Kool Moe Dee: A Hip-Hop Legend Revisited

Kool Moe Dee

“I don’t write, I build a rhyme.”- Kool Moe Dee

Today, August 8th is the birthday of Kool Moe Dee, a Hip-Hop legend. A pioneer in the game who was originally part of the early 80’s rap group The Treacherous Three, he would go on to release 4 solo albums and be one of the prominent rap artist of the late 80’s/early 90’s.  With songs like “I Go To Work” “Wild Wild West” and the one all the old school heads remember “How Ya Like Me Now” Moe was a force to be reckoned with in his era.

While falling out of the spotlight for decades, Kool Moe Dee still has the respect of many as a legend in the game.  I would be remiss if I did not mention that he also published a book called There’s a God on the Mic. Its about who he believes are the 50 Greatest Emcees in the rap game, and its a solid read from an opinionated and precise individual. I leave you with the video to “I Go To Work” for your viewing pleasure. Happy birthday Kool Moe Dee!

“Each rhymes a dissertation” -Indeed! #newschoolneedtolearnthough

Marc W. Polite

True School Fanatic

P.S.- “Let’s Go” is still hard after all these years!


  1. Kool Moe was the man and the funny thing is I know Busy Bee, who was the man back in NY at the time and Moe-Dee ended his career and catapulted his self up the latter to begin his reign before LL crushed his light. Nice piece only if these young buck knew there hip-hop history before grabbing a mic, they would respect and appreciate the art.

  2. Nice, thanks Marc, won’t get into the state of hiphop now, lol;-) Let’s just say, I grew up with this type of intelligent rap from Moe Dee, Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy, Eric B. and Rakim, etc.:-)

  3. Absolutely agree. Thanks for the quick piece on KMD. As a loyal fan who still follows Moe Dee whenever there is new news or material, I am eagerly anticipating and appreciate any glimmer of hope that the long rumored return of the Lyrical God is just around the corner. As a fan.. thanks for bringing him up on his birthday. (I love that you added in some of his lyrics… as they are always great quotes)

  4. Thank you Adrian. I felt like I had to pay homage to one of my favorite old school hip-hop artists. You couldn’t tell me that Kool Moe Dee wasn’t the man back in the days. If KMD drops a new album, best believe I will be one of the first people to pre-order it.

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