Hip hop pioneer Kangol Kid from UTFO passes
One of the earliest contributors to the commercial success of hip hop culture became an ancestor this weekend. Kangol Kid, 55, of UTFO, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in February and bravely battled the disease, until his peaceful death in a Manhasset, NY hospital on Saturday, December 18, at around 3 a.m. morning, according to his publicist, Lion Lindwedel.
âThe new look for hip hop and cancer is to go get tested before it happens,â he urged in an interview with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance earlier this year.
Shaun Shiller Fequiere was an American of Haitian descent born in Brooklyn on August 10, 1966 and raised in East Flatbush. Her father, AndrÃ©, drove taxis, while her mother, Jean, worked as a cleaning lady.
It took its name after its popular headgear and ended up receiving a lifetime sponsorship from the company. Before MC-ing, he and his colleague UTFO [UnTouchable Force Organization] The member, Doctor Ice, first embraced another element of hip hop, B-Boying. They performed as “Keystone Dancers”, on tour with another hip-hop trio from Brooklyn, Whodini. The Educated Rapper and DJ Mix Master Ice formed the quartet.
âWe don’t want to be labeled as a rap group,â he explained in a 1985 Washington post interview. âWe want to be labeled as a group that can rap. “
UTFO also performed on “The Phil Donahue Show” in 1984, exposing hip hop to mainstream audiences. In 1985, they were one of the first hip hop groups to perform at the Apollo Theater, and also participated in the Fresh Fest @MSG. They helped popularize the genre of urban music to millions of people at a time when it only aired on major radio stations on Friday and Saturday nights.
âShe wouldn’t rap a guy like me. She was walking down the street so I said, ‘Hello, I’m Kangol from UTFO.’ And she said ‘So?’ And I said ‘So what? Baby don’t you know I can sing, rap and dance in one show, because I’m Kangol, Mr. Sophisticator. As far as I’m concerned, no one is taller, âhe rhymed.
Its verses kicked off their influential 1984 classic track “Roxanne, Roxanne,” which sparked over two dozen tracks of response and legendary rap rivalries brought the careers of several female MCs to life, mainly the protÃ©gÃ© of Marley Marl, “Roxanne’s Revenge” by Roxanne Shante. Both tracks made Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time list.
It has sold several hundred thousand copies and reached No. 10 on Billboard’s R&B Singles Chart, and No. 77 on their Hot 100.
Another popular response track was âThe Real Roxanne,â by Real Roxanne, with the two acts often appearing in the same shows.
âWhen you think of hip hop, hip hop is a sport,â Kangol told AllHipHopTV in 2017. âA lot of breakdancing is a battle, rap is a battle, DJs fight, but we were the first to beat us on wax. “
The innovative MC explained his creativity in the book âThe Rap Attackâ (1985): âAnother novelty is Z-rap. It would be like a code language. I was talking to him and his name was Doctor Ice. I would say, ‘Dizoctor Izice. Yizo hizo bizoy wizon’t youza kizoy mesover herezere? ‘ – it’s just saying, ‘Yo, buddy, why don’t you come here?’ and what I did was rap with that language.
They released their first album “UTFO” in 1985, and four more albums followed.
Years later, Kangol Kid produced and wrote for other artists, including the Whistle group, also did voiceovers and wrote reviews for Black Beat Magazine and AllHiphop.com.
As a co-founder of the Mama Luke Foundation, he has supported cancer charities and was honored in 2012 by the American Cancer Society.
He is survived by his parents; brothers, Joel, Andy and Alix; three sons, T. Shaun, Andre and Giovanni; one daughter, Amancia; and seven grandchildren.
Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J and? Uestlove of The Roots were among many who expressed their condolences on social media.