants came from all over the world, and included Tom Thumb, and Joel Turner (Australia), White Noise (Ireland), Roxorloops (Belgium), Poizunus (Canada), Faith SFX (UK). After several heats of beatbox battles, the final between Roxorloops (Belgium) and Joel Turner (Australia) was decided. The five judges had a difficult time picking a winner and called for an extra round after which Joel Turner won the world championship.

As with other musical disciplines, some form of musical notation or transcription may sometimes be useful in order to describe beatbox patterns or performances. Sometimes this takes the form of ad hoc phonetic approximations, but is occasionally more formal.

Standard Beatbox Notation (SBN) was created by Mark Splinter and Gavin Tyte of in 2006 as an alternative to International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcription, which had been used sparingly before then.

This list is a selected discography of commercial releases which are mostly/entirely beatbox-based or are otherwise notable/influential records in the history of beatboxing and its popularisation.

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Hurby Azor

Herby "Luv Bug" Azor, or "Fingerprints" as he was also known, is a hip hop music producer, best known for discovering the successful female hip-hop trio Salt-n-Pepa and the also successful hip-hop duo Kid 'n Play.

In the mid 1980s, with the fad of hip-hop response records all the rage, Herby and the group Salt-n-Pepa (then known as Super Nature) recorded a response to Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew's "The Show" called "The Show Stoppa." Though not as popular as most response records, Get Fresh Crew emcee Slick Rick did note years later, after he and the women later became friends, that the record annoyed him. Herby would also go on to produce Dana Dane, Sweet Tee, Kwamé, and others.

Wrote the song "Let's Talk About Sex".

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Just-Ice (born Joseph Williams Jr.) A former bouncer at punk clubs, Ice was one of the first of the New York MCs to embrace hardcore rap (although he hardly used foul language), and when he burst out of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, as Just-Ice, he gained instant notoriety. Muscle-bound, tattooed, aggressive—he resembled Mike Tyson in more than just looks—and with a mouthful of gold teeth, which was the style in his neighborhood. His slickly produced debut single "LaToya/Put that Record back On" was an instant hit. However, a more down-and-dirty sound could be found on the 12" B-Side track, "That Girl is a Slut," which, for the time, was relatively profane and owed at least some inspiration to Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's "La Di Da Di." Released soon afterward, his debut album Back to the Old School proved he was more than just a pretty face. It came out on the independent New York label Fresh/Sleeping Bag label in 1986 and sounded like no other hip-hop album, thanks to his fast, forceful rhymes, Cool DMX's human beatbox, and the distinctive production of Mantronix's Kurtis Mantronik. Ice was also one of the first MCs to embrace the teachings of the Nation of Gods and Earths on a recording, as well as being a pioneer in incorporating dancehall-style toasting into hip-hop rhymes. The album is best known in Hip Hop circles for the single "Cold Gettin' Dumb"; the universally known beat can be found reworked on Redman's single "It's Like That" featuring K-Solo, from the 1996 album, Muddy Waters.

When he was held by Washington, D.C., police regarding the murder of a drug dealer in 1987 ("Murder, Drugs, and the Rap Star," read a Washington Post headline), it gave him an even greater notoriety (he was never charged with the murder). Declaring war on D.C.'s go-go scene and loudly criticizing Run-D.M.C. (very popular in New York at this time), Just-Ice set a pattern for many a future hip-hop feud. Little could halt Just-Ice's ascension to hip hop stardom, though the departure of Mantronik from Sleeping Bag was a bad omen. KRS-One stepped in to produce 1987's Kool & Deadly (Justicizms), an album that swapped Mantronik's hi-tech skills for raw, elemental beats and rhymes. The British and New York public that had so enthusiastically embraced Back to the Old School was indifferent about this one, and 1989's The Desolate One (with KRS-One back in the producer's seat) was no great improvement. Legendary turntablist Grandmaster Flash produced Ice’s fourth album and last for Fresh/Sleeping Bag, Masterpiece.

By 1990, both Just-Ice and Sleeping Bag appeared to be quickly fading as a new generation of MCs and labels overtook them. He continued to release albums at intervals across the 1990s, but they were on tiny independent labels—although one, 1993's Gun Talk, had major-label distribution and had five of the album's 10 cuts produced by Kurtis Mantronik—and were seldom noticed. This was in part due to Just-Ice's gruff exterior. In one instance at the now defunct Chicago hip hop radio station WJPC 950 AM, while promoting the album, Just-Ice went on an expletive-filled rant about the state of hip hop. The station abruptly cut off his mike, stopped the interview, had security escort Just-Ice out of the building, and took the lead single out of its rotation.

Just-Ice was a member of hip-hop super session the Stop the Violence All Stars, which released one single ("Self Destruction") in 1990, which promoted peace in the communities.

In recent years, Just Ice released several white label 12-inch singles with production by hip hop superstar producer DJ Premier.

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Time's Up (Living Colour album)

Time's Up cover

Time's Up is the second album by Living Colour, released on August 20, 1990. It features a wide range of genres and also includes cameo appearances by Queen Latifah, Little Richard, Doug E. Fresh and James Earl Jones. After the album was released, it reached gold status, peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 and later won a Grammy for best hard rock album of the year. It is the last album to feature Muzz Skillings on bass. As of 2008, the album is out of print.

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Play (Doug E. Fresh album)

Play cover

Play is the fourth album released by Doug E. Fresh. It was released on September 26, 1995, on Gee Street Independent and featured production from Doug E. Fresh, Frankie Cutlass and Todd Terry. The album itself was not a commercial success, only peaking at #81 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, but several singles made it to the charts: "Where's da Party At?", "Freaks", "Hands in the Air", and "I-ight" all made it to the Hot Rap Singles chart.

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Oh, My God! (Doug E. Fresh album)

Oh, My God! cover

Oh, My God! is the debut album of legendary emcee Doug E. Fresh. It was released in 1986 on Reality Records, a short-lived subsidiary of the legendary Fantasy Records, and was produced by Dennis Bell and Ollie Cotton. The album was only a moderate success when it was released, peaking at #21 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, however today the album is considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, but it was never released on compact disc.

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