From BBC Documentary - Hip Hop A Street History 1984
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The original lineup consisted of the founder, The Original DJ Tony Tone,Supreme Easy A.D., DJ Charlie Chase, Whipper Whip, Mr. Tee, and Dot-A-Rock. Eventually, Whipper Whip and Dot-A-Rock would leave the Cold Crush Brothers and joined the Fantastic Five and DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore, which they considered to be a more established group at the time. The Fantastic Five was originally the "L" Brothers, which consisted of DJ Mean Gene, DJ Cordio, DJ Grand Wizard Theodore, MC Smiley, Master Rob, the Original Kevie Kev and sometimes Busy Bee Starski.
Tony Tone, Supreme Easy A.D and Charlie Chase brought in Grandmaster Caz (formerly DJ Casanova Fly), Almighty Kay Gee and Jerry Dee Lewis Money Ray (Eric Hoskins) would be added to the group in 1992.
They were especially known for their memorable routines which included harmonies, melodies and stage-stomping performances. The Cold Crush Brothers set the standard for emceeing. They became known as "the Rolling Stones of hip hop". Because of the attention they began to attract, many groups would try to battle them to gain street credibility and for Hip Hop supremacy. This would lead to a fierce and well known rivalry with The Fantastic Five, culminating in a lyrical battle between the groups on July 3, 1981. The grand prize was $1000 cash. The Fantastic Five won the battle but the Cold Crush Brothers won the war. After the Historical battle tape began circulation in the street the people clearly thought that the Cold Crush Brothers won the battle. That put and end to the Fantastic Five and established the Cold Crush Brothers as the best Hip Hop group .
The Cold Crush Brothers began to release records commercially. The first single was "Weekend" on Elite Records was release in the fall of 1982. It was a party and dance record that related to everyday working people and Families go thought Monday-Friday. The Cold Crush Four Mcee's would say in harmony the days of the week and then each one of would take one day describe that weekday and what could happen. Example Monday The train was late you heartly and you wished you stay in bed. The recording described ways to have fun on the weekends.
Their second single to be released in the fall of 1983 "Punk Rock Rap" on Epic Records licensees for UK CBS Associated records over seas and in the United State on Tuff City Records and distributed by CBS Records. This was the first time in Hip Hop History that and independent Hip Hop record label and a major record company like CBS worked together. "Punk Rock Rap" was the first Hip Hop / Rap recording to fuse Hip Hop and rock together and breaking the color barrier Hip Hop. The recording in fuse the sound of Hip Hop/rap and Rock to the white youth in America and around the world. The Cold Crush Brother Punk Rock Rap was so widely popular that at the time a new a up coming Hip Hop artist sample the phrase, "Oh My God!" for his now Hip Hop classic. "The Show". single released in 1985 Doug E. Fresh with D.J. Barry Bee and D.J. Chill Will better knew as the Get Fresh Crew's.
The Cold Crush Brothers most successful Cold Crush single to date is "Fresh, Wild, Fly & Bold", released in 1984, which sold 16,000 units in its first week of release back in the early 80's that was a big deal. A distribution dispute between Tuff City Records and Profile Records hindered the sales of the single with the most potential of reaching gold status.