Bligg

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Bligg
Rapper Bligg.jpg
Background information
Birth name Marco Bliggensdorfer
Born (1976-09-30) 30 September 1976 (age 38)
Schwamendingen, Switzerland
Genres Rap
Years active 1995 – present
Associated acts Lexx in Bligg'n'Lexx
Stress

Marco Bliggensdorfer better known as Bligg (born September 30, 1976 in Schwamendingen) is a rapper from Zurich, Switzerland. His albums 0816 and Bart Aber Herzlich reached #1 on the Swiss charts;[1] four of his other albums have peaked in the top 20. In 1999 and 2000, he was part of a duo Bligg'n'Lexx with rapper and producer Lexx (real name Alex Storrer) releasing one album together.

Career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

At age 16, Bligg began freestyling. In 1995, he released a limited EP, Zürislang Freistiil, which was the first opportunity to really hear him rap.

Bligg'n'Lexx[edit]

Bligg'n'Lexx
Origin Switzerland
Genres Rap
Years active 1998-2001
Past members Bligg (Marco Bliggensdorfer)
Lexx (Alex Storrer)

Three years later, Bliggensdorfer met Alex Storrer, a producer and rapper known as Lexx. Forming a hip hop duo, the two worked together on Chocolate, Cheese and Sounds. In 1999, they released their first single, called "Schnitzeljagd" under the name Bligg'n'Lexx. The single was remixed by DJ Cutmando, whom the pair met while on tour. Ever since then, DJ Cutmando has worked with Bligg.

In 2000, Bligg'n'Lexx collaborated with Pete Penicka to release the single "Du & Ich" from the Bligg'n'Lexx debut and only studio album Nahdisnah. The album received positive reviews and increased the group's popularity.

Solo career[edit]

Bligg also started working on additional songs and was signed as a separate act to the Universal label. In 2001, Bligg released his first solo album, entitled Normal, which reached #20 on the Swiss charts. He worked with hip-hop artists Spooman, Lexx (his partner in Bligg'n'Lexx) and with Stress, as well as the American rap group The Alkaholiks. Another song included the soul musician Emel, whom Bligg had known for a while.

The songs "Alles scho mal ghört" and "Relaxtra" reached the Swiss Singles Chart Top 20. "Alles scho mal ghört" remained on the chart for 16 weeks, eventually reaching #7. In 2002, "Relaxtra" was released as an EP for a second time.

After the release of Normal, Bligg ended his relationship with Universal and signed with Nation Music. In 2004, he released his second album, entitled Odyssey. On this album, he worked with many Swiss producers. Odyssey stayed on the Swiss charts for 9 weeks and reached 19th place. Featured guests on this album include Emel, Stress, Stephanie, and Berlin rapper Kool Savas. The single "King Size" became very popular, and after the release of this album, Bligg went on tour for a second time with DJ Cutmando and other musicians.

In 2005, Bligg released an album called Okey Dokey on the Musikvertrieb label. The album is the first Dualdisc that was ever released to the Swiss market. Emel and Kool Savas were replaced on this album. The single "Gang Nöd" is Bligg's contribution for Swiss suicide prevention campaign featured on television. In 2006, Bligg released the album Mit Liib & Seel. This was the first time that Bligg sang on one of his albums, as well as the first time that he used English lyrics. After the album's release, Bligg went on tour accompanied by a seven person band.

A year after the release of this album, Bligg released his fourth album, called Yves Spink. He worked on this album with DJ Cutmando in their own well-furnished recording studio. The album reached the Top 10 Swiss charts. The album, which is named after a Swiss party organizer, features a song called "Suzanne." This song is dedicated to Susanne Wille, the moderator of the Swiss news show 10vor10.

In October 2007, the song "Volksmusigg" was used for the TV show "Die größten Schweizer Hits." It was performed by the folk group Streichmusik Alder. This version was successful and was released as a single, then stayed on the Swiss charts for 20 weeks. Bligg then went on tour with Streichmusik Alder.

After successful work with the group, Bligg decided to incorporate traditional folk elements into his songs, especially using the Hammered dulcimer in his beats. This resulted in the album 0816 which was released at the end of October 2008. After eight weeks, Bligg reached the #1 place on the Swiss charts and stayed there for weeks afterwards. The first single off the album was the song "Rosalie", which was about a woman who falls in love with a florist. The song reached #5 on the Hitparade Single charts. From January 8 to April 18, 2009, Bligg went on tour. At the concerts, up to nine musicians were on stage at all times. In order to reproduce the recorded album's style elements while on tour, the band included accordion player Nicolas Senn, who played the Hammered dulcimer on-stage.

Bligg'n'Lexx Discography[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
SWI
[2]
2000 Nahdisnah  –
with Lexx as Bligg’n’Lexx
Year Single Peak positions Album
SWI
[2]
1999 "Schnitzeljagd" (maxi)  –
2000 "Du & Ich" (maxi & EP)  – Nahdisnah

Bligg discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
SWI
[2]
2001 Normal 20
2004 Odyssey 19
2006 Mit Liib & Seel 12
2007 Yves Spink 9
2008 0816 1
2010 Bart aber herzlich 1
2013 Service Publigg
Other solo album releases
  • 2009: 0816 Nackt (Re-Release of 0816)
  • 2011: Brass aber herzlich (Deluxe edition of Bart aber herzlich)

EPs[edit]

  • 2001: Relaxtra (EP)
  • 2004: Odyssey Club (EP)

Mixtapes[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
SWI
[2]
2005 Okeydokey (Mixtape) 23

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
SWI
[2]
2001 "Alles scho mal ghört"
(feat. Emel)
7 Normal
"Raw Dawgz"
(feat. Tha Alkaholiks)
 –
"Relaxtra"
(feat. Lexx & Stress)
19
2004 "Single" 18 Odyssey
"King Size"
(feat. Kool Savas)
 –
2005 "Gang nöd"  – Non-album release
2007 "Susanne"  – Yves Spink
"Börn Baby"  –
"Volksmusigg"
(with Streichmusik Alder)
7
2008 "Für's Läbe"  –
"Rosalie" 5 0816
"Musigg i dä Schwiiz" 9
2009 "Signal" 23
"Stahn Uf"
(with Baschi, Stress, Ritschi & Seven)
1
2010 "Legendä und Heldä" 1 Bart aber herzlich
"Chef" 15
2011 "Manhattan" 9
"I'd Kill for You"
(feat. Jessy Howe)
59
2013 "MundART" 3 Service Publigg
featured in
Others
  • 1995: Zürisläng Freischtiil (Vinyl) (with Lügner, Tiisär & DJ Cutmando)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://hitparade.ch/showitem.asp?interpret=Bligg&titel=0816&cat=a
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bligg discography". hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 September 2013.