Though details are still emerging, it has been confirmed that hip hop pioneer Rammellzee has died.

Born in 1960, the Queens, New York native was considered a pioneer in the hip hop community and his unique vocal style served as an influence for many artists to come; such as The Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill. Rammellzee is perhaps best known for his 1982 single “Beat Bop” with rapper K-Rob, which featured a cover art by the late painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. He also did collaborations with Buckethead, and made appearances in the influential hip hop films “Wild Style” and “Style Wars.” In addition to his work in the music community, Rammellzee was also an acclaimed graphic and graffiti artist, whose work has been shown in art galleries throughout the US and Europe.

The cause of Rammellzee’s death is still unknown, but we here at TRACE extend our condolences to the Rammellzee and his family; we honor and appreciate his contribution to the hip hop community. We will keep you updated on any new news as it gets released.

Written by Michael Wash

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