RIYL: Cold Crush Brothers

Label: Get On Down

Visual artist, early graffiti writer, painter, performance artist, hip hop musician and a legend of the crumbling New York City era of the late 70s and early 80s, Rammellzee is an essential piece to the ever-evolving¬†apparatus¬†of street culture.¬† In 1983, fellow artist and friend Jean-Michel Basquiat produced a 12″ single for Rammellzee titled Beat Bop, a 10-minute staple of early electro and hip hop.¬† Gritty and direct, Beat Bop is a landmark for hip hop before many people knew exactly what the hell it was.¬† Since its genesis, the single (limited to a mere 500 copies) has become one of the most sought-after hip hop artifacts of all time, fetching upwards of $4000.¬† Unless you’re Gordon Gekko, the chance of you acquiring one of those copies is slim to none.¬† Sorry.

In 2014, the single was reissued on split black and white vinyl for Record Store Day, limited to 1983 copies.¬† Those were seemingly long gone and already go for $100+ on the secondary market, but Get On Down announced just a few days ago that they had held back 500 copies.¬† Get a copy NOW before they disappear.¬† Bullmoose has them for $20 after the ‘buy’ link.¬†¬†When those sell out, we’ll do our damnedest to find other online distros with a few extra copies.

UPDATE – Bullmoose copies went fast.¬† Get On Down Records has some copies still on their site.¬† ‘Buy’ link has been updated.

 

The Details

12‚ÄĚ ON SPLIT BLACK & WHITE VINYL
REISSUE OF ULTRA-RARE 1983 HIP-HOP MASTERPIECE CO-PRODUCED & WITH ARTWORK BY THE LATE JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
THE LAST 500 EVER FROM THE LIMITED EDITION 3000 PIECE RUN IS NOW AVAILABLE

Price $20

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