Genres: Urban
Tags: hip-hop rap old school hip hop early 80s hip-hop 80s old school hip hop all Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Their initials standing for Untouchable Force Organization, Brooklyn, New York, USA-based U.T.F.O. was formed in 1982 by Doctor Ice (Fred Reeves) and the Kangol Kid (b. Shawn Fequiere), both concurrently breakdancers for Whodini, with the Educated Rapper (b. Jeffrey Campbell) and Mix Master Ice (b. Maurice Bailey). Their second single, 1985’s ‘Roxanne, Roxanne’, set the New York City rap kids alight as they complained of an unobliging female, over a rhythm track built from Billy Squier’s ‘The Big Beat’, and produced by Full Force. It would see an answer record from Roxanne Shanté that outsold their own version, and a whole industry that grew up around the phenomenon (the Real Roxanne, the Original Roxanne, and Sparky D). The Educated Rapper was missing on U.T.F.O.’s second album, Skeezer Pleezer. The trio turned to rock/rap crossover for 1987’s Lethal, before reggae and swingbeat took over on their later work. Nothing,...

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