Basquiat’s ‘Beat Bop’: An Oral History of One of the Most Valuable Hip-Hop Records of All Time | Andrew Nosnitsky (Spin Magazine)

How K-Rob and Rammellzee came to battle it out on 1983’s beautiful, bizarre art-rap classic

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s history with rap music goes deeper than Jay Z’s punch lines and bragging rights. That engagement was most visible in the “Beat Bop” 12-inch, a ten-minute sparring match between MCs/graffiti artists K-Rob and Rammellzee, which the legendary Brooklyn artist produced in 1983.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1983 / Photo by Lee Jaffe/ Getty Images

(Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1983 PHOTO BY LEE JAFFE)

Basquiat’s ‘Beat Bop’: An Oral History of One of the Most Valuable Hip-Hop Records of All Time | Andrew Nosnitsky (Spin Magazine)

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