1. Go See the Doctor
2. Dumb Dick (Richard)
3. Bad Mutha
4. Little Jon
5. Do You Know What Time it is?
6. Rock Steady
7. Monster Crack
8. The Best
9. I’m Kool Moe Dee
Kool Moe Dee became nationally recognized as a solo artist with his breakthrough album, “How Ya Like Me Now”, but in this reviewer’s opinion, his most complete album was the largely underrated debut, “I’m Kool Moe Dee”. Although he definitely enjoyed quite a few hit songs on his subsequent albums, none of his other projects matched the complete effort put forth on his introduction to the world as a dolo emcee. Maybe it was because he had a point to make….that not only was he a pioneer of the rap game to whom rap’s second generation of mic controllers were deeply indebted, but also that he should be considered one of the greatest rhyme-slayers to ever grip the steel and was still a force to be reckoned with.
Though short by today’s standards (9 cuts deep), this album is focused and to the point. It’s a tour de force of lyrical dexterity and vocabularic havoc. Moe showcases his skills as a master storyteller on the cuts “Dumb Dick (Richard)”, “Little John” and the immortal “Go See The Doctor”. “Monster Crack” was one of the 1st , and to this day, one of the best rap songs addressing the exploding devastation brought on by crack cocaine. Moe even managed to generate a bit of controversy with the macked out hit, “Do You Know What Time Is”…a song which was often referred to by Hip Hop’s detractors who regularly looked to label rap music as, among other things, largely misogynistic. In actuality, the song was more of an editorial on materialistic women than it was an attack on women in general.
“…but as the saying goes, save the best for last….”….and that is exactly what Kool Moe does here. “The Best” and the title cut “I’m Kool Moe Dee” are all-out lyrical assaults that put to rest any doubts that heads may have had about the old-schooler’s ability to hang with the best of the rap’s new generation. Both cuts feature Moe in battle mode, dropping lyrical bombs aimed straight to the dome. These were the cuts that set the table for the power move he later made with “How Ya Like Me Now”.
The final ingredient that solidifies this album as a true Hip Hop classic are the beats…here provided by a then up-and-coming beatmaster named Teddy Riley. Not to say that they’re among TR’s greatest, but the production value was tight and this project certainly was among the standard bearers in a series of immaculate studio sessions coming from Jive records’ stellar line up of Hip Hop acts. Submitted by Anonymous