UTFO

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UTFO
Origin Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Genres Hip-hop
Years active 1984–present
Labels Select Records
UTFO/Jive/RCA Records
Associated acts Full Force
The Real Roxanne
Whodini
Members Educated Rapper
Kangol Kid
Doctor Ice
MixMaster Ice

UTFO (which stands for Untouchable Force Organization) is an old-school hip hop group, popular in the 1980s, that was mentored by the contemporary R&B group Full Force. The group consists of the Kangol Kid (Shiller Shaun Fequiere), the Educated Rapper (Jeffrey Campbell) (also known as EMD), Doctor Ice (Fred Reeves), and MixMaster Ice (Maurice Bailey). The group's best-known single is "Roxanne, Roxanne," a widely acclaimed and hip-hop classic, which created a sensation on the hip-hop scene soon after it was released and inspired numerous answer records, most notably by Marley Marl's protégée Roxanne Shanté. "Roxanne, Roxanne" was originally the B-side of the lesser-known single "Hangin' Out."[1] Because of personal issues, the Educated Rapper was absent for its second effort, Skeezer Pleezer (1986), which produced one notable track with the song "Split Personality." EMD was, however, on one album track, "Pick Up The Pace", also featured in the movie Krush Groove. In 2008, “Roxanne, Roxanne” was ranked number 84 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

History[edit]

Kangol Kid and Doctor Ice were originally known as The Keystone Dancers and were a dance duet, before going on to be dancers for Whodini (while Ice and Jalil call each other "brother", they are not, in fact, related). Eventually, they went on to form UTFO in their hometown of Brooklyn, New York. In 1984, the group signed with Fred Munao's Select Records, and, in the same year, it released its hit single "Roxanne Roxanne." The group's debut album was produced by R&B group Full Force. While UTFO no longer operates as a group, they are all still very active in their fields. Doc is currently back to dancing for Whodini while also pursuing his solo career. Mixmaster Ice DJs in Columbus, Ohio and around the world. Educated Rapper is not currently active in Hip Hop, but is living up to his name, having recently graduated college. The most active and high profile member is Kangol Kid. Kangol still writes and produces, but more than that, he has gone on with Shaunda Lumpkin to found The Mama Luke Foundation, hip hop's weapon against Breast Cancer. Together they are raising awareness through marches, television appearances and much more.

Break dancing[edit]

The members of UTFO were the first break dancers to appear on The Phil Donahue Show.[2][3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Hangin' Out" b/w "Roxanne, Roxanne" (1984), Select
  • Roxanne, Roxanne (1984), Select
  • Beats and Rhymes (1984), Select
  • "Rough & Rugged" (1989), Select
  • "Bite It" (1985), Select
  • "Leader of the Pack" (1985), Select
  • "Pick Up the Pace" (1985), Select
  • "Split Personality" (1986), Select
  • "We Work Hard" (1986), Select
  • "Ya Cold Wanna Be with Me" (1987), Select
  • "Lethal" (1987), Select
  • "Let's Get It On" (1988), Select
  • "Wanna Rock" (1989), Select
  • "Lisa Lips" (1989), Select
  • "My Cut Is Correct" (1989), Select
  • "If You Don't Wanna Get Pregnant" (1990), Jive
  • "I'm a Dog" (1991), Jive

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