KOOL AID 131 INTERVIEW
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Where and when (what year) did you start writing on trains?
I am an old school Harlem New York kid. I mean we're talking 1970 when my family moved to Harlem. I started. hittin' trains in the year 1975.
How old were you?
14 years old.
Did you have a mentor?
The late and great famed, the honorable T-REX 131 INDs.
What writers influenced your style when you were starting out?
Again,the honorable T-REX 131, TOP CAT 126 ,the dynamic style master himself RIFF 170, my cuz the honorable PESO 131, and my man STAN 153.
List all the other names under which you are known?
2-BAD, THE BOSS, WARM 2, PALE 2, INCH 007, RAND 2, VEGA 2, KING DOBRA 2, etc...
What lines have you hit?
Number 1, Number 2, Number 3, Number 4, Number 5, Number 6, Number 7.
What borough and what street are you originally from?
Money makin' Manhattan, 131th Street.
What crews have you written for?
INDs, 3YB, BYB, TFP, and of course if you recognize I was the famed TDS pres. himself.
Who were your best partners?
But of course my cuz PESO 131 and my then vice pres. PART 1.
Describe KOOL 131 Style.
Do you have any good raid stories?
Utica Avenue on the number 5 lay-up, Baychester, Broadway lay-up, you know how it goes.
What are you doing currently?
I work for Union Pacific Railroad, still drawing, but for the most part I'm living for Christ, after all he saved me from the cruel and violent world of the great New York City. To sum it all up I'm growin' old gracefully. You dig.
Name some old writers you feel deserve more recognition?
The honorable PESO 131, STAN 153, RIFF 170, PEL, thereีs a host of others.
Any closing words?
To the third generation writers, most respect to you all. Remember, the graff world was built on danger, risk taking, lives lost, hard work, skill, sheer mastery, it was not an equal opportunity employer, you earned respect, you gave respect, if you didn't you well you know. its foundation was strictly honor, which was laid by us, the great kings of old who treasure this ubiquitous craft.If were not for us you would not be where you are today. Remember us always, and show us our honor. Peace....
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