Red Bull Music Explores The Life Of Late Hip Hop Icon Rammellzee In The New Doc
The rebirth of the gangsters.
New York, NY – Red Bull Music has released a new documentary about the late Hip Hop icon Rammellzee entitled RAMMELLZEE: it Is Not the Who But the What.
Written and directed by Oscar Boyson, the film tells the story of the City of New York, the graffiti artist, rapper and visual artist who amassed a considerable underground following in the years '70 and '80.
Along with the footage of the artist and a robotic narrator explaining Rammellzee the theory of Gothic Futurism — your personal dialect of Afro-Futurism — the film includes interviews with artists, DELTA 2, Kool Koor, Toxic, Michael Holman, INK 76, and singer-violinist Eszter Balint, and writer Carlo McCormick, and Dave Tompkins.
The film was created in collaboration with the Red Bull of the Arts of New York, curatorial team behind the RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing on the Thunder of the exhibition and its launch marked the closing of the Red Bull Music Festival New York of 2018.
Rammellzee's "Beat Bop" single that featured the art works of legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and is considered one of the rarest albums on vinyl in existence.
Only 500 copies were pressed in 1983 and a copy of the original you can get up to $1,500, according To Lowering Records.
Rammellzee passed away in 2010 at the age of 49 years. His official cause of death was heart disease.
The RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing on the Thunder of the exhibition concludes on the 26th of August at the Red Bull of the Arts in the City of New York.
Take a look at some of the photos below.
This concludes our feature of @mari_horiuchi #Rammellzee files from the summer of 2004 in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. Stop by this weekend and immerse yourself in the full exhibition, RAMMELLZEE: Racing On the Thunder! The exhibition is free and open to the public. (Hours and location in bio) And if you're a @newyorkermag reader, don't miss @huahsu "The Spectacular Personal Mythology Of Rammellzee" in the latest issue!