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From 1996 Album: “Let Me Clear My Throat”…[Artist info below]…..
John W. Bowman, Jr., better known by his stage name DJ Kool is an American rapper who, in the late 1990s, produced several popular rap singles. Born in 1959
in Washington, D.C., his influence from his years of working the go-go and rap circuits became apparent in his music. During the early- to mid-1980s, Kool
worked as a warm-up DJ for Rare Essence, until he was picked up by CLR Records.
In 1996, he recorded his most successful track, “Let Me Clear My Throat,” which was released on American Recordings. The track peaked at #8 in the UK Singles
Chart in March 1997. The song prominently featured a sample of “The 900 Number” by DJ Mark the 45 King, (that song featured a sample from Marva Whitney’s
“Unwind Yourself”, repeated over a breakbeat for six minutes). The song also began by sampling “Hollywood Swinging” by Kool and the Gang. The song is a
recognizable dance floor-filler, and the track remains popular to this day. DJ Kool was featured on Mýa’s 2006 single “Ayo!” from her 2008 album Liberation.
He was also featured on two tracks on Will Smith’s 2005 album Lost and Found.
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