DOUG E. FRESH AND THE GET FRESH CREW (Buy CDs by this artist)
Oh, My God! (Reality) 1986
The World's Greatest Entertainer (Reality) 1988
Typical of the fast-moving New York rap scene, these two albums by Doug E. Fresh (Davis) the original human beatbox, and one of the leading young rhymers to pick up from the original old-schoolers like Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow now sound amazingly quaint. Far removed from the strong content and intense beats of the Public Enemy/N.W.A generation, Fresh runs a moderate course, with a bit of reggae toasting, polite tracks and very little attitude. Originally partnered with Ricky Dee (who later went solo as Slick Rick), Fresh like nearly all MCs until the late '80s stuck with 12-inch singles, scoring a 1985 international hit with "The Show (Oh, My God)."
Oh, My God! makes good use of live musicians (trumpeter Jimmy Owens, synthesist Bernard Wright, etc.) and contains an anti-abortion number; The World's Greatest Entertainer also uses real players (including drummer Charlie Drayton), boasts several tracks co-produced by P.E.'s Bomb Squad and ends with a thoughtful rap about visiting Africa.[Ira Robbins]
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