According to a Twitter post from none other than Fab 5 Freddy, hip-hop and visual artist, graf writer and incomparable dresser Rammellzee passed away last night.
The Queens native broke out in Charlie Ahearn’s classic 1982 documentary Wild Style, then subsequently collaborated with the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1983 on the cover of his ten-minute album, Beat Bop (below). In the ensuing 25 years, Rammellzee prescribed to the theory of Gothic Futurism, collaborated with the likes of Buckethead and CX Kidtronik, and put out the 2004 album, Bi-Conicals of the Rammellzee among other awesome feats.
Details on the 50-year-old’s death are still unclear. [via Gawker]