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.
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
Name: "The Message" Article - Uncut Magazine, UK
Name: "How We Made The Message" Article - The Guardian Magazine, UK
Name: "Man Behind the Message" Article - Connect Savannah
Name: "The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Times" - The Message & Rapper's Delight - Rolling Stone Magazine
Name: The Message - Recognized as Composer & Performer as the #1 Greatest Hip Hop Song of All Time
Organization: Rolling Stone Magazine
Name: The Message - Inducted - Grammy Hall of Fame
Organization: 54th Annual Grammy Awards - The Recording Academy
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
"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
"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
Writer, Producer & Performer of "The Message", as well as 31 other Top 40 Chart Hits registered under "Duke Bootee" with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)