Shabak Samech during a performance in Be'er Sheva, March 2010
|Genres||Punk rock, gangsta rap|
|Years active||1992–2000, 2007–present|
Shabak Samech (Hebrew: שבק"ס,שב"ק סמך) (aka Shabak S) is the first recognized rap and hip-hop group to come out of Israel, from the small town of Yavneh. Their sound is primarily hip-hop, but includes elements of rapcore, dancehall, ska and funk. Their sound has been compared to the Beastie Boys, Ugly Duckling, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimmy Cliff, Elephant Man and more. The group had two and three vocalists (Fuck A and Miro being replaced by Nimi Nim for their second album, Be'atifa shel Mamatak), two guitarists, a drummer and a bassist. The group continued to distinguish itself from the rest of the hip-hop acts in Israel as the scene continued to grow with unique sound and minimal reliance on beats and samples.
The word Shabak as it is written in Hebrew (שבק) is a misspelling of the Hebrew acronym for the Internal General Security Service of Israel.
- 1992 – Shabak Samech original members (Plompy, Mook E., Fuck A, Miro, Assaf B. and Albert) form the band, then called "FFM" ("Floating Fat-Man")
- 1993 – Assaf B. leaves and is replaced with Piloni. Davidi joins as bassist, replacing Mook E. (who was playing bass at the time). The name is changed to "Shabak Samech".
- 1994 – Mook E. returns as vocalist, and James joins as drummer, replacing Albert.
- 1995 – First album, [], is recorded in January. First radio airplay is in July, 1995 ("Shin Business" from []). The album goes out for sale in September.
- 1996 – Miro leaves and is replaced by Nimi Nim.
- 1997 – Fuck A leaves. The second album, Be'atifa shel Mamatak, is released in August.
- 1998 – Live album released. Nimi Nim leaves late in the year.
- 1999 – Miro and Fuck A return. The band records C'naan 2000.
- 2000 – C'naan 2000 released.
- 2000 – Shabak Samech disbands. Mook E. goes on to pursue a reggae/rap solo career.
- 2003 – Mook E. and Piloni start a record label, Shabak Music.
- 2007 – Shabak Samech reunite and have a reunion concert. They began a small tour soon after. The fourth studio album, Boom carnival is released in 2008
- 2012 – Shabak 5th Album, Parra Parra, is released on 1 September.
- Nimi Nim aka Nimrod Reshef – vocals (1996–1998)
- Miro aka Amir Yeruham – frontman/vocals (1992–1996, 1999–2000, 2007–present)
- Mook E. aka Muki D. aka Danny Niv – vocals (1994–2000, 2007–present), bass (1992–1993)
- Fuck A aka Chemi aka Kfir Artzi – vocals (1992–1997, 1999–2000, 2007–present)
- Plompy B. aka Amir Besser – guitars (1992–2000, 2007–present)
- Piloni ("Little Elephant") aka Dani Kark – guitars (1993–2000, 2007–present)
- James aka Gal Sivan – drums, percussion (1994–2000, 2007–present)
- Davidi aka Master David aka David Muskatel – bass (1993–2000, 2007–present)
- Albert – drums (1992–1994)
- Assaf B. – guitars (1992–1993)
- Shabak – 1995
- Be'atifa shel Mamatak (trans: In A Candy Wrapper) – 1997
- Shabak Be'hofa'a (live album) – 1998
- C'naan 2000 – 2000
- Boom Carnival – 2008
- Parra Parra – 2012
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