Hip-hop has lost The Educated Rapper, one of the founding members of the legendary rap group U.T.F.O.
Fellow UTFO member Kangol Kid confirmed the sad news on his Instagram account that EMD died at a Brooklyn hospital late Saturday (June 3rd). He was 54.
With incredible sadness and greater regret, I am officially announcing that my UTFO brother Jeffrey Campbell aka "EDUCATED RAPPER" is rocking the mic in Heaven. This feeling I feel right now is so unfamiliar for I have NEVER lost a brother that I've done so much with. I've made history with this man. Only two other men (Doctor Ice @officialdocice and Mixmaster Ice @mixmasterice) understand the loss I feel right now. We're all we have left. Thank you E for taking this incredible ride with me. Hip-Hop Will NEVER forget your contribution…and I will never forget our journey. I love you and will forever miss us. ~Kang.
The Educated Rapper, (real name Jeffrey Campbell), had been hospitalized since Friday (June 2). No word on cause of death, but according to Bow Legged Lou (of Full Force), EMD had been suffering with cancer.
The Educated Rapper was a member of UTFO, which stands for Untouchable Force Organization. He, along with Kangol Kid, Doctor Ice and Mix Master Ice, sparked the infamous Roxanne Wars with their 1984 classic hit, “Roxanne, Roxanne.” The group also appeared in the 1985 hip-hop film, Krush Groove.
Upon hearing the news of the Educated Rapper’s passing, luminaries from the hip-hop community paid tribute to the late rhymer, including Kangol Kid, Doctor Ice, Mix Master Ice, Bow Legged Lou, Chuck D, Kool Keith and Roxanne Shanté.
— Kool Keith (@UltraMan7000) June 4, 2017
Rest In Beats .. The Educated Rapper from UTFO DocIcE Kangol and MixMasterIce were bedside. Yes there was a time MCs bragged on education
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) June 4, 2017
— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) June 2, 2017
— Masta Ace (@mastaace) June 4, 2017
— PETEROCK.COM (@PeteRock) June 4, 2017
Heartfelt condolences to the Campbell friends and family.
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