May 11, 2021

Why Kool Moe Dee Ain’t Into Buying Your Trendy Sneakers


A living hip hop legend, Kool Moe Dee has plenty of insights & opinions on the industry he helped build — and he ain’t afraid to share them. Covering everything from Big Business’s toxic effect on the modern-day hip-hop industry, to his decades-long friendship with Will Smith, to the evolution of his legendary feud with LL Cool J, Kool Moe Dee provides an honest, raw, and intriguing look at the growth of the hip hop world that can only come from someone who has been inside it for decades.  

Buckle up for this episode of Moment 2 Moment, as no target is safe from the observational glare of this poetic erudite’s stare…and if ya don’t duck quick, it might just singe ya hair. The one and only, Kool Moe Dee.  


Kool Moe Dee is best remembered for his ever-present hats and shades, but it’s his resistance to hip-hop cliches that fortify his legacy. Anti-drugs and alcohol and pro-education, Moe was always willing to represent bold views in his music and in interviews. He demonstrated his lyrical complexity as a teen when as a member of the groundbreaking Treacherous Three he created a new, fast-paced style of rhyming that was ultimately emulated by rap superstars like Twista and Busta Rhymes. As a solo artist, he ruled the charts and the clubs with hits like “Wild, Wild West” and “I Go to Work,” while taking on longtime rival LL Cool J with “How Ya Like Me Now.” 

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