Rare footage of Hip Hop legend Kool Moe Dee talking about Tupac Shakur has surfaced online this week.
Mohandas Dewese, better known as Kool Moe Dee, was a member of the 1970’s pioneering Hip Hop group, The Treacherous Three. The group are thought to be the originators of fast rapping, therefore influencing many artists coming up.
As a result of the Treacherous Three splitting in 1985, Dewese went solo. His career was successful, with his second album, ‘How Ya Like Me Now’, achieving platinum certification by the RIAA.
Like many artists, Kool Moe Dee starred in a number of movies, including the 1997 crime drama, Gang Related. Starring alongside Tupac Shakur and Jim Belushi, he played the character, Lionel Hudd. It’s this experience with Tupac that the Hip Hop pioeneer calls upon when appearing on The Geraldo Rivera Show.
Originally airing after Tupac died in 1996, the episode titled ‘Thug Life, Imitating Art’, explores the life of Tupac. Describing his co-star as “very intelligent and very articulate”, the Hip Hop pioneer says he had a two-sided personality. Speaking to host Geraldo Rivera about how Tupac was while on the set of Gang Related, Kool Moe Dee says that Tupac also revealed to him his plans beyond music.
Dressed in all black with dark glasses, Kool Moe Dee said; “He talked a lot about what he was going to do and what his direction was. He was very specific in saying that he had enough of the quote-unquote Thug Life from the rap perspective and he was going to focus on his movie career.”
Furthermore, he reveals another conversation between himself and Tupac regarding completing a record for the soundtrack. For the reason that he was a member of the ‘Stop The Violence Movement’ set up by KRS-One, Kool Moe Dee spoke with Tupac because of concerns about contributing to a song about violence.
Consequently, Kool Moe Dee felt that doing this type of record was the antithesis of what his image portrayed. He added, “On the one hand I was excited to work with him and do the record. But on the other hand realizing the terms quote-unquote Death Row and the gang violence and the gangsta rap persona reeks, I didn’t know if I wanted to participate from that end.”