Frederick Crute – Kool DJ Red Alert
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Frederick Crute – Kool DJ Red Alert


Frederick Crute was born on November 27th,1959, is better known as Kool DJ Red Alert, he rose to fame on WRKS 98.7 Kiss FM and is recognized as one of the founding fathers of hip-hop music and culture. Born In Antigua, West Indies, and grew up in Harlem, but he begun to form his footprint in the Bronx as he graduated from DeWitt Clinton Highschool. Red alert is one of the first deejays to perform with the architects of the hip hop Universal Zulu Nation group and he build his radio show’s fanbase by shouting out to listeners within the Tri-State Area. Red Alert has also been noted for breaking in such acts and artists as A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, and Black Sheep. Red Alert also played a vital role in The Bridge Wars beginning in 1986, as his legend continue to grow. He currently holds the all-time record for the most guest appearances among all hip hop artists and personalities in the history of music videos. When cassette tapes gained popularity in the 1970s, Red Alert was the first disc jockey to record mix compilation albums, which were later known as mixtapes. He was also the first mix show disc jockey to introduce dancehall to mainstream radio. He has been named one of the 50 most influential people in music by Rolling Stone magazine. Additionally, he is the only hip-hop deejay honored with a display in the Radio Section of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been appointed by the United Nations as an honorary Ambassador to Music.

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