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On the new art of rap movie, sadly i never got a chance to watch it because i can’t find any showtimes, but in a trailer, thew showed part of Doug E. Fresh’s interview and he said Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz and Melle Mel are the 3 best MC’s ever. I have heard the songs from Caz' 1992' album and a few songs here and there and he seems as if he is one of the greatest IMO. I also know he influenced Big Daddy Kane, who is in my top 5. Can you tell me the names of some of his albums and where i can get them. Because i only know about one album he has, which is the 92 one. Can you also recommend me some Melle Mel and Kool Moe Dee also. And how do you think of Doug E. Fresh’s opinion.
I’ve met Grandmaster Caz, a cool, humble dude. Still gets mad love in the streets of NY. Met Melle Mel too, of all places he was randomly walking past my work building with Scorpio — I went up to him, shook his hand, and kept it moving. He look surprised (in a good way) to say the least
(and before anyone says cool story bro — point is these guys deserve props, if you see ‘em, give 'em love — they legends)
Yeah there the guys who started hip hop. They set the foundation for everything that came after.
– 1982: The Message
– 1984: Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five
– 1985: Stepping Off
– 1988: On the Strength
– 1989: Piano
– 1997: Right Now
– 2001: On Lock
– 2006: The Portal In The Park
– 2007: Muscles
– 2009: Hip Hop Anniversary Europe Tour
– 1988: Troopers
– 1992: The Grandest Of Them All
– 1994: All the Way Live in ‘82
– 1995: Fresh Wild Fly
– 1995: Bold
– 1998: Cold Crush Brothers Vs. Fantastic Romantic 5 (Live Mc Battles From Harlem World 1981)
– 2004: You Need Stitches: The Tuff City Sessions 1982-1988
– 2006: Rare & Unreleased Old School Hip Hop '86-'87
– 2008: Mid Life Crisis
Kool Moe Dee:
– 1984: The Treacherous Three
– 1986: Kool Moe Dee
– 1987: How Ya Like Me Now
– 1989: Knowledge Is King
– 1991: Funke, Funke Wisdom
– 1994: Interlude
– 1994: Old School Flava
– 2000: Turn It Up
Caz is from the pre-album era; damn near the pre-song era. He was there in hip-hop’s infancy, before the idea of actually making records was even a thing. He started rapping in 1974 or thereabouts. His real heyday was in the late 1970s and maybe early 80s, again, when people weren’t really making albums (other than a few exceptions). He was a member of Cold Crush Brothers. They had some 12-inch singles. I think they may have had an album out way after the fact, when their style of rap was already very dated. Caz has some albums with his name on them, too, but they’re not really indicative of why Doug E. Fresh and Ice-T, etc., consider him one of the greatest emcees of all time. It’s more about his ability to rock an old-school party in the days before there were albums or even 12-inch singles.
That movie got me listening to Caz. I went home and looked him up. This song is what stood out to me, I think it’s from 2008. But he sounds great.
Interviews I did with both Caz and Melle Mel (plus a bunch of other people) at the NYC Art of Rap premier, below: