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IZ THE WIZ: THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME!!


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IZ THE WIZ..THE PASSING OF A LEGEND!

WHEN I 1ST STARTED WRITING ALL THOSE YEARS AGO..IZ WAS ALREADY A LEGEND..BUT NOT A LEGEND THAT HAD RETIRED..BUT A TRUE LIVING LEGEND..STILL BOMBING HARD AND WITH NO INTENTION OF STOPPING.

I REMEMBER I WAS A SOPHMORE IN H.S...I HAD JUST STARTED BOMBING HARD ON THE A LINE WITH THE KSW CREW AND I WAS ON THE ROCKAWAY BLVD STOP TAKING PICTURES..THIS OLDER GUY WALKS UP 2 ME N THE KID I WAS WITH AND ASKED US IF WE WRITE..HE LOOKED LIKE A COP 2 ME..SO I DIDNT SAY NOTHING..I JUST KEPT WATCHING THE TRAINS..MY FRIEND FOR WHATEVER REASON STARTED TALKING TO HIM AND HE TOLD US HE WAS IZ THE WIZ..I JUST GLANCED BACK AND SAID WHATS UP..BUT INSIDE I WAS LIKE.."OH SHIT./.THATS IZ...HOLY SHIT".I WENT BACK AND TOLD HIM I WROTE DEMER AND HE WAS LIKE "OH YEAH..SEEN U GETTIN UP WITH MEGA AND AZ..NICE WORK"..THIS FROM THE ALL CITY KING...WE TALKED FOR A BIT AND HE GOT ON THE TRAIN AND LEFT..A FEW WEEKS LATER ME,AZ AND MEGA BUMP INTO HIM AGAIN AND THIS TIME HE INVITES US TO GO HIT THE GRANT AVE LAYUP WITH HIM..WE WENT AND IT WAS A GREAT MOMENT FOR ME IN GRAFF TO GO BOMBIN WITH IZ...

OVER THE YEARS WE HUNG A FEW MORE TIMES THEN WE LOST TOUCH..HE RETIRED WHEN THE TRAINS DIED AND MOVED DOWN TO FLORIDA..WE HAD HEARD HE WAS SICK BUT IN GRAFF UNLESS YOU HEAR IT FROM THE PERSON YOU NEVER KNOW WHATS TRUE..

WHEN I SAW HIM NEXT I COULD SEE THAT HE WAS THE OLD MIKE I REMEMBERED PHYSICALLY BUT THE SPIRIT WAS STILL THERE...WE TALKED AND WE BUGGED OUT ON THAT 1ST MEETING HOW NON CHALANT I WAS IN MEETING HIM..

AS ALWAYS WHEN SOMEONE PASSES YOU THINK DAM..WISH WE HAD HUNG OUT MORE AND THIS IS NO EXCEPTION...

 

IZ THE WIZ..THE MASTER BLASTER..A TRUE LEGEND IN A TIME WHEN THE WORD LEGEND HAS LOST ITS MEANING BECAUSE ITS SO OVERUSED AND UNDERESTIMATED..

YOU WILL BE MISSED MIKE..MY BOMBING HERO...

 

DEMEROCK WALLNUTS

VICIOUS STYLES!!

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Rockn in paradise! Play some black sabbath and enjoy those trains up there. We will hold it down for ya here and let them know you're still around from time to time. The master blaster thankyou. You were one of a kind. True legend and king you will me missed!

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I just found out about this this afternoon, and I was sadened. I was fortunate enough to meet Iz and talk trains, etc, past present and future at the Steel Wheels show this past October. He was a humble, down to earth guy, and I didn't even feel worthy to be in his presence, but he made me comfortable, and had no ego, like a lot of people I've met over the years who couldn't even accomplish an 1/8 of what he did. Pioneer, Legend, and King, he will be missed, and remembered always. God speed my friend, R.I.P.

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I just found out about this this afternoon, and I was sadened. I was fortunate enough to meet Iz and talk trains, etc, past present and future at the Steel Wheels show this past October. He was a humble, down to earth guy, and I didn't even feel worthy to be in his presence, but he made me comfortable, and had no ego, like a lot of people I've met over the years who couldn't even accomplish an 1/8 of what he did. Pioneer, Legend, and King, he will be missed, and remembered always. God speed my friend, R.I.P.

 

 

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lucky to have had a short conversation with him in ATL last year.. CLASSIC CAT...

 

Man........I remember reading about dude in magazines growing up and then to have even been on the flyer for this last Steel Wheels show with IZ on the flyer too......I tripped out! Not for the sake of being a dick jockey but I looked at it like a chance to pay my respects in person in a sincere fashion.

I sent some stuff but didn't go and now realize what a reminder it is that people CAN die on a minutes notice! It happened to my father with no notice.......and death is iminent. Relish the moment and remember the missions with your boys!

 

Rest In Peace IZ THE WIZ

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