Arnold Hamilton, better known by his stage names Frukwan or Fruitkwan, is an American rapper and record producer from New York City, New York. He began his career as a member of Stetsasonic, and released three albums with the group.
Frukwan was originally a member of the group Stetsasonic formed in 1981 alongside Prince Paul, Wise, DBC (the Devastating Beat Creator), Daddy-O, Delite and Bobby Simmons. After the group's third and final album Blood Sweat & No Tears, the group disbanded and Frukwan left to become a… read more
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Gravediggaz was an American hip hop group from New York City, known for its dark sense of humor and abrasive, menacing soundscapes. Gravediggaz blended hardcore hip hop, gangsta rap and heavy metal with horror elements to pioneer the hip-hop subgenre of horrorcore. The group was formed in 1994, bringing together Prince Paul, Frukwan, Poetic and RZA. It came about largely due to the efforts of Prince Paul. Frukwan and Prince Paul were previously together in the group Stetsasonic.
The group's first album was originally to be titled Niggamortis; however, this potentially risqué title was changed to 6 Feet Deep for the American market; it was released on August 9, 1994. The four members adopted Gravedigga alter egos for their work with the group: RZA became The RZArector, Poetic became The Grym Reaper, Prince Paul became The Undertaker, and Frukwan became The Gatekeeper. In 1995, the three rapping members released a collaborative EP titled "The Hell E.P." with UK trip ...
According to Frukwan, the group's name means "digging graves of the mentally dead, and it stood for resurrecting the mentally dead from their state of unawareness and ignorance." The group's lyrics mix black humor, criticism regarding the music industry, cartoonish violence reminiscent of the Geto Boys or early Three 6 Mafia, and esoteric references to the Nation of Gods and Earths. The group pioneered the horrorcore genre. Gravediggaz' ironism influenced hardcore techno through Mark Newland's s
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Frukwan is most defintley one of the most brilliant lyricist in hip hop ever. This album is great from start to finish. In each classic track Frukwan displays extemley brilliant intellect and choice of wordplay as well as very great beats.
Frukwan left Stetsasonic after their second album, and within a couple more years, Stetsasonic disbanded. In 1992 Frukwan resurfaced as a member of the Gravediggaz, associated with the Wu-Tang family alongside Prince Paul, RZA and Too Poetic. Performing as The Gatekeeper, Frukwan was the group's most prolific lyricist. Upon RZA and Prince Paul ...
New York rapper known for his work in Stetsasonic and Gravediggaz. Also records as Frukwan.
[Chorus 2X: Frukwan] Yo, enough's enough Yo yo, yo, I'm rough enough Yo check it, yo, ain't done enough, betta believe dat Yo, can't help enough, yo what the fuck?
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