Two Hip Hop Legends Pass-A Graff Writer & a Music Exec



Sad news to report.. two Hip Hop legends passed away.. the first is well known graf artist Iz the Wiz (November 30, 1958 – June 17, 2009) Rest in Peace

Below is a video explaining who he was..


The other person who has passed is Gene Griffin. Folks may know him from Guy/ Teddy Riley fame Here’s the story behind him courtsey of Radio Facts.

Gene Griffin of Guy Fame Has Died

June 18, 2009 · Posted in radio facts 

I have actually known about this for a while but literally kept forgetting to print it. (hitting myself in the head). Gene died May 25 of what some describe as early onset Alzheimer’s..
Legendary music executive Gene Griffin, perhaps best known for his involment in G.R. Productions (Gene-Riley Productions) which included music by Guy, Wrecks N Effect, Keith Sweat, Bobby Brown, Boy George, Heavy D and more throughout the late 1980s, passed away early Sunday morning in Atlanta, GA. Griffin was battling Alzheimer’s Disease.

For those who may not be aware, the Georgia born Gene Griffin’s first major success in music on his Sounds of New York label was the late-era disco track, “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life,” by InDeep. After that success, Gene then turned his attention to Kids At Work, the group that featured Teddy Riley which would later morph into Guy (it featured future one-time Guy member Timmy Gatling, and Clurel Henderson).

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  1. LoveTruth says:

    I remember watching Iz the Wiz in Style Wars….It was that documentary that inspired me to do graffiti art.

  2. I wonder how many folks that are “down with Hip Hop” will actually appreciate Iz the Wiz?