NYC Hip-Hop Pioneer Kangol Kid Has Passed Away

UTFO Legend Kangol Kid Dead At 55

Sending our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Shaun Shiller Fequiere, better known by his stage name Kangol Kid, was a well-known rapper and UTFO member, who died on Saturday at a hospital in Manhasset, New York, 10 months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, at the age of 55.

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

T.Shaun Fequiere, the rapper’s son, said in an Instagram post revealing his death on Dec. 18, “I just wanna hear you again, another hug, another embarrassing kiss.” His publicist, Lion Lindwedel, said that complications from colon cancer were the reason of his death.

Kid was renowned for always wearing his iconic Kangol headgear and for working with the Mama Luke Foundation to promote cancer awareness both before and after his cancer diagnosis.

He was a member of the hip-hop group UTFO, which stood for “UnTouchable Force Organization,” and was a pioneer in the early 1980s in New York City rap.

Doctor Ice, Mix Master Ice, and Educated Rapper, all of whom died in 2017, were members of the Brooklyn group best known for their 1984 hit song “Roxanne, Roxanne.”

The song was written from the viewpoint of three guys who were all turned down by the same lady, Roxanne, who was elusive (and fictional).

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The said song sparked the “Roxanne Wars” after rapper Roxanne Shante responded with her diss track “Roxanne’s Revenge,” which led to dozens of other groups making their own records in response to the song.

It barely sold a few hundred thousand copies and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and No. 77 on the Hot 100, but it had a considerably bigger effect than the figures could show.

Reactions to UTFO Legend Kangol Kid Dead At 55

The hip-hop community lost a legend today. Rest easy #KangolKid #UTFO🕊🕊

@ali_N_pdx

🕊🕊🕊 Shaun Shiller Fequiere “Kangol Kid” of U.T.F.O. #rip

@Baba_LP_7

Rest in Peace, Kangol Kid of UTFO “I'm Kangol from UTFO." And she said ..So !!! .. And I said "So! Baby don't you know? .. I can sing, rap, and dance in just one show”

@SebastianAvenue

RIP Kangol Kid 🤲🏾💞 Sleep well. Peace and eternal healing upon you! #kangolkid #ripkangolkid #hiphop #hiphoplegend #hiphopculture #hiphophistory

@coachkandaka

The way we blasted this back in the day🔥… great memories.. RIP #KangolKid 💙🕊#UTFO #GenX

@LoveThePuck

Sleep in paradise to Kangol Kid from the old school hip hop group UTFO 🙏❤️ #RIPKangolKid #UTFO #KangolKid

@Blackm84Bm

Rest Easy Kangol Kid 🙏🏾🕊

@ilovehiphop_88

We lost another Hip Hop legend. Rest In Beats Kangol Kid.🙏🏾

@LordLionO1

Rest In Peace to the legendary Kangol Kid of UTFO🙏🕊

@TheRealAntonioA

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