Thursday June 18th 2009,
Filed under: Announcements,Not Your Average,Rest In Peace
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One of graff’s greatest characters has passed on. Having set records for bombing outsides in his prime, he underwent a blood transfer after suffering kidney failure in 1996 as a result of a life of inhaling paint fumes, having started his world famous career in 1972. It was this same condition that finally claimed his life on June 17, 2009. Rest In Peace IZ.

IZ Myspace

“A lotta trains, a lotta fun…a lot of art”.

Iz The Wiz in Style Wars, 1983:

Iz The Wiz in the Style Wars bonus new footage:

Filmed just five days before IZ died:

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Word…RIP – IZ THE WIZ!!! BX Legend!!!

Comment by DeezNutz 06.18.09 @

True NY Original. He will live on as part of NY history forever, as expressed in “Style Wars”.
Deez I think he is from Queens, So. Ozone Park.

Comment by keatso 06.18.09 @

One of the illest throwies in the game, ever. Nice and simple.

Comment by Marc Oz 06.18.09 @

peace on his soul!
mad respect


Comment by kez 06.18.09 @

Pelon legend, no doubt.

Comment by zues 06.18.09 @

R.I.P. Iz

Comment by Jaz 06.18.09 @

respect. peep lady pink in the flick.

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Comment by TYBO2020 06.19.09 @

RIP IZ…Legendary writer
DURO CIA what up cuz

Comment by dj blendz 06.19.09 @

Iz The Wiz is a true pioneer and will be missed. Yet he lives forever in the pages of HIP HOP CULTURE. Thanks for the post.

Comment by DJ TRS 06.20.09 @

RIP to Iz. Iz was from Queens but he used to bomb the hell out of the 2 and 5 trains around my way; I remember seeing his shit when I was around 10 years old, and I’m an old head!! This cat here was a true original.

Comment by bronxbred 06.20.09 @

R.I.P. True graff king. While the toys are at home, resting on their pillows…… a lot of rock, a lot of steel…..

Comment by BIGSPICE 06.21.09 @

Its so ill once you learn about writing in nyc the 1st thing you learn is it has nothing to do with hip hop. Th hip hop community totally adopted writing for its own use and purposes.

Comment by Mercilesz 06.21.09 @

R.I.P.. “when the toys are at home sleeping….”

Comment by Edubz 06.21.09 @

RIP true legend.

Comment by tareq 06.23.09 @

Damn, RIP to a true legend and mad condolences to his family.

IZ has some throw ups running the SF Caltrain tunnels. When I would see them everyday on my commute, I would hear IZ quotes from Style Wars replaying in my head.

Comment by EONS 06.23.09 @

bomb the heaven trainz en keep it up

peace and mad respect

Comment by PEGO 06.29.09 @

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