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The hip-hop world is mourning the loss of hip-hop legend Kangol Kid who passed away at a hospital in Manhasset, New York on Saturday. He was 55.

Brooklyn-born Kangol, real name Shaun Fequiere, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in February after experiencing abdominal discomfort and bloody stools.

His son T.Shaun Fequiere announced Kangol's death on Instagram on Saturday:

Prior to his cancer diagnosis, Kangol helped raise awareness for cancer through the Mama Luke Foundation.

He lost a family member to cancer and his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer and leukemia.

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Kangol Kid (right) is an original member of the iconic hip-hop, break dancing group UTFO (UnTouchable Force Organization), best-known for their '80s hit singles "Roxanne, Roxanne" and "Ya Cold Wanna Be With Me."

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Kangol Kid, known for rocking the once popular Kangol headwear, is pictured with rap legend Lolita Shanté Gooden, aka Roxanne Shanté, whose hit recording "Roxanne's Revenge" at age 14 sparked dozens of "Roxanne Wars" answer records in NYC back in the '80s.

UTFO's "Roxanne, Roxanne" is ranked number 84 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop list.

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In an interview with PIX11, Kangol discussed his cancer diagnosis and how the hip-hop community supported him. Rapper/actor LL Cool J visited him in the hospital after Kid underwent colon resection surgery.

A Gofundme page raised over $24,000 in donations for his medical expenses.

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Kangol Kid leaves behind his second wife, Tajiry Swindell, their 6-year-old daughter, Amancia, and his three adult sons: T.Shaun, Andre and Giovanni, from a previous marriage.

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Legendary Hip-Hop Artist Yolanda "Yo-Yo" Whitaker appears on ABC News Special "The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game."

ABC News has announced a new special, The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game, which takes an intimate look at the evolution and impact of women emcees and rappers.

This brand new special from ABC News features an all-female interview lineup including Yo-Yo, Monie Love, MC Lyte, Da Brat, Roxanne Shanté, Eve Cooper, and more.

The ABC News Special is narrated by Cheryl "Salt" James of the legendary hip-hop duo Salt-N-Pepa.

Yo-Yo is a Grammy-nominated hip hop entertainer, actress, educator, and philanthropist. The cast member of VH1's popular "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood" series is affectionately known as Auntie Yo-Yo.

The founder of the Intelligent Black Woman's Coalition (IBWC) is best known for her hit single "You Can't Play with My Yo-Yo", off her debut album, Make Way for the Motherlode (1991).

She is also known for her recurring role as Sheneneh Jenkins' rapping bestie, Keylolo, on the '90s sitcom Martin.

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Yo-Yo first appeared on the track "It's a Man's World" off Ice Cube's 1990 debut studio album AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted.

Yo-Yo, 50, is a proud grandmother and mother of two beautiful, intelligent daughters, Tiffany and Sanai.

The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game airs on Monday, October 18, at 10/9c on ABC and can be viewed the next day On Demand and on Hulu.

Watch the trailer below.


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Rapper Jim Jones argues that being a rapper today is more dangerous than being a soldier in Iraq.

Most rap enthusiasts agree that rap music went 10 toes up a long time ago. But Jones's analogy between a rapper and a soldier at war didn't sit well with on Iraq war veteran.

"Heard the comments you made about 'being a rapper is harder than fighting a war in Iraq...' You allowed to have your opinion without any facts nor truth to it, but as a Vet and hip hop fan, I found it extremely disrespectful and ignorant," the vet wrote on Instagram.

The vet, who goes by the username @mramcore, said his unit fought in Iraq in 2004 and lost more Marines in two months than 'rappers' in the past three years.

He added: "Keep talking but there is no comparison!"