f you don't know who Mo B Dick is, it's probably because of one of three reasons: (1) You aren't of age, (2) You don't like or don't listen to Hip Hop, or (3) You were in a coma from 1996-1999.
Born Raymond E. Poole (Morgan City, LA), Mo B Dick is known by his fans and colleagues as the "beatsmith" and or "hooksmith" for the infamous No Limit Records and as co-founder and member of its in-house production machine, Beats By The Pound. He is also the cousin of the rap mogul and former No Limit CEO, Master P.
Mo B Dick and his culprits KLC, Craig B, and Odell, were responsible for supplying the music for the label's entire roster including: Master P, Snoop Dogg, Mystikal, Fiend, TRU, Silkk the Shocker, C-Murder, Mia X, Kane and Abel, Youngbleed, Soulja Slim and Big Ed. They also scored and supplied music for the first "straight-to-VHS" movie by a record label, "I'm About It" which starred Master P and Mack 10. Songs were also provided for Destiny's Child, Montell Jordan, Mariah Carey, "The Substitute," and "Rhyme and Reason" soundtracks as well as the No Limit's own "I Got the Hook Up," "Foolish," and "Hot Boys." These soundtracks of groundbreaking Blackspoitation movies can still be seen from time to time on various cable channels.
It's no secret or question, Beats By the Pound, along with Mannie Fresh, DJ Paul and Juicy J, Pimp C, and Mr. Mixx pioneered the Southern Hip Hop sound and movement now known as the "Crunk." Before it was called "crunk" it was called "bounce" (New Orleans), "buck" (Memphis), and "trunk funk" (Houston/Port Arthur, TX). Ultimately the elements that they incorporated in their music such as the thunderous tonal TR-808 bass drum, gut-bubbling, sub-contrabass, the 16th and 32nd note hi-hats, military snares, walking pizzacato strings, blazing fanfare horns, and the mellow whistle Moog lead became the signature and staple sound that obviously influenced the likes of Li' I Jon, David Banner, Polow Da Don, DJ Toomp, Shawty Redd, DJ Smurf aka Mr. Collipark, and even Jermaine Dupri. Not only neighboring states have adopted the sound, the whole planet has officially claimed it as the "new" Hip Hop. Because of the dominance of this artform, "sampling" and the interpolations of old songs have taken the backseat in the production sector of the industry. Today these sounds and patterns can be heard on TV commercials, BET, MTV, MTV2, HBO, and ESPN, being incorporated in theme songs and background music for their various shows. One can currently hear those old No Limit songs at the NFL and NBA games being used as adrenaline music for the players on the field and court, and the home crowds.
After departing No Limit in 1999, Mo B Dick and his crew expanded their horizons by transforming from Beats by the Pound to The Medicine Men producing songs for artists such as Ludacris, Bun B, Paul Wall, BG, Juvenile, Lil Flip, Aaron Hall, and Gangsta Boo. As a precautionary method during a legal dispute with No Limit Records, Mo B Dick decided to do work using the alias Ruth Anubis Yazid, which appears on the Ludacris "Chicken and Beer" (LP) and Gangsta Boo "Inquiring Minds 2" (LP) credits as produced by; nevertheless R. Poole is listed as writer on both projects.
Currently Mo B Dick is working on projects for his new imprint, Sacred Phallus Establishment, 8ball & MJG, C Murder, UGK, Mystikal, and producing songs for various movie soundtracks, TV shows, and video games. He is also a member of the Throwback Cool Funk band called Merging Traffic Fellowship of which he is the keyboardist, vocalist, and bandleader. The work that he is known for and the trends that he helped to set is just the tip of the iceberg of what's in store. Be on the look out for another trend to be set by this thoroughbred visionary.