(or RAMMSLLZSS, pronounced "Ram: Ell: Zee", born
1960 in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York), was a graffiti
writer, performance artist, rap/hip-hop musician and sculptor
from New York.
He was discovered by a larger audience through the 1982
cult movie Wild
by Charlie Ahearn. His fame in graffiti circles was established
when he painted New York subway trains with Dondi, OU3,
and Ink 76, and doctor Revolt.
and K-Rob's "Beat
a 10-minute-long hip-hop track is regarded as one of the
most revered songs of rap's early era. It was produced by
artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who also drew the cover art,
resulting in the 12" album becoming a major collector's
item and became one of Rammellzee’s best-known performances
and a hip-hop touchstone. It was the unofficial theme song
for Henry Chalfant and Tony Silver’s graffiti documentary
Wars - New York's Kings of Graffiti.”
Below is a audio of Beat Bop with video from Style Wars.
was also a member of the Death Comet Crew, with Stewart
Albright and Michael Diekmann. In 1988, he and his band
Gettovetts recorded the album "Missionaries
2003, Rammellzee performed at the Knitting Factory in New
York with the newly reformed Death Comet Crew; subsequently,
Troubleman Unlimited re-released recordings
made by DCC between 1982 and 1984; additionally, their single
for "Exterior St." was featured on the compilation,
Anti-NY, with contemporaries, Ike Yard, Sexual Harassment,
and Vivian Goldmann, among others.
2004, he released his debut album Bi-Conicals
of the Rammellzee,
produced by Gomma Records. Rammellzee also performed at
Knitting Factory with guitarist Buckethead several times.
you don’t know the name, the history, or the legend,
feel free to Google Rammellzee and you will see the impact
he made on urban culture in the past 30 years.
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