Duke Bootee

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Duke Bootee
Birth name Ed Fletcher
Origin New York City
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1982–1992
Labels Sugar Hill Records

Edward G. Fletcher, known as Duke Bootee, is an early rapper and hip hop and rap producer,[1] who produced some of the most early and important rap records[citation needed]

His best known single was "The Message". Produced for Sugar Hill Records, this record featured legendary rapper Melle Mel and Duke Bootee. The label on the record marketed the song as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, although the actual performers were Melle Mel and Duke Bootee. Later, he collaborated again with Melle Mel on the singles "Message II (Survival)",[2] and "New York New York", in which the latter was credited to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

After concluding his music career in the early 1990s, Duke Bootee obtained teaching certification and became an educator. As of 2014 he was an instructor in Critical Thinking and Communication at Savannah State University in Georgia.[3]