Doug E. Fresh

A pioneering figure in the development of hip-hop music, rapper-beatboxer Doug E. Fresh recorded two early classics of the genre with 1985's "The Show" and "La Di Da Di," both in collaboration with fellow trailblazing ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1966 in Christ Church, BB

Filmography

Actor (31)

2012 Soul Train Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Announcer

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Mike Epps: Under Rated Never Faded & X-Rated 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2003 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I Love the '80s: 3D 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '90s: Part Deux 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 BET Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Playa's Guide to Scarface 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Essence Music Festival 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '70s 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Paid in Full 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Source Sound Lab 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Whiteboys 1999 (Movie)

Parking Lot Rapper No 1 (Actor)

Let's Get Bizzee 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tapeheads 1988 (Movie)

Record Executive (Actor)

I Love the '80s (TV Show)

Actor
Music (7)

Nothing Like the Holidays 2008 (Movie)

("The Show") (Song Performer)

Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! 2006 (Movie)

(Music)

Holes 2003 (Movie)

("Dig It") (Song)

The 2003 Essence Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("Battle In The Bronx") (Song Performer)

Blaze Battle Face-Off 2000 World Championships 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

("Spirit") (Song)
Producer (2)

2013 Soul Train Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Soul Train Awards 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

A pioneering figure in the development of hip-hop music, rapper-beatboxer Doug E. Fresh recorded two early classics of the genre with 1985's "The Show" and "La Di Da Di," both in collaboration with fellow trailblazing artist Slick Rick. The singles, which would receive tribute from dozens of rap artists in the decades that followed, from Snoop Dogg and the Roots to The Notorious B.I.G. and Will Smith, would mint Fresh as one of hip-hop's earliest superstars, but he was unable to parlay their success into a substantive career. Fresh would spend much of the 1990s and beyond reviving his greatest hits in concert while enjoying an odd secondary degree of fame as the inspiration for "The Dougie," a dance craze which rose to national prominence in 2007. Though his career largely sputtered out after "The Show," Fresh's contributions to the growth of hip-hop from an underground sound to part of the mainstream music scene made him one of the genre's most significant artists.

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