Kase2

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Kase2, King Kase, Case2
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Born Real name: Jeff Brown
12 Dec 1958
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City
Died 14 Aug 2011
Lincoln Hospital, Bronx, New York , U.S.
Known for Graffiti

Kase2 (also known as King Kase2 and Case2; born Jeff Brown in New York City, 1958) was a graffiti writer and a significant contributor to the hip-hop movement. He painted his first handball court in 1973 and by 1976 he had painted over fifty major pieces on subway trains in New York City. In the 1980s he popularized his "computer rock" style, a form of wildstyle where letters are broken into boxes and scrambled. He was featured in the original hip-hop documentary Style Wars, which won the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival. Kase was a member of TFP Crew (The Fantastic Partners).

The self-proclaimed King of Style, Kase was admired by other graffiti writers as having a natural flair for his art, his train pieces being creative and stylish. Kase lost his right arm in a subway accident when he was just ten years old. Kase explained what happened to himself in 'Style Wars': "It wasn't no severely bad accident, just that I got burnt by wires, that's all... electrical wires, and then they rushed me to the hospital and they just had to amputate... 'Cause my tissues and muscles was burnt bad."

Kase died on August 14, 2011,[1] at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in South Bronx from lung adenocarcinoma.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sacasa, Edwin. "'King Of Style' Kase 2 Remembered". MTV. Retrieved 4 January 2012.