Liroy

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Liroy
Birth name Piotr Marzec
Also known as Liroy, L, Grand Papa Rapa, Szakal, Scyzoryk, PM Cool Lee
Born (1971-08-12) August 12, 1971 (age 43)[1]
Origin Kielce, Poland
Genres Rap
Occupation(s) Rapper, actor, producer
Years active 1982–present
Labels BMG Poland, DEF ENTERTAINMENT
Associated acts Wzgórze Ya-Pa-3, Borixon, Wojtas, Radoskór
Website www.liroy.com.pl

Piotr Marzec (born August 12, 1971 in Busko Zdrój, Poland), better known as Liroy (Leeroy), is a rapper living in Kielce. He is one of the pioneers of rap and hip-hop culture in Poland. His CDs include East On Da Mic (as PM Cool Lee), Albóóm, Bafangoo Part 1, L, Bafangoo Part 2 (Dzień Szaka-La), Bestseller and L-Nińo vol. 1.

Career[edit]

1982-1994[edit]

  • 1982 - first experiences with rap music, 1st mixtape
  • 1983 - first experiences as DJ and MC, first attempts as musician with rock bands
  • 1984-1991 - first rap performances (streets and clubs), breakdancing
  • 1991 - trip to France, with Polish-American group Leeroy & The Western Posse performances in European clubs
  • August-September 1992 - recording of his first material released later as PM Cool Lee
  • January 1993 - recording of his first TV appearance for Polish TVP2
  • October 18, 1994 - signed a deal with BMG Poland

1995[edit]

  • May 22, 1995 - release of mini album SCYZORYK with tracks "Scyzoryk", "Korrba" and "Coraz Daley od Rayoo"
  • June 7, 1995 - release of video "Scyzoryk", track reaches most of top 10 of country playlists
  • July 4, 1995 - Liroy gets standing ovation at Sopot during Marlboro Rock In Festival where he supports Ice-T and Body Count
  • July 5, 1995 - Ice T calls Liroy OG of Poland at the press conference in Sopot. "He is cool. I like him" says Ice T
  • July 10, 1995 - Liroy's debut album titled ALBOOM containing hits "Scoobiedo Ya" and "Scyzoryk" is released;
  • August 1995 - ALBOOM becomes gold - 100,000 copies sold in one month, and then another 100,000 copies sold by the end of the month
  • September 1995 - Liroy is front page news in serious weeklies and tabloids - Wroclaw is the first stop of Liroy's first tour around Poland - a sold out tour of 40 gigs that lasts till October 15
  • September 2, 1995 - 250,000 copies sold - ALBOOM becomes platinum
  • September 15, 1995 - 300,000 copies sold in two months - ALBOOM is the fastest selling debut album in the history of the Polish music business
  • September 16, 1995 - over l0,000 spectators applaud Liroy in his home town of Kielce
  • November 27, 1995 - Liroy co-headlines a gig in Gdansk with Lordz of Brooklyn - next day Liroy and Lordz record a track in Liroy's studio in Gdynia
  • December 1995 - ALBOOM sold over 400,000 copies

1996-1999[edit]

  • February 5–6, 1996 - in London Liroy performs as rapper with his own Polish lyric on one track for the new recordings of Malcolm McLaren
  • March 1996 - Liroy is awarded with a Fryderyk (Polish equivalent of a Grammy Award) for Alboom as best rap/hip-hop album in 1995
  • April-June 1996 - finishing the second album in his own studio Def Noizz in Gdynia
  • May 1996 - an article in the Detroit Free Press
  • November 1996 - Liroy's mini-album titled BAFANGOO Part 1 (9 tracks, 40 minutes) is released
  • January-May 1997 - working on the next album in his own studio Def Noizz in Gdynia
  • February 1997 - BAFANGOO Part 1 becomes gold
  • February 1997 - Liroy adapts an original music to Bertold Brecht's The Career of Arturo Ui for Polish TV (Liroy acts as well)
  • June 1997 - Liroy's second full album tilled L is released (album contains the track "Mano a Mano" written especially for boxing champion Przemysław Saleta as his fight's introduction and the hit single "Skaczcie do gory" (Jump up))
  • September 1997 - L becomes gold
  • December 1997 - New Talent page for Liroy in Vibe
  • April 1998 - Liroy is awarded a Fryderyk for L as best rap/hip-nop album in 1997
  • January 1999 - Liroy is noticed in the Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music
  • August 1999 - Liroy's third full album Dzien Szaka-L'a (The day of jacka-l) is released
  • October 1999 - Dzien Szaka-L'a becomes gold

2000-2007[edit]

  • January 2000 - Dzien Szaka-L'a is announced to be the second best sales result among all the local releases in Poland in 1999
  • February 2000 - new thriller-comedy movie Chłopaki nie płaczą (Boys Don't Cry) with Liroy's score enters screens in Poland
  • March 2000 - Dzien Szaka-L'a becomes platinum; Liroy is awarded with a Fryderyk for Dzien Szaka-L'a as best rap/hip-nop album in 1999 - Liroy's 4th Fryderyk award
  • September 25, 2000 - Liroy's best of ... album titled 10 is released
  • February 19. 2001 - re-edition of 10 is released. Includes remix of hit track "Scyzoryk" made by Jason Nevins.
  • March 20O1 - working on the next album in his own studio Def Noizz.
  • September/October - recording sessions for the new LP to be called Bestseller - album includes artists: Ice-T, Lionel Richie, Prodigal Sunn, DJ Tomekk, and Da G.K.K.M.
  • October 17, 2001 - Liroy's 1st Bestseller's SP called Hello - a ty czujesz to? is released. Track is featured by Lionel Ritchie.
  • November 12, 2001 - Liroy's album Bestseller is released; Album becomes top 10 best selling album for few months. SP called Hello - czy ty czujesz to!' becomes one of the best playing songs in 2001/2002
  • April 2002 - Liroy is nominated with Fryderyk (Polish equivalent of Grammy Award) for Bestseller as best Rap/Hip-hop album & Video of the Year in 2001.
  • September 2002 - 1st studio session in New York. Start working on 3 parts CD called L Nino;
  • July 2003 - Liroy is opening his own night club in Philadelphia (USA) called LIROYS
  • September 2003 - Liroy managing and producing Eastern European Tour (or hip-hop icons PMD, DJ HONDA and K-SOLO;
  • March 2004 - LIROY BANK FOUNDATION is officially open. Foundation is a help for talented kids from the streets of Kielce city, Liroy's hometown;
  • September 2004 - release of video Kiedys Przyjdzie Taki Dzien 1st single from forthcoming album;
  • December 2004 - Liroy's new single track titled Kiedys Przyjdzie Taki Dzien is released;
  • March 2005 - release of video (KIELCE) My robimy To Tak ! 2nd single from forthcoming album;
  • April 2005 - new single track titled (KIELCE) My robimy To Tak ! is released;
  • July–December 2005 - finishing the seventh album called L Nino cz.l / wstep in his own studio Def Noizz in Warsaw & touring
  • Jan.-August 20O6 - Liroy 0n tour all around Poland;
  • Sept/November 2006 - finishing new LP called L Nino vol 1
  • November 26, 2006 - Interview & live on stage at TVN program called Kuba Wojewódzki Show
  • November 27, 2006 - Liroy's album L Nine vol 1 is released exclusively at ALLEGRO.
  • November 27, 2006 - madness starts - over 1000 cds of L Nino vol 1 sold in 10 hours at ALLEGRO, This is fastest selling cd in the history of ALLEGRO.
  • December 4, 2006 - officially release of L Nino vol.1
  • December 5, 2006 - L Nino vol 1 becomes Gold.
  • December 31, 2006 - video shoot of „ Ta Noc Jest za Krótka na Sen" at 6 different New Year's parties.
  • January 4, 2007 - L Nino vol J release party at Warsaw club ZOO.
  • February 2007 - release of video " Ta Noc Jest za Krotka na Sen"
  • February 2007 - L Nino vol 1 becomes Platinum
  • March 2007 - Liroy opening new street wear company called DEF Life.
  • June 2007 - DEF Life's first collection in stores.
  • June 2007 - project called DOM WARIATA (MAD HOUSE) is born.
  • July/August 2007 - Ta Noc Jest za Krótka na Sen remix contest.
  • September 2007 - interview at TVN program called Szymon Majewski Show
  • September 2007 - recording 13 parts of SHIBUYA TV show for VIVA TV.
  • Oct./November 2007 - working on the next album called Gramlpapurapa (Powrót Króla)
  • November 2007 - L Nino vol.l sold over 50.000 copies
  • December 2007 - 25 YEAR Anniversary of Liroy's rap adventure
  • December 9, 2007 - Liroy as a star of famous TVP2 show called Szansa na Sukces
  • December 21, 2007 - Liroy's double album Grandpaparapo (Powrót Króla) is released exclusively and only at internet as a limited edition of 3000 copies.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL
[2]
East On Da Mic
(as P.M. Cool Lee)
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Starling
Alboom
  • Released: July 10, 1995[3]
  • Label: BMG Ariola Poland
  • POL: 800,000+
  • POL: 4x Platinum[4]
L
  • Released: June 7, 1997[5]
  • Label: BMG Ariola Poland
  • POL: 100,000+
Dzień Szakala (Bafangoo Cz.2)
  • Released: August 5, 1999[7]
  • Label: BMG Ariola Poland
  • POL: 100,000+[8]
  • POL: Platinum[9]
Bestseller
  • Released: November 19, 2001[10]
  • Label: BMG Ariola Poland
6
  • POL: 50,000+[8]
L Niño vol. 1
  • Released: November 27, 2006[12]
  • Label: DEF Entertainment
46
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
POL
[2]
10
  • Released: September 18, 2000[13]
  • Label: BMG Ariola Poland
44
Grandpaparapa (Powrót króla)
  • Released: December 21, 2007[14]
  • Label: DEF Entertainment
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

Title EP details Sales Certifications
Bafangoo Cz.1
  • Data: March 11, 1996[15]
  • Wydawca: BMG Ariola Poland
  • POL: 100,000+

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