Folklife People: Kan-Dee-Krew

273986
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Hip hop group Kan-Dee-Krew formed in Belle Glade in the mid-1980s. The Krew consisted of Terrance Coffie, Emanuel Harden, Rodney Rumph, Duane Rumph, Charles Plummer, and Elijah Thomas. Heavily influenced by Run-DMC (one of the most popular hip hop groups at the time), the Kan-Dee-Krew delivered energetic lyrics with accompanying vocals that overlap. Unlike some of their counterparts in the genre, however, the group focused on a message of community improvement. Kan-Dee-Krew used hip hop music as a way to connect with children and the underrepresented by promoting learning and warning against the dangers of drug abuse with songs like "Education" and "Crack is Whack." The group maintained these principles while still exhibiting the braggadocio and style typical of hip-hop, as demonstrated by their "Fresh" and "Nikes and Reeboks."
Type
interactive resource
Folklife People: Kan-Dee-Krew

Rap group Kan-Dee-Krew performing at a medical center Wellington, Florida

108959
Date
1987
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA3010
The rap group Kan-Dee-Krew

Members of Kan-Dee-Krew at a performance for a medical center - Wellington, Florida.

108958
Date
1987
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA3009
Members of Kan-Dee-Krew

Rap group Kan-Dee-Krew

236654
Date
1986-09-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Six color slides. Practice session by the rap group Kan-Dee-Krew, which rapped about drug abuse. It consisted of six members: Duane and Rodney Rumph, Coffie, Harden, Plummer, and Thomas. Folk Arts in Education Project in Palm Beach County was a joint venture between the Palm Beach County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was conducted between 1986 and 1987 by folklorist Jan Rosenberg with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The goal was to impart an appreciation of multi-ethnic traditions and provide a sense of place to the mobile student population. The project focused on the Florida Studies component for fourth grade students. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist, which included visits by local folk artists. In total, the project involved 15 schools with 779 students.
Type
Still Image
group Kan-Dee-Krew, which

Kan-Dee-Krew performing at a medical center

236801
Date
1986-10-11
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Eleven color slides. The rap group Kan-Dee-Krew rapped about drug abuse. It consisted of six members, all high school students: Duane and Rodney Rumph, Coffie, Harden, Plummer, and Thomas. The Folk Arts in Education Project in Palm Beach County was a joint venture between the Palm Beach County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was conducted between 1986 and 1987 by folklorist Jan Rosenberg with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The goal was to impart an appreciation of multi-ethnic traditions and provide a sense of place to the mobile student population. The project focused on the Florida Studies component for fourth grade students. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist, which included visits by local folk artists. In total, the project involved 15 schools with 779 students.
Type
Still Image
. The rap group Kan-Dee-Krew

Kan-Dee-Krew performing for students

236869
Date
1988-01-12
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Three color slides. The rap group Kan-Dee-Krew rapped about drug abuse. It consisted of six members, all high school students: Duane and Rodney Rumph, Coffie, Harden, Plummer, and Thomas. The Folk Arts in Education Project in Palm Beach County was a joint venture between the Palm Beach County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was conducted between 1986 and 1987 by folklorist Jan Rosenberg with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The goal was to impart an appreciation of multi-ethnic traditions and provide a sense of place to the mobile student population. The project focused on the Florida Studies component for fourth grade students. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist, which included visits by local folk artists. In total, the project involved 15 schools with 779 students.
Type
Still Image
. The rap group Kan-Dee-Krew

Interview with rap group Kan-Dee-Krew

236652
Date
1986-09-06
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio recordings. Interview with the rap group Kan-Dee-Krew, which rapped about drug abuse. It consisted of six members: Duane and Rodney Rumph, Coffie, Harden, Plummer, and Thomas. They discuss rapping; writing rap songs; practicing; fitting the beat with the rhyme; rapping topics; naming the group; performance nicknames; gangs; and drug use prevention. They also perform four rap songs. Folk Arts in Education Project in Palm Beach County was a joint venture between the Palm Beach County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was conducted between 1986 and 1987 by folklorist Jan Rosenberg with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The goal was to impart an appreciation of multi-ethnic traditions and provide a sense of place to the mobile student population. The project focused on the Florida Studies component for fourth grade students. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist, which included visits by local folk artists. In total, the project involved 15 schools with 779 students.
Type
Sound
. Interview with the rap group Kan-Dee-Krew

Rap group Kan-Dee-Krew at Pahokee Elementary School

236653
Date
1987-02-19
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio recordings. Presentation by the rap group Kan-Dee-Krew, which rapped about drug abuse. It consisted of six members: Duane and Rodney Rumph, Coffie, Harden, Plummer, and Thomas. They performed several rap songs and answer student questions about rapping, songwriting, performing, and drug abuse. Folk Arts in Education Project in Palm Beach County was a joint venture between the Palm Beach County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was conducted between 1986 and 1987 by folklorist Jan Rosenberg with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The goal was to impart an appreciation of multi-ethnic traditions and provide a sense of place to the mobile student population. The project focused on the Florida Studies component for fourth grade students. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist, which included visits by local folk artists. In total, the project involved 15 schools with 779 students.
Type
Sound
. Presentation by the rap group Kan-Dee-Krew

Folklife Genre: Hip-Hop

273965
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Hip hop music originated in the Bronx, New York, in the early 1970s. It is characterized by its rhythmic vocals (rapping) and beat, often provided by turntables, beat machines and beatboxing. The group Kan-Dee-Krew represents the hip-hop genre in our collection, although Florida is home to a number of popular performers from the genre, including T-Pain, Flo Rida, and Rick Ross.
Type
interactive resource
. The group Kan-Dee-Krew represents

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