Rozell Manely Brown (born October 6, 1964) is an American beatboxer and rapper, formerly a member of the Roots.[1]

Rahzel in 2002
Rahzel in 2002
Background information
Birth nameRozell Manely Brown
Born (1966-10-06) October 6, 1966 (age 57)
Queens, New York, U.S.
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Beatboxer
  • rapper

Rahzel is known for an ability to sing or rap while simultaneously beatboxing, as evidenced in his performances of "Iron Man" and his signature song "If Your Mother Only Knew", a hidden track on Make the Music 2000.[2] His talents are showcased in various solo projects as well as on Ben Harper's 2000 single "Steal My Kisses." He also provided his own voice on video games SSX and SSX Tricky, as well as the EA Sports BIG logo from 2000 to 2008. Rahzel was featured on the album True Love by Toots and the Maytals, which won the Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Reggae Album, and showcased many notable musicians.[3]

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

Guest appearances edit

Year Song Artist Album
1987 "Dawn" Mikey D and the L.A. Posse My Telephone
1993 "Intro" Raw Breed Lune Tunz
1994 "Bicoastal Holdup"
"Vibe Khameleonz"
Shä-Key A Head Nadda's Journey to Adidi Skizm
1995 "Lazy Afternoon"
"?. vs. Rahzel"
"The Lesson Part 1"
The Roots Do You Want More?!!!??!
1995 "Locker bleiben" Die Fantastischen Vier Lauschgift
1996 "The Beat Down" Da Bush Babees Gravity
1997 "Show Me Love (QD3 Fat Boy Remix)" Robyn Show Me Love
1997 "The Battle" DJ Skribble Traffic Jams
1997 "Dangereux"
IAM L'École du micro d'argent
1997 "Rob Swift Versus Rahzel" Rob Swift Soulful Fruit
1999 "Jam" Alliance Ethnik Fat Comeback
1999 "Southern Gul" Erykah Badu Southern Gul
1999 "Step into the Realm"
"The Notic"
The Roots The Roots Come Alive
1999 "First Thing" Choclair Ice Cold
1999 "It's a Must" Rakim The Master
1999 "Steal My Kisses" Ben Harper Burn to Shine
2000 "Used to be Perfect" Lynden David Hall Sleeping with Victor
2000 "In Tune with the Sound" Roni Size Reprazent In the Mode
2000 "Children's Story" Everlast Eat at Whitey's
2000 "Cold Blooded" Common Like Water for Chocolate
2001 "Side to Side" DJ Hasebe Hey World EP
2002 "Top of the Game" Sean Paul Dutty Rock
2003 "Rock the House" The High & Mighty The Highlite Zone
2003 "Deep Cover" Tonedeff Underscore
2004 "Bam Bam" Toots & the Maytals True Love
2004 "Oh My God" Masta Ace A Long Hot Summer
2004 "Pleasure Is All Mine"
"Where is the Line"
"Who Is It"
"Mouth's Cradle"
"Triumph of a Heart"
Björk Medúlla
2004 "Confused Rappers" The Beatnuts Milk Me
2004 "Starting Over"
"The American Way"
The Crystal Method Legion of Boom
2004 "Rock and Roll Part 2"
"A Day in the Life"
Handsome Boy Modeling School White People
2004 "Mega Beast Theme Song" Dub-L Day of the Mega Beast
2004 "B-Box Chris K Cycles/B-Box
2005 "Rahzel Skit 1"
"Rahzel Skit 2"
Ol' Dirty Bastard Osirus
2006 "Chocolate Chewing Gum"
k-os Atlantis: Hymns for Disco
2006 "Mojo"
Peeping Tom Peeping Tom
2006 "Main Title"
"Bus Is Not for Sissies"
"Barry's Love Theme"
"Rahzel Interlude"
"Funeral is for Sissies"
"Rahzel in the Park"
"King of the Crapper"
"From Behind"
"The Mole"
Various Artists Let's Go to Prison Soundtrack
2006 "Some MCs"
C-Rayz Walz The Dropping
2007 "Keys 2 Your Ass"
Imani Coppola The Black And White Album
2009 "Intro"
"What's Happening"
DJ JS-1 Ground Original 2: No Sell Out
2009 "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
"Shakedown Street"
The String Cheese Incident Trick or Treat Box Set
(Released 2009. Stated to be performed 2011-10-31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY)
2009 "Blow Up Da Spot"
Sadat X Brand New Bein'
2010 "Bad Self" Rhymefest Dangerous: 5–18
2013 "Shotta" DJ Muggs Bass For Your Face
2019 "Heavy Metal" Bring Me the Horizon Amo

Filmography edit

Awards edit

Rahzel received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 American Beatbox Championships for his revolutionary contributions to the industry. Doug E. Fresh presented the award to Rahzel. At the 2022 American Beatbox Championships, Rahzel actually presented the same award to Tara Hall, the wife of late Biz Markie who accepted the award on his behalf.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ Matsui, M (1999) Rahzel: The Fifth Element, The Daily, University of Washington. archived version
  2. ^ "Rahzel, Make The Music 2000 review". The Village Voice. October 12, 1999. Retrieved September 10, 2009.
  3. ^ “True Love - Linear CD Notes." Toots and the Maytals. Web. <>. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Rahzel". IMDb. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
  5. ^ "Tara Hall on Instagram: "Thank you @american_beatbox for honoring Biz with the 2022 Lifetime achievement award. Thank you @rahzelthelegend for your touching words and tribute. We had fun in the ring!!! Also thank you @brandprocedure and @realjakerich for the 1st Class treatment. I was Touched by @dcrosstheartist and performers by your tribute as well, and your rendition of the #bizdance. As promised in my speech, here is the clip of Biz and my 5 month old niece beatboxing🥰 #keepinghistoryalive #bizmarkie #americanbeatbox #NBTB #legendsneverdie"".

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