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Date Night New York Premiere: Interview with Kangol Kid, 2010

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 Mix Master Ice (Maurice Bailey). The group’s best-known single is “Roxanne, Roxanne,” a widely acclaimed hip-hop classic which created a sensation on the hip-hop scene. It 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.” 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.” In 2008, “Roxanne, Roxanne” was ranked number 84 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.