"Phase 2, an Aerosol Art Innovator, Is Dead at 64," Online Obituary, The New York Times,
By Jon Caramanica, Dec. 20, 2019
In the early 1970s, the dawn of what became known as hip-hop, he helped shape the art of graffiti on New York City subways. But he hated the word.
Phase 2, who in the early 1970s was one of the most prolific, inventive and emulated New York graffiti writers, and who later in his career produced early hip-hop’s most innovative fliers, died on Dec. 12 at a nursing and rehabilitation center in the Bronx. He was 64.
The cause was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, his longtime friend David Schmidlapp said.
In the South Bronx at the dawn of t
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