Cold Crush Brothers

  • DJ Toney Tone aka DJ Tony Crush (Angelo King)
  • DJ Charlie Chase (Carlos Mandes)
  • Supreme E.Z. A.D. aka Easy A.D. (Adrian Harris)
  • Whipper Whip aka Prince Whipper Whip (James Whipper)
  • Mr. Tee
  • Dot-A-Rock aka Dota Rock (Darryl Mason)
  • Grandmaster Caz aka Casanova Fly (Curtis Fisher)
  • Almighty KG aka Kay Gee The All (Kenneth Pounder)
  • J.D.L. (Jerry Dee Lewis)
  • Money Ray (Eric Hoskins)

One word….”Legends”.

Bronx natives, The Cold Crush Brothers, were Founded in 1978 by the Original DJ Tony Tone and honed their skills alongside Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force, Funky Four, etc. They grew to be a force on the rap scene and were well known for their synchronized routines.

DJ Tony Tone was originally a member of The Brothers Disco alongside DJ Breakout and DJ Baron with the original Funky Four. Easy A.D. was in a group called The Asalaam Brothers with his partner Donald D but parted ways to join Cold Crush. The original members were Tony Tone, Easy A.D., DJ Charlie Chase (Temporary DJ for the Furious Five), Prince Whipper Whip, Mr. Tee and Dot-A-Rock (R.I.P.). They were joined by Almighty KG formerly of the Cheeba Crew and Grandmaster Caz and J.D.L. aka The Notorious Two after Whipper Whip and Dot-A-Rock left to join rival group, The Fantastic Five. Money Ray (R.I.P.) would also be added in the late eighties.

Cold Crush battled their rivals, The Fantastic Five, on many occasions, most notably Harlem World 1981. They battled for a $1000 grand prize and Fantastic Five came out on top but after a bootleg tape of the battle circulated public opinion grew in favour of Cold Crush. DJ Charlie Chase also released the battle on vinyl via Slammin’ Records in 1998 but the original sound and feel was lost after he recreated the beats to make them more prominent. The groups battled again on the basketball court in a staged routine for the cult hip hop movie “Wild Style”.

Moving on and all this history culminated in the debut release from Cold Crush Brothers called ‘Weekend’ released on Tuff City/CBS. Their second single was influenced by the punk rock scene which was sweeping through New York at the time and was one of the first to fuse punk with rap. It was simply titled ‘Punk Rock Rap’ and featured the line ‘Oh my God…’ which was later sampled on Doug E. Fresh’s ‘The Show’.

Following their releases on Tuff City/CBS they released two more singles on Tuff City independently, ‘Heartbreakers’ and their most successful track ‘Fresh, Wild, Fly and Bold’.

Although the group never released an album, 1988 saw the release of ‘Feel The Horns’ followed by the European only release of the album ‘Troopers’. It was released as the Cold Crush Brothers but was actually Kay Gee The All and DJ Tony Crush, a point which was corrected on the 2006 US release.

The 1990’s also saw the release of two Cold Crush Brothers compilation albums courtesy of Aaron Fuchs at Tuff City.

Grandmaster Caz can now be found as a regular tour guide on the HusH tours in New York City.

Although the group never released an album, 1988 saw the release of ‘Feel The Horns’ followed by the European only release of the album ‘Troopers’. It was released as the Cold Crush Brothers but was actually Kay Gee The All and DJ Tony Crush, a point which was corrected on the 2006 US release.

The 1990’s also saw the release of two Cold Crush Brothers compilation albums courtesy of Aaron Fuchs at Tuff City.

Grandmaster Caz can now be found as a regular tour guide on the HusH tours in New York City.

South Bronx High School 1981 [Joe Conzo]

Single releases