Albanian hip hop
Albanian Hip Hop refers to artists from Albania, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro as the Albanian language is spoken in the whole of Albania and Kosovo and some parts of Macedonia and Montenegro. The term Albanian Hip Hop also refers to other Albanian-inhabited places such as the United States, Germany and United Kingdom. Since 2012, a team of French people tried to help improve Hip-Hop culture in Albania. They created the first Albanian hip hop festival, which took place in Tirane, Elbasan, Shkodër and Korçë.
The first rap group ever made in Albania is Banda Butuesi formed by 99ci,DMC aka Babloki and other guys from Bajram Curri, a town in the northern Albania.But the group who brought Modern Rap in Albania was the legendary 2Die4, formed by 4 guys from Fier. Other old school famous Albanian rappers are Mr Elvis, Akrepi, Rudi, West Side Family, Vagabondi, etc. Rap found itself in Kosovo during the 90's, where the most prominent rappers were Getoar Selimi, 2Po2, Unikkatil, Presioni, Ritmi Rruges, Duda, etc. Albanian HipHop, nowadays, is all about labels. Some of the best labels are P.I.N.T, TBA(The Bloody Alboz), O.T.R(On Top of the Rest), BABASTARS and HVMxSQUVD.
Albanian HipHop artists, specially those from the region of Kosovo, can be compared to whatever HipHop artist worldwide. HipHop in Kosovo has elaborated very quickly in production and lyrics, to that point where we can specify, it influences people and their way of living.
Some of the most famous HipHop artists at the moment in Albania are Noizy ( OTR ), Stresi ( BABASTARS ), Big Basta etc. Very talented HipHop artists in Kosovo are Ghetto Geasy (BABASTARS), MC Kresha (PINT), Lyrical Son(PINT), Singullar (HVMxSQUVD), BimBimma, Ledri Vula and a very long list of other rappers. Of course they wouldn't be so successful if it wasn't for high-quality production where we can mention some of the best producers, Bloodychuck (HvmxSquvd), Genc Prelvukaj(Blackfish ent.) and Getoar Selimi(BABASTARS) who have been around for a long time.
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