Discussion in 'Black Entertainment' started by jamesfrmphilly, Nov 11, 2004.
knowledge is king
??? i agree but ????
"knowledge is king"
it's a song by kool mo dee that i was listening to this morning.
if you don't know of it, you should check it out.
i long for the days when there were raps that actually were about something.
the message, the last poets, africa bambatta, krs.............."don't push me.......", yeah baby!
In my opinion Kool Moe Dee is the most under-rated MC of all time. This brother came out in 1978 with the Treacherous Three (La Sunshine, Special K, and DJ Easy Lee), and invented much of modern rap. Moe Dee invented "fast rhyming", displayed in the classic "New Rap Language", he also was famous for "battling" (Busy Bee & LL Cool J). In addition to this, Moe Dee was one of the most intellient lyrist of his time (as far as I'm concerned all time), and he also was one of the 1st MCs to rap about Black Nationalism! Knowledge is King was a deep single, as was "God made me Funke". The follow up album Funke, Funke, Wisdom is a classic! Unfortunatley this style of rap fell to the "gangsta" era of the mid-90s (also some of his best songs never got airplay). As a result Kool Moe Dee fell out of the lime light, and doesn't get the historical recognition he deserves. It is difficult to even spot a greatest hits CD in records stores nowadays. This is ashame because I feel in a historical sense he is one of the top 10 greatest MCs of all time. I have every album he ever made, and ironically was listening to one of his joints today in my car! Thanks for this thread brotherJamesfromPhilly!
Must be a reason
James and panafrica:
Great minds think on the same page
Just happens that I played "Knowledge is King" in chat last night.
Dont know why, just got the vibe.
Must be a reason...
I always promote Kool Moe Dee to the young brothers & sisters who are fans of Hip Hop. Usually the response I get is: Kool Mo Who? They have never heard of him! That is ashame!
i was a young buck when modee was popular. i liked some of his commercial jointz but dont recall knowledge was king. i remember his verse on self distruction. i never owned any of his albums, i was still living off 5 bones a week from moms.
I'm not surprised at this brother Therious. For some reason Kool Mo Dee's best songs were never released as singles, and they didn't get airplay. Mo Dee himself has also complained about poor album promotion. Perhaps his record execs felt he was too controversial? I really don't know. I was a teenager when Kool Mo Dee's popularity as a solo artist reached it's peak in the late 1980s. I have the lyrics to Knowlege is King in my car, I'll post them later.
do your self a favor, get a hold of the song - "knowledge is king".
it is where i think hip hop needs to be going.
Don't just get a hold of the song: Knowledge is King. Get the entire CD, then get the Greatest Hits Volume 1, and Interlude (his last CD)! Great music...the brother was an unappreciated genius!
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