Rammelzee V. K-RobBeat Bop
DETAILSEvent: Black Friday 2014
Release Date: 11/28/2014
Format: 12" Vinyl
Label: Get On Down
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
The original issue of the 1983 song "Beat Bop" by lyricists Rammellzee and K-Rob has been heard by many, but held by few. Only a reputed 500 of the song's initial run, on Jean-Michel Basquiat's one-off Tartown Records label, were made with jacket cover art by the infinitely influential graphic artist (and moonlighting musician and producer). They remain one of hip-hop's "holy grail" items. The audio, which clocked in at over 10 minutes, was issued--with no picture sleeve--on Profile Records soon after the Tartown pressings and went on to influence countless MCs, with its minimal, languishing funk beat (produced by Basquiat) and Rammellzee's and K-Rob's next-level lyricism. The picture sleeve version has never been officially re-issued, and this edition, curated by hip-hop historian Noah Uman, goes the extra mile. It features officially licensed original artwork from the Basquiat estate and a four-panel folded insert with deep backgroun on the original single's creation, compiled by Andrew "Noz" Nosnitsky--including interviews with many of the artists involved with its production: Rammellzee, K-Rob, Glenn O'Brien, percussionist Al Diaz, Profile's Cory Robbins and more. Rammellzee left this earth in 2010 and Basquiat passed away in 1988--with deluxe reissue, their important contributions to the formative years of hip-hop on wax are remembered and celebrated.