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Educated Rapper, also known as EMD, achieved fame as a member of 80’s Hip-Hop quartet UTFO and their “Roxanne, Roxanne” smash. The Hip-Hop community gathered in mourning this weekend after news surfaced that the rapper, born Jeffrey Campbell, passed away over the weekend after a battle with cancer according to reports.

HHDX reports:

Educated Rapper (also known as EMD) of the classic Hip Hop group UTFO has passed away, according to former Geto Boys DJ Ready Red, Rahiem of the Furious Five, fellow UTFO member Mix Master Ice and legendary Bronx promoter Van Silk. He was 54.

The news was confirmed late Saturday (June 3) after the “Roxanne, Roxanne” MC had been taken to a Brooklyn hospital where he unfortunately did not pull through. Prior to his passing, Mix Master Ice, who was UTFO’s DJ, penned an emotional tribute via Facebook.

Mix Master Ice’s tribute can be seen below, along with a moving tribute from UTFO member Kangol Kid, who took to Instagram to share his sadness.

We’ve also collected some other mentions of Educated Rapper throughout social media below and on the following pages.

Rest powerfully in peace, Educated Rapper.

Photo: Instagram

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