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Remembering rap pioneer Rammellzee

By Chris Richards

Various sources are reporting that artist and hip-hop visionary Rammellzee has died. Known for his widely influential, sinus-clogged delivery, the rap superhero famously collaborated with painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and producer Bill Laswell, and was cast in Jim Jarmusch's breakout film "Stranger Than Paradise."

In a 1984, reporter Paul Attanasio profiled the ascendant director for the Washington Post. Jarmusch had this to say about Rammellzee: "He's a genius. When you talk to him . . . he's the kind of guy you could talk to for 20 minutes and your whole life could change. If you could understand him."

Listen to K-Rob and Rammellzee's 1983 classic "Beat Bop" above. And see what Jarmusch was talking about, below.

By Chris Richards  |  June 30, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
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Fire this bozo. He has no business writing reviews for the Post. He's a total hack.

Posted by: krickey7 | June 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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