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The 10 Most Influential Caribbeans in Hip Hop Culture

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Hey Miss Jones! You need to get your ass in here and read the following list. This is a list of the 10 Most Influential Caribbeans in Hip Hop, and it was complied by a gentleman named Jeff Carroll for a recent article that can be read in it’s entirety over at daveyd.com’s message boards. If you’re wondering why I’m calling out Miss Jones specifically, it’s because the overgrown chickenhead had the nerve to go on the air during the NYC transit strike and come out her mouth sideways at West Indians. If you’re not familiar with the incident, go over to hiphopmusic.com where you can find a rundown of her comments and a great rebuttal from Playthell Benjamin of WBAI radio. As Davey D mentioned on his message boards, simply put there would be no Hip Hop, no Hot97, and no jobs for failed R&B singers if it wasn’t for most of the people on this list.
 

Kool DJ Herc, Clive Campbell, Kingston, Jamaica, born 1955

He is an undisputed founding member of Hip Hop. He held outdoor street parties in the Bronx, NYC in the late 70’s. He came to NYC at 10 years old and brought his Jamaican rhymes and attitude with him. Kool DJ Herc spun the musical breaks in all types of songs that kept his parties hype which demonstrated what Hip Hop was. He is credited with naming and promoting Hip Hop and is widely regarded as “The Father of Hip Hop.”


Grand Master Flash, Joseph Saddle, Barbados, Born 1958

As a DJ his skill at speed mixing popularized Hip Hop DJing and made him one of the World’s most recognized DJ’s. He has remained a DJing advocate ever since he stood his ground against the push to switch the group and DJ lead structure to an MC lead structure when his group

Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five split with MC Melly Mel. As a solo artist he produced 2 more albums with another group. He is credited with popularizing Hip Hop DJing and DJ producers.

Notorious B.I.G., Christopher Wallace, Jamaica, born 1972-1997

Considered the best lyricist ever in Hip Hop by many Hip Hoppers. Along with Hip Hop mogul Sean Puffy Combs he heightened the materialism as well the gangster image. He is credited with popularizing gangster rap. He legacy is still being made through the activities of his Patwa speaking mother.

Wyclef Jean, Croix-de-Bouquets, Haiti Born 1972

He probably reps for his Caribbean Island the most out of any other Hip Hopper. Born in Haiti, he moved to New Jersey at age 10. As a member of the group the Fugees he proudly boasts about his Haitian culture. He easily announced his nationality at a time when it was unpopular to say you were from Haiti because of nasty rumors that the man made AIDS disease came from there. Wyclef is credited for popularizing cultural awareness and pride.


Luther R. Campbell, Bahamian and Jamaican, Born 1960

Still the most famous Hip Hop figure to come out of Miami, Florida. As a member of the group T2 Live Crew, Luke pushed the limits of freedom of speech and was sued for selling sexually explicit lyrics to children. After winning the law suit he opened the door for more sexually charged rap lyrics. Since then he has produced many XXX videos. Luke is credited with advancing pornography in Hip Hop.

Doug E Fresh, Doug E Davis, Barbados, Born 1967

Hailed as the Greatest Entertainer in Hip Hop. Through the use of his mouth and charismatic personality Doug is still the most celebrated Beat Boxer in the world. A strict vegetarian he has steered his 20+ year career clear of gangster and sexually promotional songs. Doug was a member of the Stop the Violence movement and even toured Colleges raising social consciousness with The Get Busy Tour. Doug is credited with being a long lasting positive figure in Hip Hop.

Foxy Brown, Inga Marchaud, Trinidad/Asian, Born 1979

Foxy Brown is one of the most recognized Hip Hop females. In the 90’s her sexy outfits and gangster lyrics made her a top rap artist. Through the use of the sexually provocative costumes worn in Trinidad during the celebration of Carnival she helped popularize the sexiness of Hip Hop women. Foxy’s choice to use these carnival costumes designed to arouse men and get them to release their sexual sins as performance outfits credits her with increasing the importance of sexuality in Hip Hop clothes.

Fat Joe, Joseph Cartagena, Puerto Rico, 1970

He is currently the #1 Latino rapper in the world. He has attracted a bilingual audience with his heavy hitting English and Spanglish lyrics. With lyrics full of Puerto Rican pride, his chart topping songs have given not only Latinos from Puerto Rico worldwide recognition but, all Spanish speaking Caribbeans. Fat Joe is a Hip Hop icon. He is credited for making Latin culture something that everyone could enjoy.

Prince Markie Dee, Mark Morales, Puerto Rico, Born 1960

As the respected MC of the group The Fat Boys Prince Markie Dee took his fun image from records to film. His appearances in just 2 movies and music videos displayed a non-threatening example of Hip Hopper. He is currently a radio personality at Miami’s own 103.5 The Beat. He is credited with advancing Hip Hop’s youth appeal.

Busta Rhymes, Trevor Smith Jr., Jamaica born 1972

One of the Hottest rappers in Hip Hop history with a unique style that has given him number one hits for over 15 years. He has been able to get respect from all Hip Hoppers by having an image that is not gangster or perverted. The content of Busta’s songs are on a variety of subjects. He is credited with being a long lasting Hip Hop celebrity that is entertaining enough to rock a crowd just like the hardest hardcore thugged out, sex promoting rappers.

I’m not too sure about including Foxy and Fat Joe, but I can live with it.  Another thing I should mention is alot of Puerto Rican’s and Dominican’s don’t realize they are considered ‘Caribbean’ for whatever reason. Well I’m here to let you know that Miss Jones was talking to you too when she called us ‘coconuts’. So don’t fool yourselves and think "Oh, she wasn’t referring to me", because she was.  Me personally, I stopped listening to the Hot97 morning show after the whole Tsunami song debacle, but now I’d like to encourage any of you reading this who live in the NY area to also boycott the show until Miss Jones is removed from the air. Honestly, I don’t see why Emmis execs would want to keep her on anyway, the show is nothing more than a 4 hour cluck fest, and who really wants to hear that so early in the morning?


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26 Responses to “The 10 Most Influential Caribbeans in Hip Hop Culture”

  1. thekid10705 Says:

    AH SHIT…I see Flash and Doug Fresh are not the only one’s representing the isle of Barbados….

  2. eskay Says:

    ^ That’s right! Bajan’s stand up!

  3. Jay Smooth Says:

    word, only thing I need to mention is they left out Bam.

  4. eskay Says:

    ^ Yeah, they did, but Davey D updated the message board post to mention that Bam contacted him and wanted it to be known that he is also of Caribbean descent.

  5. e-dubbs Says:

    Interesting article but watch your mouth when you talk about Ms Jones.

  6. eskay Says:

    dubbs, let her go, she ain’t worth it

  7. Good Grief Says:

    They Left out Heavy D

  8. Good Grief Says:

    Nas too, Half african Half Jamaican

  9. Demiks Says:

    My whole family immigrated from St. Johns, Barbados. One of my grandfathers lost a good friend to Hurricane Ivan.

  10. Mo'Nique Says:

    i will jus like to say she needs to get a hold of her self and look in the mirror for her to call others coconuts is rediculos she might as well through herself in the mix. now i m not offended or upset because my family is a mix of trinidad, philipeno, and jamaican and i got family that was married into the family that are of different backgrounds i guess what im sayin is she is probably mixed the same way.

  11. eskay Says:

    yo Mo’Nique, where you been girl, you been MIA for a minute now.

  12. e-dubbs Says:

    that pic bad.. get Ms Jones slim fast and she can be top 5 again though.

  13. Rav Says:

    I grew up listening to Hot97 and one of my favorite memories is way back when Wendy Williams was on and Miss Jones was filling in for random hosts at different times. Wendy came on the shift after Miss Jones was subbing in and starts talking to her about getting some lipo done. Totally shouted her out. I’m not a big fan of Wendy Williams, but that was classic – a memory that got sweeter after I heard about the tsunami song.

    I also remember Angie Martinez punching Wendy Williams in the face when Wendy went on air and talked about Angie’s relationship with Q-Tip.

    Now I’m all misty eyed.

  14. e-dubbs Says:

    ^ Angie is the wackest host ever though.. I think he lips are permamently attatched to Jay-Z’s d*ck. I still remember after Nas won the fans vote 2 days in a row as the winner of the JayZ/Nas beef, she refused to acknowledge it.. “I hate to say it but our fans really blew this one. Theres no way Jay-Z lost” -Angie.. Get the eff outta here.. Vampire toothed bitch.

  15. baller Says:

    what about AZ, Dominican Republic

  16. Brooklyn 's finest Says:

    BIG is Haitian- Jamaican !!!!!!!!! ( voletta walace is jamaican but his father is haitian . I got the DVD where Biggie said ” my mom is jamiacan but my dad who died when I was a
    little boy was haitian “.

    Jay-Z and Foxy ( Inga Marchand not marchaud !!!) are both HAITIAN too .
    Jigga is of haitian descent by his dad but his mom is american and foxy by his mom (but her father from trini ).

    One love for all my caribbeans !!!!

    Brooklyn’s Finest . peace out

  17. Blood Hound aka Slum Lord Says:

    My little brother is 1/2 Puerto Rican 1/2 Black.

    I’m 1/2 Honduran and 1/2 black.

    Poppa was a rolling stone! He liked spanish broads!

  18. big Says:

    big is haitian

  19. peanutskin Says:

    Grand masterflash was from barbados……… ya ras soul ….

  20. NYHoneyToy Says:

    I am so sick of all those haitians that are trying to claim celebs. Big is no way haitian nor the rest of the people you listed. Wyclef is your only celeb that made it big time (oh, and let’s not forget Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon). It’s not other Caribbeans fault that your island is poor and has no talent.Get over yourselves….

  21. Hypestyle Says:

    Also, you can’t forget about Kris Parker, aka KRS-One. His birth father was from Trinidad, and reportedly was deported a few years after he was born.. original birth-name unknown– but he ended up taking his stepfather’s name, Parker..

  22. Mike Dynamo Says:

    NyHoneyToy,

    Eat a dick, aint nobody tryin to claim motherfuckas! If you so sick of Haitians claiming celebs, motherfucka, you should push back and eat this dick!!!!

    Those that set the precedence for greatness are often pillaged and left to rebuild………Haiti set the precedence for halfass backward baboons like yourself and is the epitome of a free state, you unintelligent, academically challenged shithead! Course being a thorn in Western Civilization’s side will cost you. We’re still paying for France’s hate, America’s Hate and the world is watching………………….

    Oh, and we got talent………………but this is a futile debate. You’re not ready and do not have the mental faculty to hold such a discourse.

  23. ASWAH Says:

    HAHAHA WHAT DO PUERTO RICANS GOT TO DO WITH WEST INDIANS NADA GOT DAMN THING SO TAKE THEM SPAINARDS OFF THE LIST YOU GOT MOFOS NAMING SPANISH PEOPLE THIS AINT GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH EUROPEANS LOL WEST INDIANS SPEAK FRENCH, ENGLISH BUT ARE NOT ENGLISHMEN AND FRENCHMEN

    AMERICANS, BAJANS,JAMAICANS, TRINIS, TORTOLANS, ST KITTS WE ALL BLACK

    MIKE DYNAMO STFU YOU MAKE NO SENSE…..YOU SOUND LIKE YOU BLAMING BLACK AMERICANS WHO IN FRONT DONT RUN AMERICA

  24. ASWAH Says:

    and fat joe wasnt born in pr LOL who was born in NYC

  25. Hell no b**tch Says:

    i am so at at this motherfucker i can’t even concentrate.
    GO to this website bitch; http://www.fr.wikipedia.org when u scroll down in the left side type jay-z, beyonce, missy eliot, p.ddy so u can read about their descent of them . ur fucking ass could have been still in slave if haitian were not stand up.that’s where martin luther king get inspired, no other country ever stood up for their right untill haitian fought a bloody battle to liberate ur ass bitch. we were richest colony in the caribean in 18-19 century. not only dat we were the only peple who came to help american forces to fight the british soldiers in oct 9, 1779 during the revolution at that time ur ass was in farm working for the white people while we were free under white and we were not begging for it we got it by force ok bitch go back to school so u can learn ur history.we were the first black republic in the world. in american continent we were the second country after usa to gained independence after that country like jamaica, trinidad, etc were still under white and they are stii under command . we re our chief we got no body who are here to tell us what to do.

  26. ELRIDGE JACOBS Says:

    CUBANS PUERTO RICANS,AND DOMINCINS R WEST INDIAN THEY HAVE MORE OF NATIVE CARIBBEAN INDIAN IN THERE BLOOD LINES.THE WEST INDIES WAS NAMED AFTER PEOPLES WHO LOOK LIKE INDIANS.DONT FORGET MARGARITA THE VENEZUALAN CARIBBEAN ISLAND THAT IS APART OF THE WEST INDIES.REMEMBER BLACK AFRICANS ARE NOT INDIANS.WHO IN THE CARIBBEAN LOOK MORE LIKE THE ARAWAKS AND THE CARIBS.PEACE CRUZIAN

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