Looptroop Rockers

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Looptroop Rockers
Looptroop Rockers - Ilosaarirock 2012.jpg
Looptroop Rockers at the 2012 Ilosaarirock festival
Background information
Origin Västerås, Sweden
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1991–present
Labels David Vs Goliath
Burning Heart Records
Bad Taste Records
Website Official website
Members Promoe
Supreme
Embee
Cos.M.I.C

Looptroop Rockers is a hip hop group from Västerås, Sweden. The members are rappers Promoe (Mårten Edh), Supreme (Mathias Lundh-Isen), DJ/Producer Embee (Magnus Bergkvist) and CosM.I.C (Tommy Isacsson). In February 2007 CosM.I.C, who had been a member of the group since the beginning in 1993, decided to focus on designing and maintaining looptrooprockers.com and not to be an active member of the group. He however rejoined the group in 2010 as Promoe announced at a concert in Helsinki on May 19, it was officially announced on their website [1] on May 21. On their fourth album, Good Things, the group changed its name from Looptroop to Looptroop Rockers, a name they've used unofficially for some years prior to the change.

Biography[edit]

Looptroop was formed in 1991 by Promoe and Embee. The two had met while attending school in Västerås and were still in their teens at the time of the group's inception. Cos.M.I.C joined shortly thereafter and in 1993 the group independently released their cassette-only debut EP Superstars, which was followed in 1995 by Threesicksteez. By the time they released their third cassette, From The Wax Cabinet (1996), long-time associate and frequent collaborator Supreme had become a permanent member of the group. It was in the pre-DVSG time when Promoe and Cos.M.I.C were also part of a group of graffiti writers called the "BIF" (Babylon Is Falling) crew in Västerås.

In 1998, Looptroop started their own record label, David Vs. Goliath (commonly referred to as DVSG), and with distribution handled by the Swedish punkrock label Burning Heart Records they released their full-length debut album Modern Day City Symphony in 2000. The album managed to sell reasonably well despite limited media exposure and spawned the underground hit single "Long Arm of the Law," which took a critical stance towards the Swedish police force and has since become one of Looptroop's signature songs.

In 2001, Promoe became the first member of the group to launch a solo career, with his debut solo album, Government Music. In 2002 Looptroop released their second album The Struggle Continues.

Embee's solo album Tellings From Solitaria was released in 2004 and featured contributions from several notable Swedish artists, including José González, Timbuktu and Daniel Lemma. The album was critically acclaimed and won a Swedish grammy award for best hiphop/soul in 2004.

Their third full-length studio album, Fort Europa, was released in 2005. On the track "Fort Europa," the group takes a particularly critical tone towards their country's immigration policy. In the video, an image of a TV screen reading "Welcome SWE" is smashed by a golf club as the beat drops. In the first verse, Promoe compares immigration policy to the Berlin Wall.[2]

On February 9, 2007 Cos.M.I.C announced that he was leaving the group indefinitely. He stated that there had been no falling-out between him and the rest of the group and mentioned that the group's busy schedule, which prevented him from spending time with his family, prompted this decision. Cos.M.I.C then contributed to two songs on the group's 2008 album "Good Things". After Cos.M.I.C left the group, they have also officially changed the group name from Looptroop to Looptroop Rockers!

Looptroop Rockers released their fourth album Good Things on 23 April 2008. Cos.M.I.C is featured on one of the tracks on the album. 2008 was also the year that DVSG was celebrating its 10th anniversary. Looptroop Rockers worked with artists like Rakaa Iriscience of the Dilated Peoples, Cunninglynguists, Timbuktu and Adam Tensta for this album.

On 21 May 2010 Looptroop Rockers announced on their website [1] that they were working on a new album. Promoe said it to be slated for a February 2011 release at a gig in Helsinki on May 19. On the same occasion it was announced that Cos.M.I.C. rejoined the group as a full member working on the new album.

In March 2011, the group released their fifth album "Professional Dreamers".

2013 saw the release of their first album in Swedish, "Mitt hjärta är en bomb". Made available on both CD and Vinyl LP.

Discography[edit]

Main Albums[edit]

Looptroop
Year Album Peak positions
SWE
[3]
1993 Superstars
1995 Threesicksteez
1996 From the Waxcabinet
1998 Punx Not Dead
2000 Modern Day City Symphony 43
2002 The Struggle Continues 19
2005 Fort Europa 5
Looptroop Rockers
Year Album Peak positions
SWE
[3]
2008 Good Things 5
2011 Professional Dreamers 8
2013 Mitt hjärta är en bomb 11

EPs[edit]

  • 1996: From the Wax Cabinet EP
  • 1996: Fuck A Record Deal (Looptroop/Headtag)
  • 1997: Unsigned Hype
  • 1998: From Beyond K-line (with Kashal Tee & Dj Erase)
  • 1998: Heads or Tails EP
  • 1998: Schlook From Birth
  • 2000: Sedlighetsroteln

Singles[edit]

  • 2005: "Fort Europa"/"Looptroop Radio" (Reached number 33 in Swedish Singles Chart)
  • 2008: "Naive" (with Timbuktu)
  • 2011: "Professional Dreamers"
12" vinyl
  • 1999: "Ambush in the Night"
  • 2000: "Long Arm of the Law"
  • 2002; "Fly Away"
  • 2002: "Looptroopland"
  • 2003: "Don't Hate the Player"
  • 2005: "Fort Europa"
  • 2008: "The Building"

Solo Albums and Side Projects[edit]

Promoe
  • 1999: Off the Record (single) b/w It's Promoe/Poor Lonesome Homeboy
  • 2001: Government Music
  • 2004: The Long Distance Runner
  • 2006: White Man's Burden
  • 2007: Standard Bearer
  • 2009: Kråksången
  • 2009: Bondfångeri
  • 2010: Never Follow [EP]
Embee
  • 1998: From the Way Beyond Mixtape
  • 2000: Embeetious Art EP
  • 2004: Tellings From Solitaria
  • 2006: Mash Hits
  • 2010: The Mellow Turning Moment
The Casual Brothers (Embee and Cos.M.I.C)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b website
  2. ^ YouTube - looptroop - fort europa
  3. ^ a b "Looptroop discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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