Is Doug E. Fresh The World’s Greatest Entertainer? Check The Tapes, Featuring Slick Rick (Audio)
Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew are a legendary Hip-Hop crew. Through the mid-1980s, the beat-boxing MC and his team included names like Chill Will and MC Ricky D. Somewhere in 1986, Rick would step solo before Doug’s Oh, My God! album. In those early days though, the way the show-goers, and Heads remember, the magic heard on “The Show” and “La Di Da Di” is only the tip.
J-Blast, Stretch Armstrong and Operator EMZ brushed up and digitized one particular medley “Nuthin'” / “La Di Da Di,” from New York City’s Funhouse (known by Run-DMC Heads). Here, the airtight routines of Doug, Rick, and the rest of the crew are rapidly apparent. Ricky’s Dionne Warwick impersonation is spot-on, Doug’s beat-boxing is electrifying, and the crisp remastered sound makes this something to come back to.
Had these two luminaries stayed together, how would their deeply-respected legacies be different? Is Slick Rick’s foul mouth and R-rated stories something that deserves him mention as a pioneer?