Red Bull Music Explores Life Of Late Hip Hop Icon Rammellzee In New Doc

New York, NY – Red Bull Music has released a new documentary about the late Hip Hop icon Rammellzee titled RAMMELLZEE: It’s Not Who But What. 

Written and directed by Oscar Boyson, the short film tells the story the New York City graffiti artist, rapper and visual artist who amassed a significant underground following in the ’70s and ’80s.

Along with archival footage the artist and a robotic narrator explaining Rammellzee’s theory Gothic Futurism — his personal dialect Afro-Futurism — the film includes interviews with artists DELTA 2, Kool Koor, Toxic, Michael Holman, INK 76, singer/violinist Eszter Balint, and writers Carlo McCormick and Dave Tompkins.

The film was created in collaboration with the Red Bull Arts New York curatorial team behind the RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder exhibition and its release marked the close Red Bull Music Festival New York 2018.

Rammellzee’s “Beat Bop” single featured the artwork legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and is considered one the rarest vinyl albums in existence.

Only 500 copies were pressed in 1983 and an original copy can fetch up to $1,500, according to Get On Down Records. 

Rammellzee passed away in 2010 at the age 49. His ficial cause death was heart disease.

The RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder exhibition wraps up on August 26 at Red Bull Arts in New York City.

Check out some the photos below.