SoliDare-ity, Revolution, Change...
GOING BACK TO DAY ONE, when it comes to Hip Hop and even a taste of modern pop culture be it under or above ground, NYC’s Harlem Bronxite artist, P.H.A.S.E. 2 can stake a claim to a few things of significance. Drawing at a very young age he emerged as a revolutionary voice for street culture. During the 70s, P.H.A.S.E. 2 did not simply write his name on subway cars, but brought a much more inventive and artistic approach to what was called masterpieces. He introduced his softie and wild styled lettering (loops, arrows, etc.) and an array of other essential elements to the movement. He continued to influence style into the 90s by adding blueprints and components of AEROSOL/street art AND style writings. P.H.A.S.E. 2 is among the first aerosol artists to exhibit in galleries. His work set the foundation for many iconic 20th century street and pop culture artists, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat.
He assisted in putting Hip Hop on the map by setting off its flyer craze with his often imitated and original funky nous deco flyer ads. In 1982, he
contributed as a DJ to new and unknown music and break beats to the Hip Hop genre, including Pussyfooter by Jackie Robinson (which was sampled
by Bel Biv Devoe and Eric B and Rakim).
From Rap's beginnings, P.H.A.S.E. 2 went from park jams to shows rhyming and chanting with his ORIGINAL crooning style rap flow. He donned colorful wool ski hats and skullys making them a HIP HOP AND URBAN fashion statement. He not only introduced the world battle (up) rocking and other styles with his crew, Electrified Movement, but was also the main catalyst in assembling one of the most incredible B-boy crews ever, which he named The New York City Breakers. His influence can be traced to the roots of the culture on down to the inception of the well-known CK logo.
P.H.A.S.E. 2's imprint remains and is evident in today's inner global spectrum...as he continues on an unconventional rendezvous of creative and socially
conscious trailblazing in the 21st century.
Acrylic on Canvas
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