Published Jun 30, 2010According to a Twitter post from Fab 5 Freddy, influential New York visual artist and hip-hop originator Rammellzee has died. On Tuesday (June 29) afternoon, Freddy wrote, "R.I.P. to Graffiti & Hip Hop LEGEND, RAMMELLZEE!!!!"
Rammellzee was born in 1960, and helped spearhead many aspects of hip-hop culture via graffiti, performance art, sculpture and his own rap music. Most notably, his song "Beat Bop" (which featured cover art by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat) was featured in the 1983 cult documentary Style Wars. He was also a fixture in Charles Ahearn's iconic film Wild Style.
Rammellzee continued to explore various facets of art until his death. In 2004, he released an album called Bi-Conicals of the Rammellzee, and his visual art was a fixture at exhibits on an international scale.
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