Fab Five Freddy

Musical Artist

1959 –

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Who is Fab Five Freddy?

Fred Brathwaite, more popularly known as Fab 5 Freddy, is a hip hop pioneer, visual artist and filmmaker. He emerged in New York's downtown underground creative scene in the late 1970s as a camera operator and a regular guest on Glenn O'Brien's public access cable show, TV Party. There he met Chris Stein and Debbie Harry. In 1981, courtesy of a name check on Stein and Harry's new wave group Blondie's single "Rapture," he was immortalized when she rapped, "Fab 5 Freddy told me everybody's fly." In the late 1980s, Fab 5 Freddy became the first host of the groundbreaking and first internationally telcast hip-hop music video show, Yo! MTV Raps.

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Born
1959
Brooklyn
Also known as
  • Fab 5 Freddy
  • Frederick Brathwaite
  • Fab Five Freddy Braithwaite
  • Fab 5 Freddie
  • Fred Brathwaite
  • Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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