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Friday, Oct 17 2014 | 03:29
Image: 1592705 REISSUE OF ULTRA-RARE 1983 HIP-HOP MASTERPIECE CO-PRODUCED & WITH ARTWORK BY THE LATE JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT RAMMELLZEE
12” ON SPLIT BLACK & WHITE VINYL

SIDE A - BEAT BOP
SIDE B - BEAT BOP INSTRUMENTAL

The original issue of the 1983 song “Beat Bop” by lyricists Rammellzee and K-Rob has been heard by many, but
held by few. Only a reputed 500 of the song’s initial run, on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s one-off Tartown Records
label, were made with jacket cover art by the infinitely influential graphic artist (and moonlighting musician and
producer). They remain one of hip-hop’s “Holy Grail” items, selling north of $1,500 if you can even find one.
The audio, which clocked in at over 10 minutes, was issued – with no picture sleeve – on Profile Records soon
after the Tartown pressings, and went on to influence countless MCs, with its minimal, languishing funk beat
(produced by Basquiat) and Rammellzee’s and K-Rob’s next-level lyricism.
The picture sleeve version of the release has never been officially re-issued, and this edition, curated by
hip-hop historian Noah Uman, goes the extra mile. It features officially-licensed original artwork from the
Basquiat estate and a four-panel folded insert with deep background on the original single’s creation, compiled
by Andrew “Noz” Nosnitsky – including interviews with many of the artists involved with its production:
Rammellzee, K-Rob, Glenn O’Brien, percussionist Al Diaz, Profile’s Cory Robbins and more. Rammellzee left
this Earth in 2010 and Basquiat passed away in 1988 – with this deluxe reissue, their important contributions
to the formative years of hip-hop on wax are remembered and celebrated. A must-own for any hip-hop purist Available from 04.12.2015
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