Kaliber 44

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Kaliber 44
Also known as K44
Origin Katowice, Poland
Genres Rap, Hip hop, Horrorcore, Psychedelic
Years active 1994–2003, 2013–
Labels S.P. Records
Associated acts Paktofonika
Members Abra dAb, Ś.P. Brat Joka, DJ Feel-X
Past members Magik

Kaliber 44 is a hip hop band formed at the end of 1993 in Katowice, Poland by Piotr Łuszcz ("Magik"), Marcin Marten ("Dab"), Michał Marten ("Joka") and Sebastian Filiks (DJ Feel-X). The group is dubbed the most influential Polish hip hop band, while their so-called Hardcore Psycho Rap style is the most prominent. It was originally thought that the name of the group came from a gun, but later members revealed that it should be explained differently: first part of the name comes from the calibre of problems the group sings about. The number 44 is a reference to a prophetic poem Dziady written by Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz.

Nad ludy i nad króle podniesiony;
Na trzech stoi koronach, a sam bez korony;
A życie jego – trud trudów,
A tytuł jego – lud ludów;
Z matki obcej, krew jego dawne bohatery,
A imię jego czterdzieści i cztery.
Elevated above peoples and kings;
He stands on three crowns, but himself is without a crown;
And his life – the hardest of hardships,
And his title – the people above other peoples;
From a foreign mother, his blood is of ancient heroes;
And his name forty and four.

"Księga Tajemnicza. Prolog", released in 1996 was the first Polish hardcore psychorap album and the second one where live-scratching technique was used. Their two other albums – "W 63 minuty dookoła świata" (released in 1998) and "3:44" (released in 2000) were completely devoid of psychorap style.

Piotr Łuszcz[edit]

Soon after release of the second album "W 63 minuty dookoła świata" Magik retired from Kaliber 44, and formed new band called "Paktofonika" together with Sebastian "Rahim" Salbert and Wojciech "Fokus" Alszer.

On 26 December 2000, at around 6:15, "Magik" committed suicide by jumping out of the window of his apartment situated on the ninth floor of the building, in Katowice. At around 6:45, he was pronounced dead in a local hospital, leaving his wife Justyna, and a 3-year-old son, Filip.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
POL
[1]
Księga Tajemnicza. Prolog
  • Released: 10 November 1996
  • Label: S.P. Records
W 63 minuty dookoła świata
  • Released: 2 March 1998
  • Label: S.P. Records
50
  • ZPAV: Gold[2]
3:44
  • Released: 2 September 2000
  • Label: S.P. Records
49

Demo albums[edit]

Title Album details
Usłysz nasze demo
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Self-released

Singles[edit]

  • "Magia i miecz" (The Magic and the Sword) (1996)
  • "Film" (The Trip) (1998)
  • "Konfrontacje" (Confrontations) (2000)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peak chart positions in Poland:
  2. ^ "Bestseller charts and awards :: Gold certification awards". Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 

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