Douglas E. Davis (born September 17, 1966), better known by the stage name Doug E. Fresh, is an American rapper, record producer, and beat boxer, also known as the Human Beat Box. One of the earliest recorded beat boxers, Fresh is able to accurately imitate drum machines and various special effects using only his mouth, teeth, and gums
He made his recording debut in 1983, as part of the Boo-Dah Bliss Crew (with Spoonie Gee and DJ Spivey) on the Top Flight Records single "Pass the Boo-Dah." He gained greater recognition the following year—appearing in Beat Street, backing the Treacherous Three. Later that same year, Fresh released his first records as a solo artist: "Just Having Fun" and "Original Human Beat Box."
His 1985 single "The Show" (which borrows the melody of the Inspector Gadget theme), and its B-side, "La Di Da Di," are considered early hip hop classics. The single featured the Get Fresh Crew: DJs Barry B. and Chill Will, and MC Ricky D (who would later achieve fame as Slick Rick).
In 1986, Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew released their debut full-length album, Oh, My God! and was critically hailed for incorporating elements of reggae and gospel music. Besides "The Show," other notable tracks included "Play this Only at Night" and "All the Way to Heaven," the former of which incorporated the theme from the famous horror movie Phantasm. In 1988, another album, The World's Greatest Entertainer was released, which appeared on Billboard magazine's charts, due in part to the popular single "Keep Risin' to the Top." Slick Rick's input was not appreciated by the record label, Reality/Fantasy Records, and he was asked to leave the group. (Rick's 1989 solo debut, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick brought the MC greater success than he had attained as part of the Get Fresh Crew, reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts.)
In 1989, Fresh recorded the song "Spirit" for the Ghostbusters II soundtrack. A year later, he beatboxed for the song "Tag Team Partners" on Living Colour's second album Time's Up.
Fresh did not record again until 1992's Doin' What I Gotta Do, issued by MC Hammer's Bust It Records. Fresh also beatboxed the drum track of the song "Freaks", by dancehall reggae artist Li'l Vicious and also appeared in the video.
In 1995, Slick Rick and Fresh reunited for a track on an album titled Play, which found Fresh back on his feet. Play received positive reviews; Bret Love wrote that the record is "a welcome flashback to the days when guns, drugs, sex and violence were not the genre's primary lyrical focus."
In the late 1990s, Fresh collaborated with Prince on a number of recordings, notably Newpower Soul and the 1999, the New Master EP. Recently, Fresh appeared on VH1's I Love the 80s and on March 29, 2007, he appeared on Nickelodeon's ME:TV for Beat Box Week.
Fresh recorded the current theme used for the New York Knicks, in its highlight videos and during the pre-game warm-ups, titled "Take Me Home," based very much off of the John Denver hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads," in 2001.
Fresh also made a few Drum and Bass tracks in collaboration with E-Z Rollers in 2003, the most well-known being "Rhyme & Punishment."
On October 9, 2004, Fresh performed on stage with the Beastie Boys in Madison Square Garden. The performance was captured on video for the 2006 in-concert movie Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!.
On May 23, 2007, Fresh performed variations upon "The Show" with finalist Blake Lewis on the season-six finale of American Idol, the first ever hip-hop performance on the show, which was watched by over 200 million people around the world.
He has also hosted events for Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Bill Clinton and many other high-profile celebrities.
In 2008, his single "The Show" was ranked number 51 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
On April 5th, 2009 Doug E. Fresh performed at the Black Alumni All-Star Party. The event was held in Memorial Gymnasium (Virginia) at the prestigious University of Virginia.
Doin’ What I Gotta Do
Doin' What I Gotta Do is the third album released by Doug E. Fresh. It was released April 27, 1992, on Bust It Records, a sub-label of Capitol Records set up by MC Hammer, and was produced by Doug E. Fresh. Compared to his previous two albums, both of which are considered hip-hop classics, Doin' What I Gotta Do was neither a critical nor a commercial success, peaking at only #47 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The single "Bustin Out (On Funk)" made it to #28 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.
1. "D.O.A."- 1:07
2. "Bustin' Out (On Funk)"- 4:01
3. "The Get Fresh Crew"- 4:50
4. "Back in the Dayz"- 4:48
5. "If I Was Your Man"- 4:34
6. "Come in from the Rain"- 5:28
7. "I Need My Woman Tonight"- 5:00
8. "Check It Out"- 3:43
9. "The History"- 2:47
10. "Imagine Me Just Pumpin' It Up"- 4:01
11. "You Make Me Wanna Shout"- 4:42
12. "The Money Grip"- 3:39
13. "There's Nothing Better"- 4:26
14. "I Love Myself"- 5:17
15. "No"- 4:49
16. "Vida Mia"- 2:26
17. "Peace to New York"- 3:54