Snoop Performs La Di Da Di With Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick

Last night (August 11), Hip-Hop took over Yankee Stadium. There, a host of legends performed songs in the same Bronx borough that is credited with birthing Hip-Hop as Heads know it, 50 years ago this weekend. Kool Herc and his sister Cynthia Campbell were part of the festivities. It was Herc’s August 11, 1973 back to school jam in the rec center of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue that marks the milestone for the culture.

In addition to Herc and Cindy, Public Enemy, EPMD, Grandmaster Flash, Ice Cube, Nas, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Lil Wayne, Common, Kid Capri, Roxanne Shanté, Too Short, Lupe Fiasco, Method Man, T.I., Grandmaster Caz, Rev Run, Jermaine Dupri, Jaz-O, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, Wiz Khalifa, Mysonne, Trina, and Clark Kent, and Chuck Chillout were among attendees. Yankees Derek Jeter was also in attendance.

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There was a special performance from Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, and Snoop Dogg. The three artists, repping two different coasts, performed a hybrid version of “La Di Da Di.”

The 1985 Reality/Fantasy Records versions finds Doug and Rick—then of the Get Fresh Crew, performing the routine that features rapping, beat-boxing, and storytelling. Eight years after the original Hip-Hop hit, Snoop Dogg covered it for his chart-topping Doggystyle album in 1993 (as “Lodi Dodi”). Dr. Dre, a contemporary of Doug and Rick’s, produced that G-Funk style version, recorded with the Death Row band.

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In the years after 1993, Snoop covered other 1980s Hip-Hop classics by Too Short, Eric B. & Rakim, and Slick Rick’s Kangol Crew band-mate, Dana Dane.

#BonusBeat: New music by Snoop Dogg as well as Tony Touch and Redman covering a Slick Rick classic are currently on the AFH playlist: