Fab Five Freddy

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Date of Birth August 31, 1959
Place of Birth New York
Age 61 years old
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Fab Five Freddy

Fred Brathwaite, more popularly known as Fab 5 Freddy, is an American visual artist, filmmaker, and hip hop pioneer. 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. He was immortalized in 1981 when Harry rapped on the Blondie song "Rapture" that "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 telecast hip-hop music video show Yo! MTV Raps.

Birth name: Fred Brathwaite
Born: Aug 31, 1959
Origin: Bedford–Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres: Hip hop
Occupation(s): Visual artist, filmmaker
Years active: 1978–present
Associated acts: The Fabulous 5
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About Fab Five Freddy

Known best for his 1982 hit R&B track "Change the Beat," this rapper and songwriter also became famous as a member of a Brooklyn graffiti artists' group called The Fabulous 5.

Before Fame

Early in his career, he worked as a film cameraman and also appeared on a Glenn O'Brien-hosted television program called TV Party.


He directed hip hop artist Nas's 1994 "One Love" music video.

Family Life

Born Fred Brathwaite, he grew up in Brooklyn, New York as the son of jazz music enthusiast parents.


He is mentioned in a lyric in the Deborah Harry and Blondie song "Rapture."

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