R.I.P : Rammellzee-Legendary Writer, OG MC, Visual Artist

posted on June 29th 2010 in Art & NYC with 3 Comments

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Photo by Science

RAMELLZEE started his writing career in 1974 in the Far Rockaway section of Queens. He wrote under the aliases HYTE and EG with writers like SONIC 002 and the late DONDI White. The A, CC, 2 and 5 lines were among his favorite targets. In the early 1980s RAMELLZEE’s work was celebrated in New York City’s downtown art gallery scene.

RAMMELLZEE expressed his creativity in variety of venues, including painting, sculpture music and performance art. His style clearly distinguished him from his peers. His experiments with the abstraction of letter forms expanded upon traditional aerosol art. His work in sculpture allowed him to actualize many of the three dimentional concepts that are only visually implied on trains and canvas. He appeared in director Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise as well Charlie Ahern’s Hip Hop classic Wild Style.

Via: at 149st.com



Greg "Cognito" Barr first entered the hip hop world as a dancer during the early 1990s in the DC metro area. Later his love for hip hop brought him to Atlanta, GA where he formed the underground group massinfluence. With massinfluence, the relationships within the music industry grew both here in the US and abroad during their many European tours with the likes of the Company Flow, Beat Junkies, Jurassic 5, De La Soul, Blackstar and many others. Also during these years is when Cognito, also known as "Nito", put his mark in hip hop iconography by introducing his line of t-shirts "Nonstop Hip Hop" which was featured in classic video by De La Soul and Jeru the Damaja. Over the past 10 years, Nito has captured classic footage of some of hip hops greatest, including Jay Z, Mos Def, The Gorillaz, Nikka Costa, MF DOOM, De La Soul, Pharoahe Monch and The Roots. Recently, Cognito shot and compiled 4 years of concert and behind the scenes footage of Talib Kweli for a still to be released documentary.

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  • sandy

    commented on June 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    May my beautiful brother in law rest in internal peace.
    We love you Steve!!!

  • rest in peace Rammelllzee

    commented on June 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    …peace…May the Almighty Merciful Creator surround u=us and (y)our whole family with peace and understanding during this time of mourning, honoring, and celebrating. Though out our face, you’re in our prayers continually. Don’t stop baby, keep loving, and going where you going gratefully and gracefully honoring the Only True King of Kings. Keep the faith love. much much love, mi amor, mo steF! 1! HALLELUJAH!Amin…peace…

  • science

    commented on August 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Thank You once again Cognito for choosing the photo I captured of Rammellzee for your post here. That was a special moment to witness his energy and seeing his Visual Artistic Pieces He Created He Went To one of His Pieces And Opened It Up and It was another level to see how he built it.

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