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Original Concept

Background information
Origin Long Island, New York
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1986–1988
Labels Def Jam
Associated acts Public Enemy
Beastie Boys
Former members
Doctor Dré
Rapper G
Easy G
Wildman Steve

Original Concept is an 80's hip hop group from Long Island, New York, arguably known best for their single, “Can You Feel It.” They only made one album and it was notable for the absence of lyrics on many of the tracks. The group is perhaps more well known for their production prowess and instrumentals than anything else.


In the early 1980s, a group of young men at WBAU FM formed a group called the "Concept Crew." Their show “The Operating Room” was broadcast on Monday nights from Adelphi University on the same station which featured the Spectrum City DJs (Chuck D and Flavor Flav) who later went on to form Public Enemy. The members were Doctor Dré, T-Money, Rapper G, Easy G and Wildman Steve. By 1986 The group began calling themselves "Original Concept" and had released their first record, "Kowledge Me" in February of that year. The B-Side of "Knowledge Me" went on to become their first single, "Can You Feel It." The single has since gone on to become one of the most sampled source records in hip-hop music.

In 1988, the group was signed to Def Jam Records and in the Fall of that year they released their first and only album, Straight From the Basement of Kooley High LP on Def Jam. The album features a notable but small cameo by Beastie Boys member, Mike D. on the track, "She's Got a Moustache". The album features samples from the likes of The Jackson 5, The Fat Boys, Run-D.M.C., and P-Funk.

Where Are They Now?

The members of the group were generally more successful in their subsequent solo careers as TV personalities and radio DJs than they were as a hip-hop group.

  • Doctor Dré - went on to become a DJ for the Beastie Boys, a host for Yo! MTV Raps and a hip-hop radio host with Ed Lover.
  • T-Money - went on to become a host for Yo! MTV Raps.
  • Rapper G - ???
  • Easy G - ???
  • Wildman Steve - ???


Album information
Straight From the Basement of Kooley High


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