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Rammellzee

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Rammellzee (or RAMMΣLLZΣΣ, pseudonym, pronounced “Ram: Ell: Zee”), (December 15th, 1960 – June 29, 2010) in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, was a writer, performance artist, / musician and sculptor from . He was instrumental as one of the original hip-hop artists from the New York area who introduced specific vocal styles which date back to the early 1980s. His influence can still be heard in contemporary artists such as The Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill.

Rammellzee’s graffiti and his art work are based on his theory of Gothic Futurism, which describes the battle between letters and their symbolic warfare against any standardizations enforced by the rules of the alphabet; his treatise, “Iconic Panzerisms”, details an anarchic plan by which to revise the role and deployment of language in society. Rammellzee is often identified as an artist apart of the Afrofuturism canon; Afrofuturism is identified discourse concerned with revisioning racial identity through the tropes of science fiction and fantasy narrative or aesthetics.

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 Dond, OU3, and Ink 76, and Doctor Revolt. Rammellzee was also a member of the Death Comet Crew, with Stuart Argabright and Michael Diekmann. In 1988, he and his band Gettovetts recorded the album “Missionaries Moving.

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