Hip-Hop Icon and Pioneer
Spoonie Gee, Gabriel Jackson, (born 1962) is Thee First Solo Rap Artist to record and release a record on wax in 1979. He is among a small group of rap artists to release records in the 1970s. He is well known for many of his lyrical terms, one being, “One for the Trouble, Two for the Time” and some of the themes in his music were precursors of gangsta rap and love rap.
Spoonie Gee was born in Harlem, New York City, he received his nickname Spoonie as a child, because the spoon was the only utensil that he used to eat with. When his mother died at a young age, he went to live with his uncle, the record producer Bobby Robinson, in whose apartment he began to practice rapping.
His first recording came about after Peter Brown visited Robinsons record store and mentioned that he was looking to make a rap record. Spoonies name was suggested, and he recorded "Spoonin Rap", which was released on Browns Sound Of New York, USA imprint, featuring a lyric that included jailhouse references that would later become common in Gangsta rap, and with echo applied to vocals in a similar way to many Jamaican deejay records. Spoonie Gee has been described as "the original gangster rapper".
He then recorded for Robinsons Enjoy! Records, his first release for the label being the similarly minimalistic "Love Rap" (on which he was accompanied on Congas by his brother Pooche Costello), issued on the B-side of the Treacherous Threes "New Rap Language" (on which he also featured), leading to his early nickname of The Love Rapper. Jackson was a founding member of the Treacherous Three, along with L.A. Sunshine and Kool Moe Dee. The group added Special K as a member when Jackson left to record his first single. The group was named Spoonie Gee and the Treacherous Three when Jackson returned for a period before going solo.
He left Enjoy! and moved to Sugarhill Records, where he enjoyed further hits with "Spoonies Back" and the collaboration with The Sequence on "Monster Jam". He moved on again to Aaron Fuchs Tuff City label, on which the majority of his later output was issued, including "Thats My Style", on which he attacked Schoolly D for copying his style. By the mid-1980s, he was also working in a rehabilitation centre for people with learning disabilities. His career took off once again in 1987 with his debut album, The Godfather of Rap, produced by Marley Marl and Teddy Riley, which was released on the Tuff City label.
In the mid-1990s a compilation of his work, Godfather of Hip Hop, was issued on the Ol Skool Flava label. In the mid-2000s, he returned with a new EP, The Boss is Back.
May of 2014, Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three were inducted into The Hip Hop Hall of Fame. He is one of the main pioneers that truly lives and breathes Hip Hop and is very passionate about continuing in its greatness through his legacy. He is currently in the studio working on a new project and is looking forward to helping his community.
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