August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012
August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012
Last week I was painting the Delicious mural and I had the privilege to meet this cat Phade. I’m surprised I never met him sooner being that I too had roots in airbrushing tees back in the 80’s, but not to the extent of his clientele, straight Hip-hop royalty.
to name a few……. the other thing we had in common was that he used to write SLICK sometimes!
“……and who wrote WAR next to fat Albert?”
this one outline in particular caught my attention in his book, he told me that it was by King Case 2 himself….. and that he was Ok in the hospital….. on Sunday we all found out otherwise…..RESPECT……… so he sent this out the day after and said it was ok for me to post it……..
As one of Kase 2’s first born when it comes to what the kids call today ‘Swag’ I respectfully send out my condolences out to the Jeffrey Brown family. Me and Kase met in 1978, We quickly became friends and he began to mentor me as his protege. We fought side by side in the street, Kase respected me not as an underling but almost as an equal. he helped shape and groom my aerosol art career in its early stages. He always had perception as to what was next.He is truly ‘King of Style’. Kase gave me an outline in 1978 of my name ‘Phade’. He was impressed that I was able to scale his art professionally, and proportionately so we became piecing partners. Wether it was one of his moniker names or our names, we painted hard. Kase took me to clubs like Celebrity club, Harlem World, Renaissance ballroom, Audubon Ballroom. He enabled me to meet the heroes of the day such as Busy Bee and Kool dJ AJ. The Moore House Crew we called ourselves. That was Kase’s family he always mentioned Dee,Glenn, Crusader Rob, Al boogie,Tray-Bag, Gill Seville etc. We became his extended family. He taught me how to stand up as a man and protect my artistic ability by any means. So many words can describe Jeff pka Kase 2 The Fantastic Partners. When Butch came home he embraced me also. They together embraced my team Lil Seen, Doze, Daze, Lady Pink, Harold, LC, EC3, CUE, he showed us all how to be and conduct ourselves as ‘Kings” . There were collaborations that only pictures can bring bck the memories of those nights at Gunhill rd lay-up and bussin’ 6 whole cars. Kase/Butch, Phade/Agent, kel139/Cos, Mare/shy 147,piecing with Skeme/Dez, Lil Karado/SO, Jap 115, Moet, Gnome etc. Kase was unselfish, willing to teach and always opened his heart and doors for others. I have been so blessed to meet and be a pivotal part of this mans life that meant so much to others. 33 Years of knowing a true King of Style I can brag about that, but missing Kase is gonna be hard. I wear my crown proudly and do daily watch the throne, that was Kases life….letting you know who the true Kings of Style are and whose crowns are on tight.
Thanks to a mentor, brother, historian, fighter, artist supreme, To the King Of Style thanks for the memories and the Love of the life game we are in….Hip Hop-Edwin Sacasa aka King Phade the one and only
pic( Kase2, Butch 2, EC3, Cue 1979TFP) Copyright/Edwin Sacasa(Phade 1998 Ultimate Hip Hop Experience collection)
thanx PHADE for sharing with us……
never had the privilege of painting with u or even ever meeting u in person but I feel I know u from the hours glued to the tv and beta-max watching style wars studying your every stroke, memorizing every line u spat like it was the gospel. R.I.P king Kase 2. I will be thankful the day I can get up and spray u a 21 can salute…….
“Love is a losing game……”
Before u start sending me hate mail, u deal with addiction and loss yur way and I’ll deal with it my way, fuck, I like her music………
We celebrated the life of an old friend this weekend. I just re-linked with Dream these past few years or so. It was real uplifting to hear all the stories of the lives he impacted during the post graff years. Nobody from the crew went up to speak, but it’s ok, that’s something us writers have, or memories with the KING DREAM, SMD, not for everybody else………. I put a silver and blue LA hands in the casket along with a can of true blue and 99¢ silver. after the service and life celebration, a few of us heads went back to the studio to talk smack bout each other and have a toast to the king.
u can’t get a gang of OG’s out and not bust out blackbooks……
SPHERE, aka OG Abel
Brandon and Josh his beloved nephews.
they came through today so I can hit his cap for graduation on Thursday
I painted this set of the hands for KING DREAM, he loved him some True blue and silver. 99¢ silvers fer days!!!!
Money B & Scott Knoxx for our boy 2pac
DU with PAC
R.I.P LEON BOTHA AKA DJ SOLARIZE
I never got to know u but yur werk and yur short time here with us on this planet shall be missed and lives on!!!
Diss iz a real difficult post for me….. I still can’t believe my ninja DREAM has gone to that yard in the sky…….. Thanx for the memories, all the good times and for making me feel welcome when I was a stranger to LA. Being he was Philipino from Carson, he reminded me of a local boy from back home. Everybody thought he was Samoan cuz of his dookie braids and ganxta mentallity ( and we kicked it with BOO YAA TRIBE ). This is the most recent flick Steve Grody snapped of us a month back at the TEMPT wall. He loved that shit cuz it was all silver and black.
GREEN, SLICK and KING DREAM…………….SMD, mo fo’, SMD! They made me honorary SMD fo the day, like DMC said,”…..down with the Kiiiiing”. You will be missed my brotha but never forgotten, KING DREAM……………