(born Greg Broussard
on August 31
) is an American Electro-hop
musician, vocalist, producer and DJ, and was an important part of the L.A. dance
music and rap scene in the early 1980s.
The Egyptian Lover started out as a D.J.
in Los Angeles
with Uncle Jamms Army
doing dances at the L.A. Sports Arena. He began recording around Los Angeles in 1982 as a member of the Radio Crew.
In the early days of hip hop, albums were rare, so most of The Egyptian Lover's successful recordings were 12" singles. He would eventually release some of the earliest rap LPs, which was especially unique for being west-coast based, but they were less popular than his singles. But on the strength of containing an alternate mix of his most popular single "Egypt, Egypt
", 1984's On the Nile
was moderately successful. After a break in the early 1990s, Egyptian Lover returned in 1994 (see 1994 in music
) with Back from the Tomb
. His last full-length album in over ten years. Although his own version is more unfamiliar to modern ears than the newer covers of the song, Egyptian Lover's "I Need a Freak" has subsequently become "Lolafalana" popularized by Esham, and more notably, "Cherry Pie" by Insane Clown Posse.
The Egyptian Lover also established his own record company, Egyptian Empire Records, which included artists such as Rodney O & Joe Cooley.
In 2005 "The Egyptian Lover" released his first single since 1994, entitled "Party" and backed with "Dancefloor", followed by the album Platinum Pyramids in Feb. 2006. By the end of 2006 The Egyptian Lover went into the studio with Jamie Jupiter and recorded "UFO" and "Futuristic" for Jupiter's new 12" single and look out for "Keep it Hot" 12" coming out mid 2008
In 2006, The Egyptian Lover and Warp Records musician Jimmy Edgar had a collaboration together.
In 2007, The Egyptian Lover re-made "Modernaire" by Dez Dickerson (from the film Purple Rain) for the label, Citinite.
In 2007, The Egyptian Lover collaborated with the groups "Clone Machine" and "Egypt Ear Werk" (with Luke Eargoggle)
In 2008, The Egyptian Lover continues to tour the world and is making a brand new album for 2008.
The Egyptian Lover is currently touring World-Wide. He began touring again in 2004 and is still doing European, Asian and North American shows. In 2008, he toured in support
. In the tradition of his origins as a D.J. his performances often begin with him mixing records on turntables and then Segueing into his original compositions. He is currently doing Arenas, Clubs, and Festivals.