Oral History Information
Kool DJ Red Alert, from Harlem New York, grew up listening to the Caribbean music of his grandparents as well as his brother's record collection. He was greatly inspired the day he first witnessed the father of Hip Hop, Kool DJ Herc, performing. He soon began bringing his turntables out to the park to play music for the people. He was one of the earliest Hip Hop DJs on the radio which he continues to do today! Red Alert is widely known for his vibrato-style vocal chant "YEAAAAaaaaaah!" Kool DJ Red Alert had a small Hip Hop management company in the late 1980s called Red Alert Productions, which managed the careers of acts such as the Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Monie Love, and Black Sheep.