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mms
29-06-2010, 11:57 PM
what's the deal with all this death stuff?

nomos
30-06-2010, 12:19 AM
no.

i don't even know what to say. he was one of my heroes since i was a kid.

thoughts going out to polystyle right now. i'm very sorry.

RIP

boomnoise
30-06-2010, 12:45 AM
no.

i don't even know what to say. he was one of my heroes since i was a kid.

thoughts going out to polystyle right now. i'm very sorry.

RIP

this. big loss.

polystyle desu
30-06-2010, 01:02 AM
Our Dj High Priest called this afternoon saying he heard Fab Five Freddie had posted news Rammell had died ' RIP'.
By tonight I have ms in to his home, but now get the feeling this is true.
Feeling some shock now , come upstairs from doing laundry and after playing some tracks with Ramm,
sending messages to friends ....

One of a kind talented, loved to work, loved to ride - crazy like a damn fox
shine on Rammell, wherever you are

polystyle desu
30-06-2010, 01:07 AM
Ramm passed at his mother's place last night.

mistersloane
30-06-2010, 01:14 AM
So sorry for yours and everyone's loss Poly. Had the pleasure of meeting him once and he was a great guy, he influenced me alot.

polystyle desu
30-06-2010, 01:51 AM
Thanks guys , well we knew something was up but it's sad to find him and his energy gone
off the planet from now on !
it was an orange moon last night hope he went peacefully.
Respect and all your friends say "Bye" Zee

Beat Bop 2 with K- Rob http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgURv9d0da0

nomos
30-06-2010, 02:27 AM
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Sick Boy
30-06-2010, 03:08 AM
Oh, wow. That's really a shame.

Richard Carnage
30-06-2010, 05:27 AM
RIP Ram. Only really knew "Beat Bop", but I fucking played it to death. Such a tune. Any other pointers would obviously be welcomed.

zhao
30-06-2010, 06:39 AM
oh no... such an original voice and vision... my condolences.

no don't rest in peace. come back and terrorize the complacent game, haunt these mediocre money making rappers!

Woebot
30-06-2010, 07:50 AM
Our Dj High Priest called this afternoon saying he heard Fab Five Freddie had posted news Rammell had died ' RIP'.
By tonight I have ms in to his home, but now get the feeling this is true.
Feeling some shock now , come upstairs from doing laundry and after playing some tracks with Ramm,
sending messages to friends ....

One of a kind talented, loved to work, loved to ride - crazy like a damn fox
shine on Rammell, wherever you are

sorry to hear this stuart. he was a special one.

petergunn
30-06-2010, 07:52 AM
RIP to a true NYC original... i have met so many different people from so many walks of life with rammellzee stories... these type of one off urban eccentric geniuses get rarer and rarer every day... he was going great work up until his death... my friend cx kidtronik did a bunch of stuff with him fairly recently and it was all great and all instantly idenifyable as him... those masks he wore on stage were next level... rubber bands in the jaw so the mask moved when he talked... and no hollywood set designer made that shit for him...

STN
30-06-2010, 09:15 AM
Very sad, I don't really have much to add. He was wicked.

scottdisco
30-06-2010, 10:10 AM
just listening to Pt. 2 now, cheers Stuart, and sorry.

true, strong individual.

damn.

RIP.

routes
30-06-2010, 10:36 AM
:( rip

gumdrops
30-06-2010, 10:56 AM
RIP
a lot of my favourite hip hop wouldnt exist without him.

PeteUM
30-06-2010, 02:23 PM
I think that Gettovetts record is the first one I ever bought just because of the cover. Didn't have a clue what the record might have been about either.

polystyle desu
30-06-2010, 02:32 PM
RIP Ram. Only really knew "Beat Bop", but I fucking played it to death. Such a tune. Any other pointers would obviously be welcomed.

What a *hit start to a morning,
bugged to see someone on FaceBook call Rammellzee 'his protege' but anyway so wtf.

Some pointers Richard and thanks for listening, BeatBop was an unusual track;
the basic idea of JMBasquat 's to do a record, his thinking he was going to actually rap on it and Ramm's stories about the whole thing went back a loong way.
JBM's 'SAMO' graf partner Al Diaz was on perc on that one .

Ramm came up and out around the same time as our friends JMB, Nick Taylor aka DJ High Priest,
Vince Gallo and a host of others, was @ Club Negril on one of those early nights where M Holman was bringing Afrika B and a few others downtown .

His art was his basic, MC'ing was a side.
Stories about going to Italy and waiting , watching the Italian stone guy at work on a big marble Ramm was going to get to make a piece out of ...

Met him in W Berlin at a Gallery opening that had a bomb threat hanging over it -there was often something extra going on in these scenes. I had rolled a nice one and we shared it outside
joking about the whole thing ( 'art' , 'bomb's' , W Berlin ).

Later, because Ramm would not agree to let his image be used in any way, shape or form by director Juilan Schnabel, there ended up being an um, composite figure in the movie "Basquiat" -a white, head wrapped 'downtown ' guy who ends up kicking JMB's ass in a back alley.

Next DCC called him to join us for the Beggar's Banquet 12" "At The Marble Bar",
one of THE best cuts ever , "Exterior Street" and we did a couple shows around town.

At the next show, we saw Bill Laswell glom onto Ramm' best he could after we rocked Danceteria;
what was his next unit ? a DJ, guitar player, kyboards clone attempt.
Anyway, see the Sly & Robbie album with Laswell and Ramm on it.
Bill earned a spot on a personal *hit list , a position bolstered by more BS to follow.

By mid '90's our group Black Rain recorded "Letter Racers & Monster Models" with Ramm
, I would see him around only once in a while , at Blackbirds downtown at the bar -if he went out at all. The 'Battle Station' his place on Laight St. was slightly incredible, some large part of it so full of his mechanizations, stacked , packed together, some YouTube vids are from that time.
I would visit him from time to time at 'The BattleStation, have a smoke, watch some latest video from a recent project we would have one copy of ...

Ramm worked with artists who came calling, New Flesh for one.

After M Holman ( from Gray , with JMB , Nick Taylor, Vince Gallo in the side )
hipped us to Gomma putting together the "Anti NY" compilation.
I gave them 2 cuts for the price of one, one being "Exterior St.",
that led to being able to produce his own solo album Bi Conical Of The Rammellzee with Gomma by '92. We found K -Rob ( not easy ! ), even got Shock Dell ( Ghettovets ! ) involved.
Really thought it was high time for 'legend' to do his album and show his stuff with some new sounds arrayed around him.
Blog called Cocaine Blunts stated "This album cannot exist' ... in this time.
But it did.

Ramm was making skateboards, do rags, caps for Supreme.

By mid 2000's Death Comet Crew reformed, played CMJ with Ramm & Shock Dell's voice hoarse , barking like a seal and began recording an all new album.

We had heard about shows where he had gone out by himself , walked off the stage because he couldn't see out his mask and things like that and I thought "No, this can't be" and so began to set up shows with our booking friends in France we met through CX.

But Ramm's health was failing, had a scare and so after Venice Bienalle, Toulouse with The Bug or Lisbon, we let the shows trail off.
Yes, he did the "Wild Style" reunion show with CX and Saul Williams I believe and would usually be bustling around on one deadline to do a piece or another ...
But he really did want to "stay home and watch cartoons".
The time spent working with resins, glue caught up with him

And went out with an orange moon hanging out over Far Rockaway, at his beloved Mama's house.
Peace Ramm

Richard Carnage
30-06-2010, 02:42 PM
Cheers for the summary, Polystyle. It's much appreciated.



The time spent working with resins, glue caught up with him


Ah... sad. I'm guessing he was a fairly avant-garde artist, in keeping with the NYC scene at the time? Is there anywhere online that we can check out his artwork?

polystyle desu
30-06-2010, 02:43 PM
if you can imagine, sitting down on the edge of the bed having a nice smoke and turning around to pass it to ... him >http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=463151424767&ref=mf

That's The Battle Station there in the vid.

mms
30-06-2010, 03:36 PM
Cheers for the summary, Polystyle. It's much appreciated.



Ah... sad. I'm guessing he was a fairly avant-garde artist, in keeping with the NYC scene at the time? Is there anywhere online that we can check out his artwork?

http://www.gothicfuturism.com/

not that avant guarde considering what he worked with

polystyle desu
30-06-2010, 04:51 PM
Cheers for the summary, Polystyle. It's much appreciated.

Ah... sad. I'm guessing he was a fairly avant-garde artist, in keeping with the NYC scene at the time? Is there anywhere online that we can check out his artwork?

Yeah it is, sorry my writing was one POV and not the 'art' one , and in a rush to get out to the market.
Ramm's art ? there are alot of interviews' surfacing, sometimes with art, please give him a Google and you'll find some things surely.
Also his Myspace , Death Comet Crew's Myspace.

By this morning , I am really feeling this !
man o man ' ...

polystyle desu
01-07-2010, 01:05 PM
Live Rammellzee Tribute mix on Tokyo Radio Dommune right now ,
with a lot of help from our friends Kyoichi Tsuzuki ( Tokyo Style , etc. ),
Latin Ras Kaz , Shimokawa from Death Comet Crew

http://www.dommune.com/

It's on for a while longer ...
Let the connection settle, image & music should come on ...

Sectionfive
28-03-2012, 01:08 AM
Good Interview from 99 (http://www.egotripland.com/rammellzee-beat-bop/)

blacktulip
28-03-2012, 08:17 AM
Also a very strong compilation (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Giant-Single-Profile-Records-Anthology/dp/B006GYERDU) just came out with Beat Bop on it.

PiLhead
28-03-2012, 05:18 PM
http://vimeo.com/24481589

PiLhead
28-03-2012, 05:23 PM
http://www.thewire.co.uk/articles/4508/

CrowleyHead
29-03-2012, 02:01 PM
Tried to go to a gallery exhibit his estate was having a couple weeks ago, but I botched it somehow. Unclear location info :<.