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Biography

  • Born

    8 December 1965 (age 55)

  • Born In

    Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States

Easy Mo Bee (born Osten Harvey, Jr. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York) is an African-American hip hop/R&B record producer, most notable for his affiliation with Bad Boy Records in its early years and his heavy production involvement in The Notorious B.I.G.'s acclaimed debut Ready to Die.

Over the course of his career, Mo Bee has worked almost exclusively with New York artists within the genre of Hip-Hop. Aside from his former close ties with Big Daddy Kane and The Notorious B.I.G., Easy has also worked with NY rappers Afu Ra (on Life Force Radio), Mos Def (on The New Danger) and Blaq Poet of Screwball (on his solo album, Rewind <<< Deja Screw); the last project came through DJ Premier, also a former Biggie affiliate.

Easy Mo Bee has also had loose ties with members of the Wu-Tang Clan since their pre-group days, having produced RZA's first-ever single "Ooh, We Love You Rakeem" under the name Prince Rakeem; roughly half of GZA's debut album Words From the Genius under the moniker The Genius, and a collaboration between Biggie and Method Man on Big's debut album. He has also been tapped to produce on the upcoming Wu-Tang group album, 8 Diagrams. He has also worked with West-Coast rapper, Tupac Shakur producing the song Temptations. In recent years, Easy has also worked with non hip-hop artists such as Alicia Keys, for whom he produced a cover of Gladys Knight & the Pips' 1971 hit "If I Were Your Woman".

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