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.
In 2010 he died under mysterious curcumstances. I
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.
5 ground breaking 80's U.K Graffiti artists, they brought Graffiti to the mass media attention in UK and carved their own identities in the midst of the American scene.
In an activity that many still argue whether or not it is a legitimate art form, these artists lament on graffiti and it's roots and where it may be heading in the future.