R.I.P. Style Fathers…

iz the wiz

Rest in piece to Iz The Wiz. I never met this man but he was definitely one of the greatest bombers in the history of graff, My earliest memories of watching his throwups were on the old 6 trains that stretched from Pelham Bay Park down to Chambers Street.

When I was younger I spent summers with my grandmother in Co-Op City. My dad would be working O.T. and my mom was busy finishing up her undergrad work. I’m sure I wasn’t more than 8 yrs old at the time and I can distinctly remember seeing the throwups emblazoned on the outside of trains. As an eight year old all that colorful shit makes you think the subways are a magical, circus-like place.

As a teenager who copped his fair share of tags on the inside and outside of subway cars I found it strange to still see Iz The Wiz throwups on the outsides of the ancient G trains that I took to get to Brooklyn Tech high school. Who was this dude, along with NE a/k/a MIN ONE and QUIK that had kept on getting up in the system even though now it was hard as hell and if you were caught you had the book thrown at you?

Years and years of aerosol art has finally placed Iz The Wiz’ soul in the air. Do something silently defiant and slightly illegal for Iz The Wiz this weekend. He definitely would have done the same for you.

lo 4 life

There was a lot less coverage of the passing of Boostin’ Billy. As a matter of fact there was no internets coverage as far as I’m concerned. I got a message from one of the 2nd Gen Decepts that Boostin’ Billy, a co-founder of the Lo-Lifes had passed away. I haven’t had the chance to confirm or deny this story from the Lo-Lifes perspective but as soon as I do I will let y’all know the deal.

I did not know Boostin’ Billy personally but his name does ring bells. I’m sure he was one of the many young men that I encountered on the Deuce back in its Black youth heyday and the latter years of the Latin Quarters. To this day I still wear my Polo I.T.’s more out of respect for all the brothers that passed away to obtain and maintain this level of fresh. This is my lifestyle for life.

It was a wild thing to see my dad pass away a few years ago. He was such a lion I expected him to live forever. So it goes for all giants and lions and great influencers. Our time here is ridiculous and short. Respect to all of those that have left their indelible mark on our minds and in our hearts. These people are the fathers to our style.

iz the wiz

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  • Pierzy

    Good morning Dallas…

    Happy Father’s Day to ALL the style fathers out there.

    Even for those of us that didn’t grow up in NYC, the pioneers that showcased their art on the sides of trains were legends, even in our cities (or towns). RIP Iz The Wiz & everybody else that was a father to this ever-changing hip-hop culture…

    • geico lizard

      co-sign Happy Fathers Day to the real men holding it down for their kids.

  • http://www.myspace.com/fastlifearchitects miles archer

    I don’t agree with you much… get angry, even volatile sometimes, at what you write… this morning, you reminded me that this culture, that undoubtably we take for granted, still exists and is something I connect emotionally to.

    Damn it feels good to read something that had some feeling, some substance… something that had relevance to a time and place.

    As corny as it sounds, thank you for that.

    One Love
    miles archer

  • E

    The Montreal metro stations are gettin’ bombed on as soon as I get off the 9-2-5.

    “I’m not a player just a ill rhyme sayer
    That’ll spray an Aerosol can up at the ozone layer”

    R.I.P Iz The Wiz

  • geico lizard

    “Do something silently defiant and slightly illegal for Iz The Wiz this weekend.”
    *tears tag off mattress*

    R.I.P Iz The Wiz

    • Pierzy

      I think I’m going to duplicate my keys…

  • Dallas Penn

    Geico Lizard,
    You could get years for that homey.

  • foolio_iglesias

    I’ll trade you a GAP fleece hoodie for that shirt yo.

  • Federal Ranga

    Peons… everybody knows that if you own the mattress, you can tear the little tag off that bitch… no sweat…

    @ P…
    Come bruh… duplicating keys? You could at LEAST forge a signature or put your utilities in your kid’s name.

  • Federal Ranga

    Jackasses, mayne…. Happy Father’s Day! Everybody knows that if you OWN the mattress, you can tear the fuckin tag, or anything else, off the mattress. Geico, you don’t have one of those Rent A Center mattresses, do you?

    @ P
    Copying keys? COME ON! Comission gotta go harder than that. You could at LEAST forge a signature or put your utilities in your kid’s name, you…

    I am going to redeem a Foot Locker gift card… at a Sport’s Authority. HAHAAAA!!!

    • Pierzy

      Aight Fed…how about this?

      I’ll upload 24 songs and WON’T pay $1.9 mil for them. How you like me now, RIAA?? Maybe that is pushing it…

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    Hope the REAL dads are having a good day, because in actuality, its just another day growing the seeds, & all that entails…….

    *yells @ sons to stop fighting over the Wolverine toy*

    The graf scene in New York has always been super fresh compared to out here in LA. Y’all have/had artists who impacted the culture artistically. Here, its always been more or less a bunch of tagging ass jerks who were too scared to get put on their neighborhood.

    RIP to all those who deserve the respect & Happy Dads Day again. We only get one of these shits a year; eat/drink good & tell wifey to go in extra tonight.

    In memory of Iz, I’ll open my neighbor’s mail.

  • Jamal7Mile

    Happy Fathers Day to all!

    In the name of Lo Life, I feel like swiping a couple of Polo’s from the nearby Northland Mall. If I wasn’t 35 years old… well, yeah.

    The Lo Life name ranged out all the way out here in Detroit… the ’80s, I think. Polo this, Polo that… and Lo Life was the common denominator.

    I wish I knew IZ. D-Town graffiti consisted of gangs or crews marking their teritory on the side of burnt out bldgs and Lodge Fwy bridge walls. Stick figure bullshit. I never did call that shit art, I just took it as a warning to hide any pocket change under my nuts (they never checked there).

    Wildstyle is a movie on my “check it out” list. Hate to say it, but I haven’t seen it yet (lowers head in shame). Don’t worry, I’ll see it soon. Keep the hate to a minimum, please.


  • $ykotic

    Late Happy Father’s Day to my homies!

    Funny because I’m wearing the elephant leather Polo boots now with the teddy bear polo shirt.

    Great minds think alike…

    No dry snitching but I spent a lot of time on Delancey Street.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    Yo what up $yk! I’m late too brotha! Happy Late Fathers Day to all!

    DP, that was a deep and thoughtful post!

  • DV8

    good go Penn. its good to see some hiphop history still being taught. Its to bad NY didnt stay in they own lane and start claiming colors instead of keeping gangs like the Deceptz and Magnum Force going. I dont know much about the Lo-Lifes but I do remember Thirstin Howl III being one of the more famous members. I remember that other hiphop publication did a whole article on them back in the 90′s. They was bold.


    the graf shit this takes me back to when i was younger. my brother got me into it back in the day it was crazy but i love it. you could take those sticky tags they use for packages for free from the post office. my bro would take a stack and we would spend the whole night putting out tags on them. since we lived near the 6 train we would ride the train to every stop on the 6. run out place the sticker and run back on the train. we was never to big on spray paint because that shit took long to make something look good. to me to just throw something up to put it over another tag and it was not better. than that tag to me that is like a form of hating. we had a little crew but we was going against each other. like getting your shit in other peoples schools that was big for us. the reason people who knew was liek you don’t even go here when you had time to do that. well r.i.p. Iz The Wiz i am going up my bro and let him know good drop dp



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