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Kool DJ Red Alert Turns Sixty-Six

The legendary disc jockey from Harlem, New York Kool DJ Red Alert turns sixty-six today. Considered the pioneer of Hip-Hop who brought the underground rap culture to the world through WRKS 98.7 Kiss FM in NYC, Red Alert put some of the finest Hip-Hop acts on the map including A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah & Black Sheep.

As per many, Red Alert – real name Frederick Crute – is one of the founding fathers of Hip-Hop in Harlem and the Bronx. Some of his trend-setting records and productions include Boogie Down Productions’ ‘Jimmy,’ The Jungle Brothers’ classic songs ‘Jimbrowski’ and ‘Beyond This World,’ and A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Pubic Enemy’. Red Alert had played a pivotal role in Hip-Hop’s iconic radio show Funk Flex in its early days too.

Listen to ‘Public Enemy’ by A Tribe Called Quest from their debut studio album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm here. The iconic LP was released on April 17th 1990 and mixed by Kool DJ Red Alert.

Since you’re here, listen to one of Kool DJ Red Alert’s earliest mixes with KRS-1 & DJ Scott La Rock on KISS FM below.