Duke Bootee

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Ed Fletcher is probably best known for his work on Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five’s seminal hit “The Message”.

He was also a session musician at Sugarhill in its heyday.

“The Message 2” was released after the split of the Furious 5 and is credited solely to Melle Mel and Duke Bootee.

Duke Bootee was a highly prolific producer on the scene from this time up until around 1986 as well as an artist in his own right. He made a solo album in 1985 on Mercury called “Bust Me Out” which featured the excellent “Live Wire (I Wanna Girl That Sweats)”. His biggest solo success was “Broadway” on his Beauty & The Beat label in 1986.

He also produced Z 3 MCs – “Triple Threat” in 1985, DJ Cheese & Word of Mouth– “King Kut” & “Coast to Coast”, Masterdon Committee – “Get Off My Tip” 1986, K-Rob & DJ Cheese – “I’m A Homeboy” and Point Blank MCs “We Rock Hard To The Body” in 1987.

Check out the video for “The Message”

Additional information by Ed Roberts

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Author: JohnG

Administrator of OldSchoolHipHop.Com

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