American visual artist and hip-hop pioneer who rose to fame under the professional alias Fab Five Freddy. He is recognized for having been a founding member of the Fabulous 5 graffiti group.
He made the transition from being a graffiti artist to being a bonafide visual artist in 1979 when he exhibited his work at the famous Galleria LaMedusa in Rome.
He was the first host of the groundbreaking MTV series Yo! MTV Raps.
He is from New York.
Debbie Harry, the lead singer of the rock band Blondie, mentioned him in a verse of their 1981 single "Rapture."