Kool Moe Dee – Wild Wild West (1987)
Kool Moe Dee’s Wild Wild West is just one of the many great songs you’d hear on The Beat Chicago.
There’s enough stations playing rock n’ roll classics and the same 80’s songs from Bon Jovi, Journey, John Cougar, Elton John all day long and that’s all cool but, when you want something completely different? When you want everything from Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Spinners to Stevie B, C+C Music Factory classic 80’s dance hits and more of the music that keeps you movin? we’re it.
See, we’re all about the classics too…. Classic R&B and dance of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, freestyle and more. For us, it’s not about how old a song is, it’s about how good it is and this is as good as it gets.
Back in the day, before rap got hijacked by whack rappers mumbling illiterate sounds, Kool Moe Dee was THE man. His flow, his style, there was no one close.
Born Mohandas Dewese in 1963, Kool Moe Dee was a member of the rap group Treacherous Three which included him, DJ Easy Lee, L.A. Sunshine, Special K and Spoonie Gee (who left in the late 1970s). He was also one of the first rappers to earn a Grammy Award and was the first rapper to perform at the Grammys.
This 1987 release deals with the differences in gangs dealing with violence. Released on the Jive label, it was a R&B hit, reaching number four on Billboard’s R&B chart. However, it only reached #62 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was included on “How Ya Like Me Now”, the emcee’s second album, released in 1988
So many great songs, so many great firsts, the feud with him and LL Cool J, that’s what I miss most about old school hip-hop, real talent, intelligible lyrics without ignorance.
Any video from Kool Moe Dee was not just a video, it was a major production. His style was so dope even I had those leather suits back in the day when I could fit my fat ass into them.
Will Smith did a fine cover of this where he sampled Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” for the rhythm track back in ’99. He included Kool Moe Dee and brought in Dru Hill for vocals. That version was for the movie version of the 1960’s TV show “Wild Wild West” which you can also check out below.