"The Rammelzee is a NYC Icon. Known as one of the originators of Graffiti, underground art, street culture and Electro/ Hip Hop (his 'Beat Bop' single with Jean Michel Basquiat and K Rob is one of the most important original rap tracks ever reissued this year on MoWax and Soul Jazz). He was featured in all important Hip Hop films of the 80ies (Wildstyle...) and worked with people like Fab 5 Freddie, Michael Holman, Futura 2000, Phase 2 and was (with his partner Basquiat) one of the first graffiti artists accepted by the international art world. Over the last few years he got quite a heavy reputation -- especially in Japan and in the US street art scene -- for developing his own special universe (Gothic Futurism). It consists of big human size fantasy muppets (walk-ins), the Letterracers(figurative skateboards) and also the original collage paintings he had invented back in the late seventies. After the 2003 No Wave/ Punkfunk/ NYC -- revival (ESG, Radio 4, Liars, Ze, Hell, Rapture etc) -- wich Gomma preceeded with it's 2000 Anti NY compilation -- the Rammellzee's album could be a next level. A futuristic development of the original No Wave and Proto electronic attitude and the angry, superenergetic NYC rawness versus an international new school of clubrock producers... We feel it fits perfect into 2004. The Rammellzee was looking for some fresh musicians who could help him to record an soundtrack for his Gothic futurism universe. He met the Munich based Munk guys in 99 when they licensed a track from him for Anti NY and were introduced by common friend Stuart Argabright (aka the Dominatrix aka Death Comet Crew). Together they decided to realize this project on Gomma including fresh producers from different parts of the world. The eleven tracks have been made in 2002 and 2003 in NYC, Munich, Tokyo, San Francisco and Berlin. Rammellzee took them as a basis for his speachees. It's Gothic Futurism. He has a lot to say. "Rammelzee was there and he threw me by saying: Entertain me! Show me why you're great! And I froze up. He had long, long eyelashes..." -- Andi Warhol in The Andy Warhol diaries. The Rammelzee has been doing lots of new stuff recently including styling NYC's Supreme skate/ fashion company's shops worldwide in 2003, doing new exibitions and performing several concerts in Japan with (Japan's Nr. 1 Hip Hop) DJ Kensei and NYC's Death Comet Crew. Japanese leading mag Relex and UK's Dazed & Confused recently came out with some big cover storys about him."
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