RIP Rammellzee – a true hip-hop visionary

Farewell to an artist, performer and iconoclast whose cosmic creations are likely to be puzzled over for decades to come

Jean-Michel Basquiat's cover for Rammellzee and K-Rob's Beat Bop

Cited as an inspiration by groups including the Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill and prefiguring the abstract styles of MCs such as Kool Keith and the Wu-Tang Clan, "Beat Bop" is a dizzying, 10-minute, freestyle toast, in which Rammellzee plays a worldly-wise, street-corner pimp. The record was funded by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a rival on the local art scene. Ramm had little time for Basquiat, who he saw as a rich‑kid interloper.


Read more about Rammellzee and his amazing legacy in Sunday's Observer:


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