Spoonie Gee

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Gabe Jackson, Harlem, New York, USA. Spoonie-Gee was so-called because he only ever ate with that utensil when he was a child. As a youngster he proved adept at poetry, and was often to be found hanging out at the Rooftop Club, where early DJs like DJ Hollywood and Brucie B held sway. His recording career began at Enjoy Records, whose owner, Bobby Robinson, was his uncle. His most notable records included ‘New Rap Language’ with the Treacherous Three, backed by his own standard, ‘Love Rap’, on the flip. It featured his brother, Pooche Costello, on congos. They had grown up together in the same house as Bobby Robinson, his wife acting as surrogate mother when her sister died when Spoonie was just 12. Later he cut the family ties to join the growing band of deserters housed on the competing Sugarhill Records imprint. His hits for the label included ‘Spoonie’s Back’ and ‘Monster Jam’, plus a reissue of his debut for Peter...

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