Rodney-O & Joe Cooley

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Rodney-O & Joe Cooley are noted west coast hip hop pioneers from Compton, California, best known for tracks such as "Everlasting Bass," "Cooley High," and "This is for the Homies." Rodney-O is a rapper and Joe Cooley is a DJ. The group also included occasional vocals from hype man General Jeff. The group's first record was distributed by Macola Records, which also distributed seminal works by Big Daddy Kane Eazy-E, N.W.A and Ice-T. Having met him during their days at Ichiban, the duo worked with Vanilla Ice as a producing group called "Tha Hit-Men" between 1992 and 1994.

Joe Cooley is considered one of the most influential scratch DJs. His sound was often characterized by using a switch instead of a fader. The "Joe Cooley" scratch he pioneered consists of rapidly executed stab-backscribble-chirp combinations.


  • 1988 Me And Joe (Egyptian Empire) U.S. #187[1]
– Notable singles include: This is For the Homies, Supercuts, Cooley High and Everlasting Bass
– Notable singles include: U Don't Hear Me Tho' and Humps For the Boulevard
  • 1995 Everlasting Hits: The Best Of Rodney O & Joe Cooley (React)
  • 1998 The Final Chapter (React America)
  • 1999 Veteran's Day (Kritical)


"Billboard's Top R&B Singles 1942-1995" by Joel Whitburn.

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