Across 135th Street

RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder Special

60 minsFirst aired 17 Jul 2018
Brian Williams

To celebrate Red Bull Arts NY’s exhibition, RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder, Chairman Mao pays homage to the iconic artist, theorist and MC.

RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder is the most comprehensive survey to date of the work of the visual artist, hip-hop visionary and classic New Yorker, RAMMΣLLZΣΣ. Presented by Red Bull Arts New York, and on display through August 26, 2018, this unprecedented exhibition spans artworks, music, writings, rare archival documentation and ephemera gathered from disparate sources around the world, outlining the chronology of this remarkably complicated artist. Across 135th Street host Chairman Jefferson Mao served as one of the exhibition’s curators, conducting oral-history interviews with dozens of Ramm’s friends and colleagues, including artists Lee Quinones, Futura, Toxic and Kool Koor; filmmakers Jim Jarmusch, Charlie Ahearn, Henry Chalfant and Celia Bulwinkle; musicians Estzer Balint, K-Rob and Stuart Argabright; and Ramm’s brother, KP. These interviews, along with archival rarities of Ramm himself in lecture and performance modes, that compose the basis of this radio special.


Produced by Matthew Ismael Ruiz
Engineered by Ryan Woodhall

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