Rest in Peace Rammellzee

Rest in Peace Rammellzee

Marc Arsenault

Rammelzee performing live at the kitchen, NYC circa 1987. photo by Marc Arsenault.

Word comes to us this evening via Davey D on his Twitter feed that Hip-Hop pioneer Rammellzee has died at age 49. As originally reported on Consequence of Sound. UPDATE Rammellzee’s death was confirmed by his wife, as reported in today’s New York Times.

I was very lucky to see him perform at the Kitchen in New York City in the mid-1980s (picture above). Rammellzee surprised everyone when he suddenly came out with the album The Bi-Conicals of the Rammellzee in 2004. It was a record that seemed perfectly in place with the times. It fit in well with the works of Dälek and UK Grime like Dizzee Rascal’s “Boy In da Corner“.

A bit closer to home, the album featured Paul Geluso on bass and mixing. Paul had previously been a member of 5 Chin 400 with long-time Brown Cuts Neighbors drummer Michael Lopez. (5 Chin 400’s debut single is still available here at Wow Cool).

Another photo from the Kitchen show | Get the Biconicals CD from Amazon | Rammellzee’s Gothic Futurism site

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