DJ Kool

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DJ Kool
Birth name John W. Bowman Jr.
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 single "Let Me Clear My Throat" on American Recordings, which charted around the world including the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Top 10 in the UK and Netherlands 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.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[3]
US
Heat.

[4]
US
R&B

[5]
The Music Ain't Loud Enuff
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: SOH, Creative Funk
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
60
20 Minute Workout
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: CLR
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
84
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.

Singles[edit]

  • "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" (1)

References[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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