Gothic Futurism Pioneer, Rammellzee was an elusive, self-mythologizing figure who was rarely photographed without wearing one of his elaborate ired masks and costumes, which he made along with the sculpture and paintings that became the mainstays of his career in later years. Gothic Futurism Pioneer, Rammellzee was an elusive, self-mythologizing figure who was rarely photographed without wearing one of his elaborate ired masks and costumes, which he made along with the sculpture and paintings that became the mainstays of his career in later years.
His street-born philosophies, Ikonoklast Panzerism and Gothic Futurism, guided everything he created as an artist and emcee until his death in 2010 at age 49. Working from his downtown Tribeca loft, aptly dubbed the Battle Station, Ramm used found objects (such as discarded dolls, old clothes, scrap metal and skateboard parts) to build his customized art: the souped-up skateboards known as Letter Racers, the action figures dubbed Monster Models and the exoskeleton-like Garbage Gods, which he would wear as costumes during live performances. He went on to record with Death Comet Crew, Gettovetts and Bill Laswell’s Material, but released only one full-length album of his own: 2004’s The Bi-Conicals of the Rammellzee, which mapped out his views on Gothic Futurism in mind-bending detail. I think Rammellzee’s time is coming.
I will preface this by saying I am not entirely 100% comfortable being an interpreter of Gothic Futurism, but Gothic Futurism and Ikonoklast Panzerism were sort of the dual sets of laws, principles that guided all of Rammellzee’s work. He basically, as far as I can tell, if you met Ramm, he would basically speak in terms of these ideas, these laws, and he was 1,000% committed to them. It really makes you think about him being one of these figures that actually took graffiti and took b-boying and these things that people might have seen in the street, and kind of, not gave them a spin, but basically explained to people how these were art forms and important and had a backstory.
Rammellzee (stylized RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, pronounced "Ram: Ell: Zee"; late 1960 – June 27, 2010) was a visual artist, gothic futurist "graffiti writer", painter, performance artist, hip hop musician, art theoretician, and sculptor from New York City. Rammellzee was born in 1960 in Far Rockaway, to an African-American mother and Italian father who worked as a transit detective, He grew up in the borough of Queens in New York City near the Far Rockaway–Mott Avenue A train terminal station.
Legendary MC Rammellzee talks Iconoclast Panzerism, Wind Tunnels and Explosion Disco. Released in tandem with new exhibition 'Build & Destroy: Works from the Mo' Wax Archive', this amazing archive recording features a previously unreleased interview conducted with Ed Gill in 1995 for Mo’ Wax. Pressed on 180-gram white vinyl with hand-stamped label, housed in a hand stamped, hand numbered white sleeve with artwork by Ben Drury. Legendary hip-hop MC and graffiti artist Rammellzee was utterly unique. A friend and adversary of Jean-Michel Basquiat, with whom he recorded the seminal and hugely influential ‘Beat Bop’(a highlight of Charlie Ahearn’s film Style Wars), Rammellzee’s graffiti and 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.
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Rammellzee's graffiti and 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 Rammellzee performed in self-designed masks and costumes of different characters which represented the "mathematical equation" that is Rammellze.
On the basis of his Gothic Futurism approach, he described his artistic work as the logical extension into a new phase which he calls Ikonoklast Panzerism. This artistic work has been shown in art galleries throughout the US and Europe. His Letter Racers, and other Noise includes artistic works by individuals mostly identified with their musical contributions. Rammellzee was also 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. In 1988, he and his band Gettovetts recorded the album Missionaries Moving. In 2003, Rammellzee performed at the Knitting Factory in New York with the newly reformed Death Comet Crew.
Futurism (Italian: Futurismo) was an artistic and social movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th century. Its key figures were the Italians Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Gino Severini, Giacomo Balla, and Luigi Russolo. Japanese Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto's 1986 album 'Futurista' was inspired by the movement In 2009, Italian director Marco Bellocchio included Futurist art in his feature film Vincere.
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Interviewer – Ed Gill
- Artwork – Ben Drury, Ed Gill
Notes"MC Rammellzee talks iconoclast Panzerism wind tunnels and explosion disco with Ed Gill, 1995."
Contains an exclusive interview of Rammellzee, conducted by Ed Gill for Mo' Wax on 28.06.1995 at Dos Shot Studios, London.
Limited to 200 hand-numbered copies.
Hand-stamped sleeve and label.
Comes in a white cardboard sleeve, and a white glossy inner sleeve.