This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

May 28th – Chubb Rock was born Richard Simpson, in Kingston, Jamaica, on this day in 1968.

After relocating with his family from his native Jamaica to Brooklyn, New York, Chubb began rapping as a teen.

After becoming a National Merit Scholar and studying medicine at Brown University, Chubb decided to pursue a career in hip-hop music instead.

With the help of his cousin, producer/DJ Howie Tee, Chubb landed a record deal and released his Self-Titled debut album in 1988.

His 1989 sophomore joint “And The Winner Is…”, produced the hit “Ya Bad Chubbs.”

His third album, “The One”, released in 1991 on Select Records produced three rap chart toppers; “Just The Two Of Us”, “The Chubbster” and the anthem “Treat ‘Em Right.”

Chubb’s fourth album “I Gotta Get Mine Yo” was released in 1992 and was produced by the rapper himself and the future red hot production team Trackmasters.

Chubb has released two albums since, 1997’s “The Mind” and 2009’s “Bridging The Gap”, featuring Wordsmith.

Chubb was also a part of the 1995 version of The Crooklyn Dodgers along with O.C. and Jeru The Damaja. Their single “Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers” was featured in Spike Lee’s film “Clockers” released that same year.

Over the years Chubb Rock has collaborated with the likes of K’Naan, Lil’ Dap of Group Home, Ed O.G., Mr. Len, Tevin Campbell and the late great Barry White, just to name a few.

In 2008, Chubb Rock released the single “Obama We Believe”, in support of President Barack Obama.

In 2011, Chubb Rock and his wife of 25 years, Keke Simpson, appeared on the NBC game show “The Marriage Ref.”

Chubb Rock has always been, and continues to be, an inspiration and a positive role model for hip-hop culture.