Today, Feb. 7, is the 51st birthday of famed DJ and rapper Kid Capri!

Born and raised in the Bronx, Capri, real name David Anthony Love, Jr., began his DJ career at the age of eight and got attention when he was spinning records at the legendary Studio 54. He would also release mixtapes of his night sets which earned him a nightlife following. In 1991, Kid Capri made hip-hop history by becoming the first DJ to sign a record deal. when he dropped his debut solo album, called The Tape, under Cold Chillin Records. Yup, that means DJs like Khaled, Clue and Funk Flex who drop albums have Kid Capri to thank to forging the path.

Capri would go on to produce for a number of hip-hop legends and was the official DJ for Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. Over the years, Capri has been linked to major New York hip-hop acts like Big L, Jay-Z, DJ AM, Nas, KRS-One, Big Pun and more. Of course, no rap fan could forget Kid Capri being immortalized in hip-hop forever thanks to a name drop in The Notorious B.I.G's smash hit single "Juicy."

"Peace to Ron G, Brucey B, Kid Capri/Funkmaster Flex, Lovebug Starski (what's up!)," spits Big in the first verse.

Kid Capri also appeared on Kendrick Lamar's "ELEMENT." from his critically-acclaimed 2017 album DAMN.

Happy Birthday, Kid Capri!

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