Kangol Kid

  • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Biography

Shaun Shiller Fequiere, known by his stage name, Kangol Kid, or, alternatively, The Kangol Kid, is a Haitian-American hip hopproducersongwriterbreak dancer, and emcee. Fequiere is probably best known as a member of the old school hip hop group,UTFO

Fequiere was born in Haiti, and emigrated to the United States as a child, eventually settling with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Fequiere acquired his nickname, The Kangol Kid, from neighborhood friends during the early 80s, because of the many Kangol hats he owned and wore.[citation needed] He was also officially sponsored by Kangol Headwear, Inc.

Fequiere originally joined the rap group UTFO as a breakdancer. 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."[citation needed]

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 TrainThe 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'sApollo Theater as they opened for Hall & Oates and the Temptation's Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin.[citation needed]

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, Fequiere wrote and composed a song on the Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force platinum album.

Later that year, he managed and produced the rap group, Whistle. In 1986, Whistle's first single, "(Nothin' Serious) Just Buggin'" (written and produced by Whistle,Fequiere andHowie Tee) became an international hit which contains a distinct whistling sample that can be heard scratched on DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s recordings.

In 1989, Fequiere left UTFO and began production of a re-make of Heatwave's "Always & Forever" for Whistle which also became a Top 10 seller. His success with this project landed more producing projects with LAM 'n R.E.C., Gerardo, 7669, and Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley.

Fequiere also produced baseball player Darryl Strawberry's (then, of the New York Mets) rap record "Chocolate Strawberry" then later wrote the theme song for professional basketball player Scottie Pippen's (of then Chicago Bulls) Sega CD-ROM Slam City with Scottie Pippen.

In 1985, Fequiere wrote and composed a song on the Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force platinum album.

Later that year, he managed and produced the rap group, Whistle. In 1986, Whistle's first single, "(Nothin' Serious) Just Buggin'" (written and produced by Whistle,Fequiere andHowie Tee) became an international hit which contains a distinct whistling sample that can be heard scratched on DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s recordings.

In 1989, Fequiere left UTFO and began production of a re-make of Heatwave's "Always & Forever" for Whistle which also became a Top 10 seller. His success with this project landed more producing projects with LAM 'n R.E.C., Gerardo, 7669, and Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley.

Fequiere also produced baseball player Darryl Strawberry's (then, of the New York Mets) rap record "Chocolate Strawberry" then later wrote the theme song for professional basketball player Scottie Pippen's (of then Chicago Bulls) Sega CD-ROM Slam City with Scottie Pippen.

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