U.T.F.O.'s Educated Rapper Dies at 54

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The Educated Rapper, a member ’80s hip-hop group U.T.F.O., has died following a battle with cancer, AllHipHop reports. He was 54. The news was officially announced on Instagram by fellow U.T.F.O. member Kangol Kid.

Jeffrey Campbell, aka the Educated Rapper, aka EMD, was one-fourth of U.T.F.O., which stands for Untouchable Force Organization, along with the Kangol Kid, Doctor Ice, and Mix Master Ice. Mentored and produced by the R&B group Full Force, their best-known song is the classic 1984 hit “Roxanne, Roxanne.”

After U.T.F.O. canceled an appearance at a concert for Mr. Magic, Marley Marl, and Tyrone Williams’ WBLS radio show, Marl produced Roxanne Shanté’s diss track “Roxanne’s Revenge,” sparking the series of rivalries and response tracks known as the Roxanne Wars.

Revisit U.T.F.O.’s work and find tributes to the Educated Rapper on social media below.


God's will be done.. Peaceful Journey my brother.. Farewell & Salute.. R.I.P. Jeff #ripeducatedrapper #ripemd #UTFO

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Rest In Power my brotha --#educatedrapper #EMD

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This article originally appeared in Stereogum.