Doug E. Fresh
Beatboxer, rapper, producer
Doug E. Fresh
Douglas E. Davis, 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. The pioneer of 20th century american beatboxing, Fresh is able to accurately imitate drum machines and various special effects using only his mouth, lips, gums, throat, and a microphone.
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In Transit: Celebrating Kwanzaa in New York
NYTimes - about 1 year
On Dec. 27, Doug E. Fresh will take center stage again at the American Museum of Natural History’s 37th annual Kwanzaa celebration.
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ArtsBeat: Selma Hosts Its Own Civil Rights Concert
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The three-hour concert features performances by Rick Ross, Kirk Franklin, Tamar Braxton, Doug E. Fresh — and Vanilla Ice — and will be live-streamed.
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On the "A" w/ Souleo: <i>Songs for a Healthier America</i> Album Uses Hip-Hop to Fight Childhood Obesity
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The piercing cheers of over 500 New York City school kids trumpeted the kickoff event at Symphony Space for the free album, Songs for a Healthier America. Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America, chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama, collaborated to produce the project which features health-conscious songs by Ashanti, Jordin Sparks, Ariana Grande, Monifah, Doug E. Fresh and more. Fresh admits that it can be challenging to live a healthy lifestyle but his secret is to begin with a positive outlook on life. Spiritually I try to live right and do right by people. I do my best to exercise, eat right and keep my mind and body in the best of shape. Living in the world is not easy but if we do some or one of those things we will be okay. -- Doug E. Fresh Although he does not appear on the album, Chuck D has consistently used his role as a member of legendary hip-hop group, Public Enemy to deliver important messages. So it only makes sense that he'd support an al ...
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Songs for a Healthier America Debut Album and Live Event Kicks Off in New York City; Performances from Ashanti, Doug E. Fresh, DMC, Ryan Beatty, Matisyahu, Nils Lofgren and More
Yahoo News - over 3 years
ALBUM DOWNLOAD, AIMED AT TEACHERS, PARENTS AND KIDS, AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON iTUNES ANDhttp://songsforahealthieramerica.orgNEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today marked the debut release of a boisterous new album aimed at amplifying the benefits of healthier child nutritional and exercise choices. The release of Songs for a Healthier America, co-produced by Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America, was celebrated with a special, star-studded live event, presented by WAT-AAH!, premium water for kids and teens. ...
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Video: Michelle Obama stars in "Everybody" hip-hop music video
CBS News - over 3 years
First Lady Michelle Obama has made an appearance in the new music video, "Everybody," featuring vocals from the likes of Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh and Dr. Oz. CBSNews.com's Ken Lombardi reports.
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Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America Release Songs for a Healthier America
Yahoo News - over 3 years
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Mehmet Oz flexes his rapping skills on the first track and video release of, "Everybody" released today on the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Oz is joined on the song by American Idol-winner Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, Ryan Beatty and the Hip Hop MD. The track is featured on the album, Songs for a Healthier America, produced by Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and Hip Hop Public Health (HHPH), and is designed to motivate kids to make healthier exercise and wellness choices. ...
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Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back Turns 25
MTV News - almost 4 years
It was 1988, now 25 years ago, when Public Enemy released their seminal album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back via Def Jam Records. The LP, recorded in New York City, was certified Platinum just four months after its release, praised by fans and critics alike for the politically and socially charged revolutionary rap that Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X and the rest of the crew were known for, led by singles like "Don't Believe the Hype." In 2012 the album landed at  #48 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list, being described as "Loud, obnoxious, funky, avant-garde, political, hilarious" for it's layered production plus the mixture of Chuck D's biting social commentary and Flavor Flav's humorous lyrics. Later that year, Public Enemy became the fourth hip-hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their work, which including crafting one of the most influential albums of all time. "I had no expectations whatsoever. I set ...
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Fantagraphics to publish Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree as a book
Boing Boing - over 4 years
This is great news: Fantagraphics announced it will be publishing the anthology edition of Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree, which appears weekly on Boing Boing. Congrats, Ed! What started out as a web comic Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree traces the foundation of hip hop from its Bronx origins with DJ Kool Herc and DJ Hollywood through Doug E. Fresh, Run DMC and beyond in four color fury. The comic easily transitions from depictions of live shows to breaking in the streets to the foundation of record companies, eager to spread the music. Currently published weekly at the epicenter of cool, Boing Boing, Piskor's work will be collected and printed by Fantagraphics next year. The full-color book will be around 112 pages, collecting the first year's worth of comic strips spanning 1975-1980. As a beautiful backup to Piskor's story, ten beat-friendly cartoonists are providing pin-ups of their favorite hip hop artists and rappers. The overarching theme of comics delving deep into mu ...
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Chaka Khan and Future Added to Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic Halftime Show Produced by Doug E. Fresh and Featuring the Southern University Marching Band
Buckhead Patch - over 4 years
The legendary 10-time Grammy Award winning Chaka Khan and Atlanta’s own Future have been added to the line-up of the 24th annual Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic halftime show to be themed “One Love. One Music. One Culture.” – as announced by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, a volunteer community organization focused on education, empowerment and enrichment in African-American youth that presents the game. Headliner Chaka Khan and Future will join Doug E. Fresh - “The original human beatbox”, which will also feature the award-winning Southern University marching band, dubbed the Human Jukebox. The 100 Black Men of Atlanta will be the executive producers of the halftime show to be choreographed by Sean Bankhead, who has worked with Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Cheri Dennis and Miley Cyrus, and produced by Doug E. Fresh and Bart Phillips, executive producer of the Soul Train Awards and CEO of Sunseeker Media. The Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic is one of the nation’s larg ...
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Big names at ONE MusicFest
Creative Loafing - over 4 years
The 3rd annual ONE MusicFest took place on Saturday throughout the Masquerade Music Park and Historic Old Fourth Ward Park. The bill was heavy on old school hip hop and included artists like Slick Rick, Doug E Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, and MC Lyte.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Top 3 Labor Day Events in Metro Atlanta
Cascade Patch - over 4 years
Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and luckily you will have a few days off from work to enjoy the fruits of your labor and your family. This weekend is historically one of the biggest travel days in the year, so whether you are staying in town or leaving town there will thousands of people trying to go the same area you are going.  For those of us that are staying in Atlanta, here are my randomly selected top 3 events happening this weekend in Atlanta. ONE MusicFest in its 3rd annual installment, this music festival is taking place at The Masquerade off of North Avenue.  There is a whole line-up of artists to perform including Santogold, Big Krit, Marsha Ambrosius, Doug E. Fresh and more.  ONE MusicFest will be filled with fantastic performances from local and national acts, great food from a variety of Food Trucks, and more. Grace Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival and Family Fun Day in its 7th year.  This festival gives residents of Metro Atlanta the opportunity to experience the ...
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Doug E. Fresh to headline Atlanta Football Classic halftime show
ajc - over 4 years
Getty Images By Ernie Suggs, esuggs@ajc.com The Original Human Beat Box will team up with the Human Jukebox to provide halftime entertainment at the 24th annual Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic pitting Florida A&amp;M University against Southern University. For the uninitiated, that means that rap pioneer Doug E. Fresh, will headline the halftime show along with Southern’s acclaimed band. With the hazing death of Florida A&amp;M University drum major Robert Champion last November and the subsequent suspension of the school’s marching band, it became clear early on for planners that the famed Marching 100 would not be accompanying the football team to the game. So with half-time entertainment limited to just Southern’s band, organizers went to Fresh. Fresh rose to prominence in the early 1980s as one of rap’s first and most original super-stars. He was one of the originators of beatboxing, a form of vocal percussion which imitates drum beats and musical sounds usin ...
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Shannon Brown's Wood-Star Music Festival debuts in Union Park
Chicago Reader - over 4 years
Shannon Brown's Wood-Star Music Festival debuts with Robin Thicke, Doug E. Fresh, Monica, Slick Rick, MC Lyte, Rakim, and more by Luca Cimarusti Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown was born and went to high school in Maywood, Illinois, and he's giving back to his hometown by throwing a music festival. Shannon Brown's Wood-Star Music Festival debuts Sat 8/18 and Sun 8/19 in Union Park with a small but impressive lineup of hip-hop, R&amp;B, and soul from the past and present.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Diner’s Journal: Memories of Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem
NYTimes - over 4 years
Ed Koch, Doug E. Fresh and others among Sylvia Woods's best-known patrons recall the time they spent at her restaurant.
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Doug E. Fresh gives jobs to community
CNN - over 4 years
Doug E. Fresh says he opened a restaurant in Harlem because he wanted to give jobs to his community. Ryan Smith has more.
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Diggy And Doug E. Fresh Set To Kick Off Essence Music Fest
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW ORLEANS — One of the premier music festivals celebrating black culture and music is branching out, extending its footprint in its 18th year to embrace the next generation of artists while still trumpeting industry veterans such as Aretha Franklin. The Essence Music Festival has added a fourth day to its concert series in New Orleans. On Thursday – its opening day – Essence will focus solely on youth, including rapper Diggy Simmons, the Disney Channel's Coco Jones, the OMG Girlz and New Orleans' own The Roots of Music. Essence runs through Sunday with performances set for the Superdome. "I've never been, but I know it's important," said 14-year-old Coco, who was discovered on the Disney Channel's "Next Big Thing" and starred in its TV musical movie "Let It Shine," which aired last month. Coco will debut music from her yet-to-be-named album due out next year. She plans to deliver a high-energy show packed with tight choreography and some theatrical elemen ...
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About MC Hammer
Eur Web - over 4 years
*One of the premier music stars of the 1990s was MC Hammer. From his “Hammertime Dance,” shiny outfits and endless commercials, Hammer was the man. But as all good things do, they come to an end; and the buzz surrounding the musician died down soon. What made things even worse is that his finances disappeared after he made approximately $30 million in his career. [SUBSCRIBE TO EURWEB RSS FEED] But aside from people remembering that, they don’t know much more about Hammer. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about him compiled by our partner site The Urban Daily. 1. He was Doug E. Fresh’s boss. In 1992, Hammer owned and operated Bust It Records. He signed Doug E. Fresh that same year. The product of their collaboration was Doug E.’s album, Doin’ What I Gotta Do. One of the singles, “Bustin’ Out (On Funk),” received minor recognition. Most of the song’s praise went to the Rick James sample of “Bustin’ Out.” Despite some radio play, the album is widely considered a flop. 2. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Doug E. Fresh
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 48
    Fresh served as a guest mentor to Jeff Dye and Joe Jonas, as well as performed with them, on the show I Can Do That on June 30, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Fresh is currently working on a new album with artist/producer Rufus Blaq. 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. He also performed two tracks on the Scientology music album The Joy of Creating (other artists appearing include Isaac Hayes, Chick Corea, Edgar Winter, and Carl Anderson). Fresh is the spokesperson for the Hip Hop Public Health Education Center at Harlem Hospital Center, in New York City.
  • 2013
    Age 46
    On May 25, 2013, Fresh debuted the classic hip-hop and r&b show called "The Show" on 107.5 WBLS 9-11PM Saturday nights.
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  • 2012
    Age 45
    On July 9, 2012, Fresh served as a celebrity judge on the Apollo Live TV show.
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  • 2011
    Age 44
    On October 28, 2011 Fresh performed at the Paradise Theater for a concert to benefit New York City's public hospitals; the show was part of "STAT! for NYC's Public Hospitals" to raise funds to reduce gun violence in New York City.
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    Dayquan "Slim's" Davis and his brother, Solomon "Trips" Davis released their debut CD "Money, Moet & Memories " in June 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The digital-only release was orchestrated completely by the brothers with Little assistance from Doug. "When he is involved in something, that's us coming to him mainly everything we do is our concepts, our own direction," Slim said to the NY Daily News.
  • 2010
    Age 43
    Fresh opened a restaurant in New York City called Doug E.'s Chicken and Waffles. He also has stated he has a club called Fresh. He also performed at the Paradise Theater on August 12, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The concert was titled The Show, brought to you by David L David (Spinback Entertainment).
    On December 10, 2010, Fresh appeared on ESPN First Take to speak about the phenomenon of the Dougie as a sports celebration.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the show he, Lomas Brown, and Skip Bayless voted on the best sports related Dougie's. The Dougie performed by Bayless himself on ESPN First Take was voted by Fresh as the best, although he rated Wolf Blitzer's Dougie at the Soul Train Awards the best but it had no sports association.
    On November 8, 2010, 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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    On June 27, 2010, Fresh came out and performed with Cali Swag District while they were performing their song "Teach Me How to Dougie" at the BET Awards Pre-show.
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    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."
    More Details Hide Details Members of Cali Swag District saw Texas college students doing a local dance created in Dallas called the D-Town Boogie. They recognized it as a modified version of Fresh's dance moves and decided to create a song that would feature the dance, but also give Fresh his due credit.
  • 2007
    Age 40
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 28
    In 1995, Slick Rick and Fresh reunited for a track on an album titled Play, which found Fresh back on his feet.
    More Details Hide Details The album received positive reviews; Bret Love wrote, "A welcome flashback to the days when guns, drugs, sex, and violence were not the genre's primary lyrical focus." Off the Play album also was a track title "Freak It Out" which featured Uncle Luke produced by platinum producer Frankie Cutlass and was also on the Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood soundtrack, and was certified a Gold Album by RIAA.
  • 1993
    Age 26
    In 1993, Doug E. Fresh found a new home at Island Records-affiliated label Gee Street.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, he managed only to release one single that contained three songs—"I-ight (Alright)," which was the main song; "Bounce"; and "Freaks". Although "I-ight" (which originated the now-famous club chant "Heyyyyyy, YO! I-iiiiight?") was slated to become the first major hit for Doug in 5 years, it was almost immediately overshadowed by "Freaks", a Dancehall tune beat-boxed entirely by Doug E. and vocalized mainly by his protégé, a Brooklyn-born Jamaican teenage newcomer named Vicious. The song received major radio and club play, followed by video play when the video was finally produced a few months into 1994. The latter would soon ink a deal with Sony Music's Epic Records for three years, although he would only release one album, Destination Brooklyn.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 19
    Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew soldiered on, now officially signed to Danya/Reality/Fantasy and releasing two albums from that period—Oh, My God! from 1986 (which includes the hit song "All The Way To Heaven") and The World's Greatest Entertainer from 1988—both of which are now long out of print and extremely rare.
    More Details Hide Details The main single from the album The World's Greatest Entertainer was "Keep Risin' To The Top" which was named after Keni Burke's then-obscure 1981 hit "Rising To The Top", which, thanks to being sampled in Doug E. Fresh's song, has become Keni's signature tune. Doug E.'s "Keep Risin' To The Top" also samples the main chorus phrase of Heatwave's 1976 classic "Ain't No Half Steppin'," which Big Daddy Kane also sampled that same year for his song of the same name. In 1992, after a four-year hiatus, Doug E. Fresh joined with MC Hammer's label, Bust It Records and issued one album, Doin' What I Gotta Do, which (despite some minor acclaim for his single "Bustin' Out (On Funk)" which sampled the Rick James 1979 single "Bustin' Out") was a commercial failure.
    Doug E. Fresh was also interviewed in the 1986 cult documentary Big Fun In The Big Town.
    More Details Hide Details Unfortunately, Slick Rick would leave the group almost a year after the single was released leaving many wondering what happened to him until 1988 when he became a Def Jam artist and released his debut album, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Born on September 17, 1966.
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