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KANGO KID talks life + music + career with Bobby Simmons

August 15, 201827 min
The Kangol Kid, is an American hip hop producer, songwriter, break dancer, and emcee. Kangol is best known as a member of the old school hip hop group, UTFO. Kangol Kid was the first hip-hop artist to endorse a product through his official sponsorship with Kangol headwear. His signature hat has been inducted into the Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Kangol Kid is considered to be one of the "pioneers of hip-hop". Kangol Kid was originally a breakdancer along with his dance partner, Doctor Ice. In 1984, UTFO became one of the most popular rap and breakdance acts in the country on the strength of their breakout single, "Roxanne, Roxanne." During the mid-80s, as "Roxanne, Roxanne" gained popularity and chart position, UTFO was voted best rap group, at the 1988 Urban Music Awards, had featured spots on Don Cornelius' Soul Train, The Phil Donahue Show, and performed live for actors such as Dustin Hoffman, and Tony Danza. UTFO was the first rap group to perform at Harlem's Apollo Theater as they opened for Hall & Oates and the Temptation's Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. In 1987, UTFO released their most popular selling album, Lethal. The title song featured the rock group Anthrax and later that year became the number one rap album in the United States. In 1985, Kangol wrote and composed "Private Property" on the Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force. Later that year, he managed and produced the rap group, Whistle. Kangol works as a producer, composer, performer, artist manager, and songwriter. He is the President of music production company, Kangol's Kreations, Inc., and CEO of his Public Relations firm, Kreative Media Group. Kangol's lectures at high schools and colleges nationwide on the business of music. In 2012, Kangol became to first rapper to be honored by the American Cancer Society.