How Will Doug E. Fresh Be Remembered?

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02:  Doug E. Fresh performs during the 2016 Essence Music Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo: Josh Brasted/FilmMagic)

How Will Doug E. Fresh Be Remembered?

A look into Doug E. Fresh's hip-hop career!

Published November 3, 2016

  1. The Moment He Beatboxed His Way Into the Rap Game

    In the 1980s, Doug E. Fresh, was introduced to the world as the first human beatbox. His mouth was able to perfectly emulate sounds of drums, beats and effects. Through his rap and his beatboxing, he became largely known in the hip-hop community.

    GARY, IN - AUGUST 01:  Rapper Doug E. Fresh, performs at the Genesis Center in Gary, Indiana on AUGUST 01, 1988.  (Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
  2. La Di Da Di

    In 1985, Doug E. Fresh and MC Ricky D, a.k.a Slick Rick, dropped "La Di Da Di." The song broke them into stardom as Slick Rick rapped and Doug E. Fresh provided the beat — literally! Doug E. Fresh beatboxed and created instrument sounds all from his mouth! This song would later go on to be referenced in numerous songs, most notably "Hypnotize" by Notorious B.I.G. and "Lodi Dodi" by Snoop Dogg.

    Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick during Blender Magazine Hosts Old School Party at BLVD in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
  3. The Show

    "The Show" is another single that Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick created together. Once again Slick rapped and Fresh provided the beats. This song, along with "La Di Da Di," was a hit in the hip-hop community.

    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 1: Special guest rappers Slick Rick (left) and Doug E. Fresh performs on the "Best of Both Worlds" tour, November 1, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tour was originally a collaboration featuring Jay-Z and R. Kelly, but Kelly was removed from the tour after an incident on Friday, October 29, 2004. R. Kelly filed a 75 million USD lawsuit on November 2, 2004 against Jay-Z for breach of contract accusing his fellow recording artist of threatening behaviour and sabotaging the tour out of spite and jealousy.  (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
  4. Doug E. Dance Moves

    In the '80s and '90s, Doug E. Fresh was not only a beatboxer, he was a pretty good dancer too! You can say he taught everyone how to "dougie."

    Doug E. Fresh performs at the 98.7 Kiss FM's R&B Jam 2001 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  12/14/01  (Photo: Scott Gries/ImageDirect)
    (Photo: Scott Gries/ImageDirect)
  5. Teaching Us How To Truly Dougie!

    After the hit song "Teach Me How to Dougie" by Cali Swag District was released in 2010, Doug E. Fresh made a comeback to show the youngins where the dance originated from! He later performed it with the Will Smith at Gabrielle Union's 40th Birthday Party in 2012!

  6. Soundtracks to Life

    From airwaves to big screens, Doug E. Fresh's music has been included on numerous soundtracks. Some movie soundtracks he's featured on include Ghostbusters 2 (1989), Don't Be A Menace (1996) and Brown Sugar (2002).

    (Photo: Columbia Pictures)
    (Photo: Columbia Pictures)
  7. Bringing It Back To The Start

    At the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards, Doug E. Fresh rocked the stage and performed his hit record "La Di Da Di" with host Snoop Dogg. 

    ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Rappers Uncle Snoop (L) and Doug E. Fresh perform onstage during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 20, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo: Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)
    (Photo: Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)
  8. From Rapper to Chef? Not Quite

    Doug E. Fresh took a break from rapping in 2010 to open up a chicken and waffles restaurant in Harlem, NY! From Yelp reviews, it looks like an amazing place to eat! Even though he has his restaurant and other entrepreneurial ventures, he will always be remembered as the amazing human beatbox!

    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15:  Recording artist Doug E. Fresh attends the Republic Records Grammy Celebration presented by Chromecast Audio at Hyde Sunset Kitchen & Cocktail on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Republic Records)
    (Photo: Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Republic Records)

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