Educated Rapper aka Jeffrey Campbell of UFTO died age 54

Jeffrey Campbell aka Educated Rapper of the legendary hip-hop group UTFO passed away following a battle with cancer. On 3 June 2017 it was confirmed that he was taken to a Brooklyn hospital where he died.

“I just got off the phone with Rahiem (of the Furious Five),” Van Silk says. “They were all hospital last night. It was the first time all original members of UTFO had been together in a long time. He had been sick with cancer and must have had it for awhile.”

Mix Master Ice had previously posted a heartfelt plea on Facebook to fans asking for their prayers prior to Campbell’s passing.

UTFO (which stands for Untouchable Force Organization) was 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 Kangol Kid (Shiller Shaun Fequiere), Educated Rapper (Jeffrey Campbell), Doctor Ice (Fred Reeves), and Mix Master 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, 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.

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

Close friends of Jeffrey Campbell had also reacted to this sad news.

source BET

 

 


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