Fred Brathwaite (born 1960), more popularly known as Fab 5 Freddy, is an American Hip hop historian, Hip hop pioneer and former graffiti artist. Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Hip hop music, also referred to as rap music, is a Music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with Graffiti (singular graffito; the plural is used as a Mass noun) is the name for images or lettering scratched scrawled painted or marked in any manner on property He was active in New York City in the 1970s and early 1980s. The City of New York This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. He is credited with helping to broaden the exposure of Hip-hop beyond The Bronx. Hip hop is a cultural movement which developed in New York City in the 1970s primarily among African Americans and Latinos.
In late-1980, Freddy was cast along with fellow Lower East Side graffiti writer Lee Quinones in Glen O'Brien's film Downtown 81 (1981). The Lower East Side is a Neighborhood in the southeastern part of the New York City borough of Manhattan. Lee Quiñones, born 1960 in Ponce Puerto Rico and raised in New York, is one of the most important Graffiti artists Some of his paintings Glenn O'Brien is primarily a writer of non-fiction articles largely on the subjects of music and fashion Downtown 81 (aka New York Beat Movie) is a film that was shot in 1980 - 1981. That film showcased artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in his Lower Manhattan environment and the music that surrounded it. Jean-Michel Basquiat ( December 22 1960 - August 12, 1988) was an American Artist. Lower Manhattan (or downtown Manhattan) is the southernmost part of the island of Manhattan, the main island and center of business and government of the Shortly after, Freddy began production along with filmmaker Charlie Ahearn on his film Wild Style (1982), which showcased artist Lee Quinones in the Uptown, Manhattan environment of the Bronx and the music that surrounded it. For Charlie Ahearn director of Wild Style, please see Charlie Ahearn (director Charles Ahearn (dates of birth and death unknown was Wild Style was the first hip hop Motion picture. Released independently in 1982 by First Run Features and later re-released for home video Lee Quiñones, born 1960 in Ponce Puerto Rico and raised in New York, is one of the most important Graffiti artists Some of his paintings Uptown in Manhattan, New York City, refers to the northern part of Manhattan generally speaking north of 59th Street. In April 1981, Freddy was booked on Michael Holman and Keith Haring's art show "Beyond Words" at the Mudd Club, which also featured Afrika Bambaataa. Michael Holman is best known as the host of the short-lived Hip hop music program Graffiti Rock. Keith Haring ( May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) was an artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City The Mudd Club was a TriBeCa Nightclub that was opened in October 1978 by publisher Steve Mass art curator Diego Cortez and singer Anya Philips. Afrika Bambaataa (born Kevin Donovan on April 17, 1957) is an American DJ from the South Bronx, who was instrumental in the This was the first time the Bronx hip-hop scene appeared in the Downtown NYC art-scene. Hip hop is a cultural movement which developed in New York City in the 1970s primarily among African Americans and Latinos. The following month, Freddy was booked on Henry Chalfant's "Graffiti Rock" performance with Rock Steady Crew at Common Ground gallery in SoHo (not to be confused with Holman's Graffiti Rock TV show pilot). Henry Chalfant (born January 2, 1940 in Sewickley Pennsylvania, USA) is a well known and highly regarded urban culture photographer Rock Steady Crew is a Breakdancing crew and hip hop group that was established in the Bronx, This article is about an area of Manhattan, New York City. For the area in London UK see Soho. Graffiti Rock was a hip-hop based television program originally screened June 29, 1984. That show was cancelled due to violence, but was rescheduled in October at another venue called "The Kitchen". After the Rock Steady Crew and Afrika Bambaataa were booked as the opening act for Bow Wow Wow at The Ritz nightclub in September 1981, Ruza Blue decided to book them at Negril and begin a night called "Wheels of Steel". Bow Wow Wow was a 1980s New Wave band managed by former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren during 1980 The Ritz was a New York City rock club in the 1980s History The Ritz was founded in 1980 by Jerry Brandt on 11th Street between Third and Negril is a large beach resort located across parts of two Jamaican Parishes Westmoreland and Hanover. That became so popular that it was closed down by the fire department for over-capacity, and Freddy helped Blue (whom he dubbed "Kool Lady Blue") find another home for the party. Together they chose The Roxy roller rink in NYC, which gained national fame once used in the film Beat Street (1984). The Roxy was a fashionable nightclub on Neal Street in London 's Covent Garden, known for hosting the flowering British Punk music scene in its infancy "Beat Street" may also refer to Orange Street in Kingston Jamaica.
Fab 5 Freddy was referenced in Blondie's 1981 hit song "Rapture". Blondie is an American rock band that first gained fame in the late 1970s and has so far sold over 60 million records Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 " Rapture " is a single by Blondie. It was released in January 1981 during the height of the band's success and became one of the first substantial hit singles The "Rapture" video, in which Freddy has a brief cameo, (actually, Fab 5 Freddy was ill the day of the shoot, so artist Jean-Michel Basquiat took his place behind the turntables) was the first hip-hop video to be shown on MTV. Hip hop music, also referred to as rap music, is a Music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with MTV ( Music Television) is an American Cable television network based in New York City. In 1983, Fab 5 Freddy produced a hip-hop version of "Eisgekühlter Bommerlunder" called Hip Hop Bommi Bop"together with German punk rock band Die Toten Hosen which is said to be the very first co-production of Punk and Hip Hop. Eisgekühlter Bommerlunder is a German song It is well known in Northern Germany and many north-Germans can sing the lyrics and can sometimes be sung as a Drinking song Die Toten Hosen is a German punk band from Düsseldorf. They have enjoyed decades-long mass appeal in Germany In 1988 Freddy became the first hip-hop VJ by hosting the MTV music video show entitled "Yo! MTV Raps. Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) Hip hop music, also referred to as rap music, is a Music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with A music video is a Short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music most commonly a Song with lyrics Yo! MTV Raps is a two-hour American Television Music video program which ran from August 1988 to August 1995 " He later went on to be an associate producer on 1991 hit New Jack City and also appeared in the movie. New Jack City is a 1991 Crime - thriller / Neo-noir film starring Wesley Snipes, Ice T  In 1994 he directed the music video "One Love" by emcee Nas. Nasir Jones, nɑːˈsiər (born September 14 1973 better known by his Stage name Nas, nɑːz formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper 
A graffiti art piece titled "Mr. Potato head" (1983) by Fab 5 Freddy has been displayed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art as part of their 2006 "Graffiti" exhibit. The Brooklyn Museum, located at 200 Eastern Parkway, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, is the second-largest Art museum in 
Fab 5 Freddy had a guest appearance on the February 13, 2007, episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent titled "Flipped. Events 1258 - Baghdad falls to the Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Law & Order Criminal Intent is an American Television series set in New York City. "
Fab 5 Freddy's 1982 single "Change The Beat" ends with the processed vocalization: "Aah this stuff is really fresh. " This is arguably the most important sample in turntablism/scratch DJ history as most aspiring DJs (and most accomplished DJs) regularly use it to scratch with due to its versatility. The line shows up in hits such as Herbie Hancock's "Rockit". Herbert Jeffrey Hancock ("Herbie" born April 12 1940 is a Jazz Pianist and Composer. " Rockit " is a hit Song recorded by Herbie Hancock. It was released as a single from his 1983 album Future Shock
Both in real life and in the film Wild Style (1983), Braithwaite was a catalyst for action and change in the hip hop community. Wild Style was the first hip hop Motion picture. Released independently in 1982 by First Run Features and later re-released for home video In the book Yes Yes Ya’ll (2002), Braithwaite is described as a “hip-hop renaissance man who helped bring graffiti and hip-hop culture to the downtown art scene” (Frick & Ahearn xiii). He strived to connect the artistic elements and participants within the hip hop community he partook in. Not only did Braithwaite participate in hip hop culture as a graffiti artist, he also frequently partook in the lower side’s avant-garde art scene. He started to notice connections between the art and music scene in lower Manhattan and the hip hop scene in the South Bronx. The South Bronx is a region of the New York City Borough of The Bronx. Braithwaite’s passion for synthesizing diverse aspects of art and culture formed as a major building block for hip hop's development in mainstream culture.
Fab Five Freddy also directed numerous music videos, including “My Philosophy” by Boogie Down Productions and both cuts of “Wake Up” by Brand Nubian, and “Who Am I (What's My Name)?” by Snoop Dogg. Boogie Down Productions was a hip hop group originally comprised of KRS-One, D-Nice, and DJ Scott La Rock. Brand Nubian is a hip hop group from New Rochelle New York, consisting of three MCs Grand Puba (born Maxwell Dixon March 4, 1966 " Who Am I (What's My Name? " is the solo debut single from rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg 's Debut album Doggystyle. Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr (born October 20 1971 His mother nicknamed him " Snoopy " as a child because of the way he dressed and because of his love of
Fab Five Freddy has a small cameo role in the movie American Gangster. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
He has also designed clothes for the hip-hop clothes company Fifty24SF.