DJ Kool

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DJ Kool
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Washington, D.C., United States
Genres Hip hop, go-go
Occupation(s) DJ, rapper, singer
Years active 1979–present
Labels CLR, American Recordings/Warner Bros.
Associated acts Chuck Brown, Fatman Scoop, Mýa, Rare Essence, Redman, Will Smith

John W. Bowman Jr. (born 1958), better known by his stage name DJ Kool, is an American DJ and rapper who produced several popular rap singles in the late 1980s. Raised in Washington, D.C., his influence from years of working the go-go and rap circuits became apparent in his music.

In 1996, he released the chart topping single "Let Me Clear My Throat" on American Recordings, which peaked at #8 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1997.[1] The song prominently featured a sample of "The 900 Number" by The 45 King, (that song featured a sample from Marva Whitney's "Unwind Yourself",[2] repeated over a breakbeat for six minutes). The song also began by sampling "Hollywood Swinging" by Kool and the Gang. The song is a recognizable dance floor-filler, and the track remains popular to this day.

DJ Kool was featured on two tracks on Will Smith's 2005 album Lost and Found. He was also featured on Mýa's 2006 single "Ayo!" from her 2008 album Liberation.



List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


The Music Ain't Loud Enuff
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: SOH, Creative Funk
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
20 Minute Workout
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: CLR
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
Let Me Clear My Throat 161 8 21
Gimmie Dat Beat
  • Released: April 8, 1997
  • Label: Liaison
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.


  • "The Music Ain't Loud Enough" (1988)
  • "What the Hell You Come in Here For" (1989)
  • "Raggae Dance" (1990)
  • "I Can Make You Dance (1992)
  • "20 Minute Workout (1994)
  • "I Got Dat Feelin'"(1995)
  • "Let Me Clear My Throat" (1996)

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 159. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Marva Whitney – Unwind Yourself (Sampled By DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat)
  3. ^ "DJ Kool – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "DJ Kool – Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "DJ Kool – Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 

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