After making beats with his mouth for hip hop’s original school, Doug E. Fresh released the singles “Just Having Fun
(Do the Beatbox)” and the minor hit “The Original Beatbox” in 1984.
Doug made it a point to clarify he is “the original” because, in the
same year, the hip hop trio The Fat Boys got credit for popularizing the style.
KING OF THE BEAT
Doug makes his film debut in the hip hop classic "Beat Street." During a performance by the pioneering hip hop group The Treacherous Three, he showcases his beatbox style, which is heavily influenced by the rhythms of tap dancing.
GETTING A FRESH CREW
Doug assembles his own hip hop team called the Get Fresh Crew, which consists of DJs Barry Bee and Chill Will and MC newcomer Ricky D (now known as Slick Rick). In 1985, the crew release the classic single “The Show” backed with the even bigger hit “La Di Da Di.”
After Slick Rick goes solo, Doug and the members of the G.F.C. release the LP "Oh My God!," which spawns the hit single “All the Way to Heaven.” In the song's video, Doug even offers a veiled challenge to Run-DMC for the title of hip hop music’s reigning king.
In 1988, Doug and the G.F.C. keep the hits coming when they release the album "World’s Greatest Entertainment." The LP yields the hit singles “Keep Risin’ to the Top” and “Cut That Zero.”
STOPPING THE VIOLENCE
When violence in hip hop clubs becomes too prevalent, Doug joins KRS-One’s Stop the Violence Movement. The coalition of rap artists from Kool Moe Dee to Heavy D ban together to collaborate on the classic 1989 anti-violence song “Self Destruction.”
HOT FUN IN THE SUMMER TIME
Doug brightens the summer of 1989 with the dance-friendly release “Summertime.”
FEEL LIKE BUSTIN’ LOOSE
After signing to MC Hammer's Bust It Records, Doug releases the LP "Doin What I Gotta Do." Singles from the album include the minor hit “Bustin Out (On Funk).”
FREAKIN’ THE BEAT
Doug signs with Gee Street records in 1993. Shortly after, his status at hip hop’s greatest entertainer is re-established when he releases the hit singles "I-ight (Alright)” and the reggae-influenced “Freaks.” Doug beatboxes the entire dancehall reggae smash, which features newcomer Vicious.
THE BEAT OF COMEDY
When Diddy debuts his Bad Boys of Comedy on cable, the rap mogul enlists Doug to be the show’s host.
TEACHING ‘EM HOW TO DOUGIE
Doug hit pop culture star status when rap group Cali Swag District score a major hit with the song “Teach Me How to Dougie.” While the dance was inspired by a move done on Texas dancefloors, CSD embellished the dance, adding Doug’s signature hair swiping maneuver and giving it the hip hop icon’s name.
DOUG E. ROCKS WITH WOLF BLITZER
At the 2010 Soul Train Awards, Doug creates a TV moment when he joins CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer on stage and proceeds to show him how to Dougie.
MAKING A WONDERFUL WORLD
To celebrate the 67th anniversary of the United Nations, Stevie Wonder headlined a star-studded concert. Among the icons to grace the stage was Doug E. Fresh, who lent a beatbox accompaniment to Stevie’s performance of “Superstition.”
IN HIS LIFETIME
At the 2013 Hip Hop Inaugural Ball, which celebrates President Obama’s work as well hip hop’s role in his election, Doug is honored with a lifetime achievement award.