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While street rap and pop rap would soon split into two separate categories, Kool Moe Dee’s Knowledge Is King was one of the last records to bridge those two worlds. After engaging by the pop genius of a teenage Teddy Riley, Moe Dee reached a mainstream audience with “They Want Money,” “Get the Picture,” and “The Avenue,” but he never sacrificed his edge. As groups like N.W.A and Public Enemy were pushing hip-hop to greater extremes, Moe Dee matched their ferocity with “I Go to Work,” “I’m Hittin’ Hard,” and the militant black anthem “Pump Your Fist.”

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Moe Dee Comes To iTunes!

Clever (and clean) lyrics and great life lessons fill the songs of this album. I've owned it since it first released but my CD was scratched so now I can pick it up on iTunes.

Seriously? No love for "I Go To Work"?

Track three "I Go To Work" is underrated and unappreciated. Solid lyrics and blistering old school speed. Glad to see this album on iTunes!

been lookin 4 this for years

this kool moe dee's last album. glad itunes finally got it. thanks


Born: August 8, 1962 in Harlem, New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A member of one of the original hip-hop crews, Treacherous Three, Kool Moe Dee later became a solo star in his own right in 1986 by teaming with a teenaged Teddy Riley (later famed as the king of new jack swing) on the crossover hit "Go See the Doctor." The single earned him a contract with Jive Records, for which he recorded three successful late-'80s albums, dominated by his skillful speed-raps. A long-running feud with LL Cool J -- who stole his aggressive stance and rapping style, he claims --...
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