Legendary and Innovative Hip-Hop Group
U.T.F.O. was a Brooklyn, NY-based rap group,
comprised of the Kangol Kid, Doctor
Ice, the Educated Rapper, and Mix Master Ice. The quartet first met as dancers
for Whodini, before forming U.T.F.O. (which stood for "Untouchable
Force Organization") in 1983. Early on, the group referred to themselves
as "the Village People of Rap," due to the fact that each member possessed
a specific image (Doctor Ice was the "Hip-Hop Physician," Educated
Rapper was a college student who wore a suit and tie, Mix Master Ice assumed
the persona of a ninja since he would "cut things up" on the turntables,
and Kangol Kid got his name due to his affinity for always wearing Kangol-brand
Signing to the Select label in 1984, U.T.F.O. scored a massive
hit single right of the bat with "Roxanne, Roxanne," which spawned
over 100 answer records, the most famous of which was from Roxanne Shante with
1985 saw U.T.F.O. issue a self-titled full-length debut, which
included their own "Roxanne, Roxanne" follow-up, "Calling Her
a Crab (Roxanne Part 2)," as the group toured alongside such fellow influential
rap acts as Run-D.M.C., Kurtis Blow, the Fat Boys, and Newcleus, on a 30-city
venue tour called the New York City Fresh Fest.
After their first album, the Educated Rapper left the group. They recorded
“Skeezer Pleezer,” which featured the popular song “Split
Personality,” he returned for the rest of the tenure.
Their next album “Lethal” went for a darker and frankly, more foul
mouthed approach. The Educated Rapper returned. The group recorded a track with
Anthrax (pre-dating that groups work with Public Enemy).
All of the members of U.T.F.O are still active in the Hip-Hop
community and continue to put out new material.
Watch the classic “Roxanne, Roxanne” Video