Rammellzee (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....
Discovered by a larger audience through the 1982 cult movie Wild Style 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. Rammellzee 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 Moving." In 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. In 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.
R.I.P. to a true pioneer of hip hop and street art in general. Long Live Rammellzee! A few videos are below...
The iconic cover for K-Rob & Rammellzee's "Beat Bop", designed by Jean-Michel Basquiat...
K-Rob + Rammellzee - Beat Bop
Rammellzee in Style Wars.
Rammellzee LIVE at Afro Punk Festival 7/6/09
Rammellzee and Jean Michel Basquiat @ Rhythm Lounge 1983