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Special Ed: Hip Hop Pioneer


Special Ed is the performing name of Edward Archer, an American Hip Hop musician of Jamaican descent. Hailing from Brooklyn in New York City, he is identified with East Coast Hip Hop. Special Ed is probably best known for the songs "I Got It Made" and "I'm The Magnificent", produced by "Hitman" Howie Tee and released in 1988 on the Youngest in Charge album which generated over $10M for Profile Records when Ed was just 16. In 1990, he released his album Legal with the singles "Come on Let's Move It” and "The Mission”.


He was later a member of Crooklyn Dodgers, an ad hoc group who came together to perform for the Spike Lee films Clockers and Crooklyn. Special Ed has also produced songs for Hip Hop luminaries spanning from Tupac Shakur to Biggie Smalls and Junior Mafia. Hip Hop icons, including Snoop Dogg, count Special Ed as an influence on their own works.

Special Ed had a cameo in the movie "Juice", made appearances on The Cosby Show, and played himself on the television show "My Wife And Kids" starring Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell.

Currently, Special Ed can be heard on the Rick Ross remix of "Magnificent" featuring John Legend, Big Boi from Outkast and P Diddy. Ross’s song was based on Special Ed’s original 1990 song entitled “The Magnificent”.

Jay-Z refers to Special Ed's "I Got It Made" on his track "Empire State of Mind" featuring Alicia Keys on the album Blueprint 3.

With over 20 years as a music industry professional, Ed has fostered relationships worldwide in all aspects of entertainment as well as the corporate sector. From distribution, marketing, promotion, event planning, booking, to branding and having over 2,000 live shows under his belt as an artist, he has solidified his place as a pioneer in the music industry.


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