Street art is a cross-mutation of art and Social activism , where people can express their social angst in the public forum of the streets.
This Documentary explores the UK Graffiti scene of the Late 70's and early 80's and that cross-mutation of art and Social activism at a very embryonic stage as it built it's own identity distancing itself from the NY scene. Shot in Notting Hill, it focuses on it's most influential artists in the London scene at the time.
One of the 5 featured "Fuel," was once in the U.K's top ten most wanted Criminals and had never appeared on camera until this film. Fuel along with Part2ism,SHEONE,Prime and Pride reminisce about not only how the art form has evolved but also themselves as artists.
Coming from a punk rock background I always try and incorporate that aesthetic into my work, making sure nothing is too neat or pretty. Hip Hop was for me the Natural successor to Punk with its break beats, sampling and of course graffiti,all which strongly influence my work. The seemingly lack of structure is its structure, there literally are no rules.
Shot in Londons Notting Hill 2010, during an audience with the most influential graffiti artists of a generation.Here they discuss their craft and how it has changed over the years and their impact on modern culture since the 80's.
Tribute that I directed by Graffiti artist Part2ism AKA Keith Hopewell's to his close friend the ultimate rap GOD Rammellzee (or RAMMΣLLZΣΣ, pronounced "Ram: Ell: Zee"; late 1960 – June 27, 2010) was a visual artist, graffiti writer,
Performance artist, hip hop musician, and sculptor from New York. He fans include the Beastie Boys,Cypress Hill and Guns & Roses Guitarist Buckhead to name a few. I tried to keep this video very rough looking to try and capture the Graffiti culture.
Four Tet promo featuring U.K Graffiti artist Part2ism AKA Keith Hopewell's pays tribute to close friend rapper Rammellzee (or RAMMΣLLZΣΣ, pronounced "Ram: Ell: Zee"; late 1960 – June 27, 2010).
Rammellzee was a hip hop artist, former member of Death Comet Crew, graffiti writer & performance artist from New York.
His fans include the Beastie Boys,Cypress Hill and Guns & Roses Guitarist Bucket Head to name a few .His song Beat Bop is acknowledged by many as the first Rap song and single handedly starting the genre, he was featured in the film Style Wars and also in Jim Jarmusch's 1984 film Stranger Than Paradise.
He embodied the notion that there is a thin line between tin-foil hat and genius, his conception of the universe often appeared as a byzantine tangle of conspiracy theories, arcane prophecies and mathematics. He viewed the graffiti writers as heirs to Medieval monks, destined to liberate the alphabet from standardization. He was obsessed with the notion of sonic sound wars and the historical struggles between the "letter" and the "number." he was a true artist.
He died under mysterious circumstances shortly before this was music video shot. I Love you brother R.I.P
I tried to follow the Hip Hop aesthetics on this and shot it myself keeping it rough and ready.
Shot on a sunny day in Notting Hill july 2010,dodging patrolling police.