Kool Moe Dee

Kool Moe Dee

Biography

Mohandas Dewese (born August 8, 1963), better known by his stage name Kool Moe Dee, is an American hip hop MC prominent during the late 1970s through the early 1990s. Kool Moe Dee was a member of the rap group Treacherous Three, and also one of the first rappers to earn a Grammy Award and the first rapper to perform at the Grammys.

One of Kool Moe Dee’s first feats was being part of the first major rap battles in history. He lyrically attacked Busy Bee after one of his performances. In 1985, the Treacherous Three disbanded. In 1986, he went solo, releasing a self-titled album that ranked 83 on Billboard. After meeting a young up and coming artist at Sugar Hill records by the name of Lavaba Mallison, who would later become his manager, Kool Mo Dee left Sugar Hill records to join Lavaba Mallison, Robert “Gusto” Wells, Greg Marius and up and coming producer Teddy Riley at the newly founded ROOFTOP records. He co-operated with the young producers Teddy Riley and Lavaba Mallison which contributed greatly to the new jack swing movement that would gain popularity in the years to follow. 

 

Kool Moe Dee released his second album, How Ya Like Me Now which was his most successful album commercially, achieving platinum status. He then went on to release his third album, Knowledge Is King in 1989, which went gold. In 1990, he performed on Quincy Jones album Back on the Block along with fellow rappers Melle Mel, Big Daddy Kane, and Ice-T. The album gained considerable critical and financial success and winning the 1991 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 1991, the release of his album Funke, Funke Wisdom