|Born||Emiliano Rudolf Giambelli
November 14, 1989 (age 25)
2009-2010: The beginnings
In 2009, at just only 20 years old, born in Palermo Sicily, he was the winner of an Italian freestyle competition called TecnichePerfette Emis Killa cooperated with the independent company Blocco Recordz with which he published a mixtape, “Keta Music” (2009) with original songs and beats of American productions and “Champagne e Spine”(2010), street album published online done with collaboration of some important Italian hip hop names.
2011-2012:The Flow Clocker vol.1 and L'erba cattiva
In 2011 he published the mixtape “The Flow Clocker vol.1.” with his own manager. He signed with Carosello Records, and on December 19, 2011 by digital download he published a new street album “Il Peggiore” (The Worst). At the same time Emis Killa came out with a new remix of “I Need a Dollar” by Aloe Blacc, played on many Italian radio stations.
In January 2012 he published the album “L’erba cattiva” which rose to number 5 on the FIMI chart of the most sold albums in Italy, staying in the top 20 for the 3 next months. Many hip hop Italian artists have collaborated to this album including Fabri Fibra, Guè Pequeno, Tormento and Marracash. 16 months after the release of the CD, it came back to the top ten of the most sold CDS, climbing up to number 4.
The music video for his song Parole di ghiaccio (Words of Ice), the third track from the album L'erba cattiva, had received 7.5 million views on YouTube in less than two weeks, 15 million views in less than a month, and 20 million in three months. Breaking the record for Italian music. On 5 May, Emis Killa won 'best emerging artist of 2012' at the TRL awards. On 7 June 2012 he received the golden disc award for his album “L’Erba Cattiva”; whilst his singles “Parole di ghiaccio” and “Se il mondo fosse” were awarded as the platinum disc in result of 30,000 digital downloads. On 15 October he won the Best Italian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, beating artists such as Club Dogo, Marracash, Cesare Cremonini and Giorgia. In November he published “L’ Erba Cattiva-Gold Version”, including “Il King”, soundtrack to the movie “I 2 soliti idioti”. On 12 December, during the Hip Hop Awards in the category of Best New Artist and Best Collaboration he won along with Club Dogo, J-Ax and Marracash with his song “Se il mondo fosse”.
2013-2014:Mercurio and BET Hip Hop Awards
In February 2013 he received a nomination during the Kids’ Choice Award 2013 for the category “Migliore cantante italiano” (Best Italian singer). On July 17, 2013 he released the single #Vampiri should anticipate his second studio album, Mercurio, released on October 22. At the end of 2013, the rapper takes part in the BET Hip Hop Awards in U.S.A., in Atlanta Civic Center, representing Italy under the bases of one of the best DJs: DJ Premier. In New York City he filmed his video in the song Straight Rydah also shot in the American television channels. In 2014, after published the single Maracanã, he did the judge in the third edition of MTV Spit aired on MTV Italy.
He comes from a modest family: his mother, originally from Palermo, has always worked as a factory worker metalwork, while his father was from Vimercate and he was a musician playing the piano in several bands of Brianza; he also suffered from bipolar disorder and died in 2009 of cardiac arrest. After gaining the early successes, the rapper moved to Milan, to then return to Vimercate, declaring: "I tried to go to live in Milan, but was short lived and I'm back in Vimercate, the Brianza not let you go: now I'm in the home where I was born and where my father was before separating from my mother.".
Emis Killa and Moreno Donadoni are certainly among the most popular young rappers of 2010s in the hip-hop made in Italy. Between the two, however, does not seem to run good blood... In 2009, during the Final battle of Tecniche Perfette (Freestyle battle), Moreno had attacked Emis Killa because he had not voted for him. Emis Killa swears that that episode has forgotten and he said: "We have now made peace, he's nonetheless apologized to me for having that reaction..." Yet, in spite of the peace, Emis Killa has ruled out a collaboration with Moreno, saying: "He has lost credibility in the eyes of those who represent the world of rap. Working with him I would do a lot of my fans unhappy, because the mass thinks in his own way... "