Schoolly D

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Jesse B. Weaver, Jr. (born June 22, 1966), better known by the stage name Schoolly D, is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Schoolly D teamed up with DJ Code Money in the mid-1980s. His lyrics reflected urban realism, violence, and sexual bravado, making Schoolly D's music one of the precursors to gangsta rap. He later embraced an afrocentric style, working together with KRS-One.[1]

Later, Schoolly D contributed songs and music to many Abel Ferrara films, such as the title track from Am I Black Enough For You?, which was played during the climactic shoot-out in Ferrara's King of New York, the title track of this movie from How a Black Man Feels and "Signifying Rapper" (from Schoolly's album Smoke Some Kill), which was used in the director's Bad Lieutenant.[2] Because Led Zeppelin successfully sued due to an uncleared interpolation of their song "Kashmir" in "Signifying Rapper," the song was omitted from the soundtrack of the film and indeed from subsequent releases of the Bad Lieutenant.[2]

Schoolly also wrote "The Player" for Ferrara's film The Blackout, as well as the score to Ferrara's 'R Xmas. In 2006, Schoolly D co-wrote the indie film soundtrack of the historical science fiction thriller Order of the Quest with Chuck Treece. The project series is produced by Benjamin Barnett, and Jay D Clark of Media Bureau. His last album, Funk 'N Pussy, features guest appearances by Public Enemy's Chuck D, Chuck Chillout, Lady B and a drum and bass remix of the classic Schoolly D track "Mr. Big Dick" (remixed by UK trip-hop crew The Sneaker Pimps).

Schoolly also does the music and occasional narration for the cult animated series Aqua Teen Hunger Force on the Cartoon Network channel in its Adult Swim programming block. He also created the song "Sharkian Nights" for the animated series 12 oz. Mouse.

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