Red Bull Music Academy recently asked our own Chairman Mao to assess the life and work of hip-hop icon and “ikonoklast,” Rammellzee. In addition to touching on some of Ramm’s history – his appearances in Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise and Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style , “Beat Bop” and Basquiat, masks and mulitple personas – Mao guides readers through the new exhibition of Gothic Futurism at the Suzanne Geiss Company in Soho in money makin’ Manhattan – a mandatory visit for all Rotten Apple dwellers:
“You’ve no choice but to feel participatory upon experiencing Rammellzee: The Equation/The Letter Racers… Upon entering the gallery’s main exhibition room, you’re immediately greeted by two sets of Letter Racers suspended from the ceiling positioned at 40-45 degree angles, descending in attack formation, appearing frozen as if in mid-flight. The frontline fighters are actually low enough to graze your dome – or literally give you an eyeful if you happen to stand north of six feet. It’s a welcome hazard given the fact that the detailing on these mythic pieces has never been more visually accessible.
Read the rest of the article at redbullmusicacademy.com .
BONUS AUDIO: HEAR RAMMELLZEE RHYMING LIVE ON DUTCH RADIO IN 1986… AFTER THE JUMP…