John W. Bowman, Jr., better known by his stage name DJ Kool is a rapper who, in the late 1990s, produced several popular rap singles. Born in Washington, DC, his influence from his years of working the go-go and rap circuits became apparent in his music.During the early- to mid-1980s, Kool worked as a warm-up DJ for Rare Essence, until he was picked up by CLR Records. In 1996, he recorded his most successful track, “Let Me Clear My Throat,” which was released on American Recordings. The song prominently features a sample of the song “The 900 Number” by DJ Mark the 45 King, (that song featuring a sample from Marva Whitney’s “Unwind Yourself” repeated over a breakbeat for 6 minutes). The song also begins by sampling “Hollywood Swinging” by Kool and the Gang. The song is an instantly recognizable floor-filler, and the track remains popular to this day. DJ Kool was most recently featured on M?a’s 2006 single “Ayo!” from her 2008 album Liberation. He was also featured on two tracks on Will Smith’s 2005 album Lost and Found.