Not only was PHASE 2 one of the first aerosol artists to exhibit the art form, he DJ’ed, rapped, made logos for Mike & Dave Records of Cash Crew fame and was a member of the B-Boy crew Electrified Movement as well. He was also responsible for assembling another infamous B-Boy crew called The New York City Breakers.
Damn... This is crazy.. R.I.P. Phase 2 (Graf Legend & Pioneer) Where do I begin here.??? I knew Lonnie since I was a kid. Unknown to most we grew up together in Forest Projects in the Bronx “same building.. same floor” building #965 I never knew he was a writer until I became an artist and was running into him in different parts of the world 🌎. Also known along with Buddy Esquire for creating the legendary Early Hip Hop flyers. I just knew him as my next door neighbor before that. We always got a good laugh about where art had taken both of us. Always proud of his iconic journey in the Graf world. Rest In Peace Brother 🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Phase2 #TheLegend #TheIcon 👑✊🏽✊🏽👍🏽
Around the mid ’80s, Phase 2 began art directing and co-editing the notorious street writing and subway art publication IGTimes. Basically, Phase 2 lived and breathed Hip Hop. His “Funky Nous Deco” style, as he called it, influenced several of his successors.
RIP to the pioneer Phase 2!
If you ever wrote Graf or just enjoy the artform you are indebted to the man #Phase2 Rest In Paint 👑 Phase2 a true legend and historian of the culture the mans contributions are so important. Thank you for everything you gave us #TrueLegend #TrueKing #Phase2— Dante Ross (@DanteRoss) December 13, 2019