Big Sha

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Big Sha
Birth name Mihail Stanislavov Mihaylov
Also known as Misho Shamara, Big Sha
Born (1972-12-27) December 27, 1972 (age 41)[citation needed]
Origin Varna, Bulgaria
Genres Hip Hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, record producer
Years active 1994–present
Labels R&B Records (2002-2007)
Universal Music Bulgaria, Frontline Hustle, Virginia Records (2007-present)
Associated acts Consa, Vanko 1, Ben G, 100 Kila, Valio Kita, Loshite,Bendjamini, Mitzzo, Trombona aka MC Guiness, LiLana, Drag-On, Crucial Conflict, Snoop Dogg, DMX, Jeremih
Website Official Myspace

Mihail Mihaylov born on December 27, 1972, better known as Big Sha or by his previous name, Misho Shamara, is a Bulgarian rapper from Varna, Bulgaria. He is known for his socialist leanings. One of the country's top rap artists in the 1990s and the early 2000s, his career has been waning ever since his partner, Ivan Glavchev (Vanko 1), was sentenced in 2003 to 12 years in prison for running an organization that exported Bulgarian prostitutes, including minors, to France, Spain, Belgium and Italy.[1] Initially considered controversial, his opinions are now more likely to draw ridicule from media and population alike. He openly supported Bulgaria's last socialist-led government, whose decision to appoint media tycoon Delyan Peevski, known for his links to organized crime, as head of the national security agency sparked nationwide protests against the Oresharski cabinet.[2] He also provoked indignation by calling Bulgaria's former Finance Minister, Simeon Dyankov, "Jewish scum" in 2013.[3][4]

Music career[edit]

Known as the Hammer, after MC Hammer, he had a group called Hamburger 1 with which he caught some attention. But his success came with Gumeni Glavi (Rubber Heads) when their debut album sold over 120 000 copies in 1994 which is equal to a four times platinum certification from BAMP (Bulgarian Association of Music Producers). Their second album Second-Hand Tires didn't sell as well. After these two albums in 1997 Dj Dido D was introduced to the group and the albums that followed were instant classics in Bulgarian Hip Hop. The albums were called For More Money and For Even More Money. After their success, Gumeni Glavi performed over 200 concerts in Bulgaria but after disputes within the band they split up and Sha began his solo career.

Solo career[edit]

He reached solo success with the smash hit single, "Fenki, Fenki" ("Fans, Fans") which became infamous for its lyrics. The following album, "Moi" ("Mine") sold 90 000 and showed that Misho Shamara was still on top of the rap game in Bulgaria. After this success in 2002 Shamara and Vanko 1 started his own record label "R&B Records", through which they released Goliamata Kombina (The Big Duo) which sold over 200 000 copies. His protégés Konsa, 100 Kila, Benjamini and Loshite made numerous hits and Sha didn't stay behind. In 2003 he released "Azbukata Na Jivota" ("The Alphabet Of Life") which was again on top of the Bulgarian Album Charts. In 2006 he released "Obichai Blijnia, Bliji Obichania" ("Love Those Close, And Lick Those Loved"), the album contained the hit tracks "Gnusnia Bradan" ("The Disgusting Beardman", a diss track against Spens), "Edin Den Se Napih" ("One Day I Got Drunk") featuring Konsa and Ogi Dog and "Boom Boom" featuring Mc Michael.

In 2007, Misho Shamara (literally Misho the Slap) changed his stage name to Big Sha, and founded a new label, "Frontline Hustle", in association with Universal Music Bulgaria and Virginia Records.

In 2008 he released "Hliab I Amfeti" ("Bread and Amphetamines") which featured collaborations with U.S. rap stars such as Crucial Conflict and Drag-On. The album reached number one on the charts.

In 2009, he was featured on LiLana's song "Dime Piece" together with Snoop Dogg.

His career has been on the decline lately.

Beefs[edit]

Just like the east coast vs. west coast feud in America, there was a similar situation in Bulgaria. Shamara and his label, R&B Records representing the east and Sniper Records, representing the west. Numerous diss tracks where shot back and forward but the beef was never settled.

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • 2002: Мой (Mine)
  • 2003: Азбуката на живота (The Life Alphabet)
  • 2006: Обичай ближния и ближи обичания (Love Close Ones And Lick Loved Ones)
  • 2008: Bread and Amphetamines

With Vanko 1[edit]

  • 2002: Голямата комбина (The Big Duo) with Vanko 1

Gumeni Glavi[edit]

  • 1994: Квартал №41 (Neighborhood #41)
  • 1995: Гуми втора употреба (Second-Hand Tires)
  • 1996: Ремиксове '96 (Remixes '96)
  • 1997: За повече пари (For More Money)
  • 1998: За още повече пари (For Much More Money)
  • 1998: Банда "Гумени Глави" (Rubber Heads Band)
  • 1999: 2999
  • 2001: The Best
  • 2004: 10 години (10 Years)

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