Phase 2 was one of the creative forces that helped birth hip hop. He was a master writer and is often credited with inventing the bubble letters that evolved into Wild Style. He was an early break dancer who helped create the dance style know as top rocking. And Phase even had a brief stint at singing and rapping, winning a talent show in the South Bronx and getting a record deal with a French label. But during his entire career, Phase 2 granted very few interviews. This is one of them.
About the Author
I started out writing black comedy, but I'm best known as the first reporter to document hip hop and the instigator of the film Beat Street. I also founded the Cannabis Cup, organized the first 420 ceremonies outside of Marin County, and launched the hemp movement with Jack Herer while writing some landmark conspiracy articles.