Edward Fletcher

Edward Fletcher

Title: Lecturer
Department: Fine Arts, Humanities and Wellness
Discipline: Humanities
Office: Payne Hall Rm. 145
Phone: Not Available
Fax: Not Available
Email: fletchere@savannahstate.edu


Edward G. Fletcher has spent the last 25 years as an educator and lecturer in public schools and post-secondary institutions, including his current position at Savannah State University as a Lecturer of Critical Thinking. Ed Fletcher is also known professionally as “Duke Bootee”. He was called by the New York Times “the most innovative rapper of them all” and “brilliant composer with wit reminiscent of Langston Hughes” by the New York News. He has more than 31 chart hits registered by Broadcast Music, Inc. for songs he has written, produced and/or mixed for diverse artists. He is the creator, producer and voice of “The Message – 1982”, which was selected by the Smithsonian Museum of American Recording as one of its “First 50 Recordings” and it is also in the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Norton Anthology of African American Literature. Ed Fletcher is the creator and founder of “Yo Culture”, a one-stop shop for all things Hip Hop, which is a multi-media, musical education presentation created and performed by Duke Bootee. Yo Culture includes presentations, workshops and curriculum guides to enhance or create Hip Hop modules for the most vibrant contribution to pop culture in the last 50 years.

Research Interests

My mission is to experience life and then, through my art, interpret what I see, hear and feel. Through my self expression I hope to help others find their purpose.


MEd, Administration and Supervision of Education - Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey

Awards & Honors

Name: Duke Bootee (a.k.a. Ed Fletcher) - WJCL Video Newscast
Date: 11/26/2013

Name: "The Message" Article - Uncut Magazine, UK
Date: 8/1/2013

Name: "How We Made The Message" Article - The Guardian Magazine, UK
Date: 5/28/2013

Name: "Man Behind the Message" Article - Connect Savannah
Date: 5/15/2013

Name: "The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Times" - The Message & Rapper's Delight - Rolling Stone Magazine
Date: 1/1/2013

Name: The Message - Recognized as Composer & Performer as the #1 Greatest Hip Hop Song of All Time
Organization: Rolling Stone Magazine
Date: 12/1/2012

Name: The Message - Inducted - Grammy Hall of Fame
Organization: 54th Annual Grammy Awards - The Recording Academy
Date: 2/1/2012
Grammy Hall of Fame - "The Message" -- "the seminal rap recordig by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five Featuring Melle Mel and DUKE BOOTEE [a.k.a. Edward G. Fletcher] newly inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fmae:

Name: The Message - Trademark Advertisement
Organization: Lacoste
Date: 8/1/2011
"The Message" was used by Lacoste trademark to advertise its new fragrance in an international public public relations campaign worldwide.

Name: The Message - National Commercial Campaign
Organization: Direct TV
Date: 7/1/2011
"The Message" was used by Direct TV in a national commerical advertisement campaign in the USA.

Name: The Message: First 50 Selections of Top 40 Chart Hits
Organization: Smithsonian Institute History of American Recordings
Date: 1/1/2006
Writer, Producer & Performer of "The Message", as well as 31 other Top 40 Chart Hits registered under "Duke Bootee" with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)


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