We’re not sure what the bit will entail, but we’re guessing it will be something raunchy when Blowfly, aka Clarence Reid, appears on the new episode of Comedy Central’s Chocolate News. Hosted by David Allen Grier, the episode will air this Wednesday.
The Comedy Central website only states that Grier “learns about Blowfly, the world’s first rapper” in the episode, so we’re hoping he will also touche on BF’s history as Clarence Reid. While his dirty alter ego gets most of the mainstream attention, 2007 found two albums on top of the Billboard Pop chart fueled by singles that openly sample Reid’s signature grooves. Rapper DMX’s anthem “We In Here” swings to Reid’s top ten 1969 R&B hit “Nobody But You Babe” while Beyonce’s smash “Upgrade U” similarly rides the hook of the Reid-penned Betty Wright hit “Girls Can’t Do What The Guys Do.” Reid also “returned” that year to release a new 45 single on the Rabbit Factory Inc. as well as catalog material through Numero Group, Soul Sides and Rhino.
From Wikipedia: Blowfly is the stage name and alternate persona of Clarence Reid (b. February 14, 1945 in Cochran, Georgia) who was a songwriter for many hit R&B acts in the 1960s and 1970s. As Blowfly, he has recorded numerous albums, mostly of sex-based parodies of other songs as well as original raps themed around sex. His stage name originated from his grandmother, who overheard him as a child singing “Do the Twist” as “Suck My Dick”, and said “You is nastier than a blowfly.”
Reid started off writing songs for artists including Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Gwen McCrae and KC & the Sunshine Band. He also recorded a few hits of his own in the 60′s including “Nobody But You Babe” under his real name and a Blowfly song called “Rap Dirty” in 1965. Many hip hop fans consider “Rap Dirty” as the first rap song because in he talks in rhyme and it has rap (slang for talk) in the title.
Reid would write sexually explicit versions of hit songs for fun but only performed them for his friends at parties or in the studio. In 1971, he along with a band of studio musicians recorded a whole album of “dirty” songs under the name “Blowfly”. Back then, no record label would release profane material so he distributed the records himself on his own independent record label, Weird World.