Fab 5 Freddy

Fab 5 Freddy

A hip hop pioneer, and the only person in this festival to receive a name drop on Blondie’s 1981 single “Rapture,” Fab 5 Freddy was originally a member of the graffiti crew Fabulous 5, which specialized in painting entire subway cars. In 1980, he co-curated the art show Futura 2000 at the Mudd Club which included works by himself, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. A pioneer in more ways than we can count, he was the first host of Yo! MTV Raps, he co-produced the influential street scene movie Wild Style, he sang on and produced hip hop albums that helped launch the rap scenes in Germany and France, and his brief line of dialogue on the 1982 single “Change the Beat” has been sampled on over 750 tracks, making it one of the most sampled lyrics in hip hop history.