Academic Historian

Dr. Daudi Abe is a Seattle-based professor, writer and historian who has taught courses on culture, race, gender, communication, education, hip-hop and sports for over 20 years. He is the author of the book 6 ‘N the Morning: West Coast Hip-Hop Music 1987-1992 & the Transformation of Mainstream Culture (2013) and From Memphis and Mogadishu: The History of African Americans in Martin Luther King County, Washington, 1858-2014 at He has spoken in schools and prisons, written articles for The Stranger and the op-ed page of The Seattle Times, and appeared on national media such as MSNBC and “The Tavis Smiley Show.” Dr. Abe holds a PhD in Education from the University of Washington. His forthcoming book is Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle.

Eric Lynn “Eazy-E” Wright (1963-1995)

Eazy-E, pioneering West Coast rapper, producer and record label executive, was born Eric Lynn Wright to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California on September 3, 1963.  His mother was a school administrator while his father worked at the post office. Eazy dropped out of … Read MoreEric Lynn “Eazy-E” Wright (1963-1995)

Calvin Cordozar “Snoop Lion/Snoop Doggy Dogg” Broadus (1971- )

Snoop Lion, also known as Snoop Doggy Dogg, was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus to Beverly Tate and Vernell Varnado in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 1971.  Named for his adoptive stepfather Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Sr., Snoop was nicknamed “Snoopy” as a child by his … Read MoreCalvin Cordozar “Snoop Lion/Snoop Doggy Dogg” Broadus (1971- )

Andre Romelle “Dr. Dre” Young (1965- )

Dr. Dre, pioneering West Coast hip-hop producer, rapper and entrepreneur was born Andre Romelle Young in Compton, California on February 18, 1965. His father Theodore and his mother Verna were both singers and members of bands before and after Dre was born.  His parents soon separated … Read MoreAndre Romelle “Dr. Dre” Young (1965- )

O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson (1969- )

Groundbreaking West Coast “gangsta” rapper, actor, screenwriter, executive producer and director Ice Cube was born O’Shea Jackson on June 15, 1969, to Doris and Hosea Jackson in Los Angeles, California.  The Jacksons were a working class family; Hosea was a  groundskeeper at UCLA, and Doris worked … Read MoreO’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson (1969- )

Anthony “Sir Mix-A-Lot” Ray (1963- )

Sir Mix-A-Lot, pioneering Pacific Northwest rapper and producer, was born Anthony Ray in Seattle, Washington on August 12, 1963.  He grew up in Seattle’s Central District and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1981.  Early on, Mix-A-Lot had an ear and a passion for music.  … Read MoreAnthony “Sir Mix-A-Lot” Ray (1963- )