This track “Live Wire” was dope in the day and of course Duke being “The Message” Co-Architect I’m a huge fan-Aaron
Edward G. Fletcher, known as Duke Bootee, is an early rapper and hip hop and rap producer, who produced some of the most early and important rap records
His best known single was “The Message”. Produced for Sugar Hill Records, this record featured legendary rapper Melle Mel and Duke Bootee. The label on the record marketed the song as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, although the actual performers were Melle Mel and Duke Bootee. Later, he collaborated again with Melle Mel on the singles “Message II (Survival)”,[and “New York New York”, in which the latter was credited to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
After concluding his music career in the early 1990s, Duke Bootee obtained teaching certification and became an educator. As of 2014 he was an instructor in Critical Thinking and Communication at Savannah State University in Georgia.
From his website about page
Duke Bootee was called by the New York Times, “the most innovative rapper of them all” and “brilliant composer with wit reminiscent of Langston Hughes” by the New York News. He has spent the last 25 years as an educator and lecturer, and now shares his singular appreciation and understanding of both youth and Hip Hop culture. He currently is an instructor of Critical Thinking and Communication at Savannah State University in Georgia.
Duke Bootee has worked with the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame group Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five and the Sugar Hill Gang, with 31 chart hits to his credit. He has written for, produced and mixed artists as diverse as Snoop dog, Ice Cube, P. Diddy, Dr. John and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones. Miles Davis sampled and named a song after him. “The Message” was selected by the Smithsonian Museum of American Recording as one of its “First 50 Recordings”, is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and Norton Anthology of African American Literature.
Duke Bootee [a.k.a. Ed Fletcher] holds a K-12 as well as principal certification in the states of New Jersey and Georgia, and is currently a full time instructor of Critical Thinking & Communication at Savannah State University. He has held various educational positions over the last 25 years after achieving his Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Dickinson College in PA, a Master of Arts in Media Studies from the New School of Social Research in NY, and a Masters in Education from Rutgers’ University in NJ.