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” 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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