Fab 5 Freddy is a cultural pioneer who played a key role in bringing hip-hop culture to audiences around the world.
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Fab 5 Freddy is a cultural pioneer who played a key role in bringing hip-hop culture to audiences around the world. Born Fred Brathwaite in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, he was a graffiti artist who famously paid homage to Andy Warhol by covering an entire subway car in Campbell’s soup cans. He first emerged in New York’s downtown underground creative scene in the late 1970s as a graffiti artist. From there, Fab began to exhibit his paintings on canvas in major galleries in New York and abroad.
Fab was immortalized by Debbie Harry in the lyrics for her song “Rapture,” was the star of the 1981 film Wild Style, and was the first host of Yo! MTV Raps. He is also the director of dozens of groundbreaking music videos and commercials for artists such as Queen Latifah, KRS-One, Nas, Snoop Doggy Dog, and many more. Fab 5 Freddy is considered one of the architects of the “street art” movement, along with Lee Quinones, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and others.