Azerbaijani hip hop

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Azerbaijani hip hop (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan hip-hopu) is the musical genre which became popular in Azerbaijan in mid-1990s. It's a mix of native meykhana genre of Azerbaijani music with Western hip hop.


The first Azerbaijani hip-hop song "Dünənki keçdi" (Yesterday is Past), created in 1983 by Chingiz Mustafayev, who would later become Azerbaijan's national hero for unrelated reasons.[1] The pioneer of Azerbaijani rap often associated with name of Anar Nagilbaz in 1992, which also included elements of disco but the popularity of the rap genre came with the rise of Dayirman, which included primarily patriotic elements.[2]

In 2000s, despite mass emergence of independent rappers like Elşad Xose and Huseyn Derya and popularity of hip-hop shows like "Mən də varam" on Space TV, only a few Azerbaijani rap artists have achieved commercial success.[3][4][5][6] During the late 2000s, rap group H.O.S.T. became primarily popular among hip hop fans.[2][7]

On 29 December 2011, the very first Azerbaijani national musical, a hip-hop version of the classic love story Leyli and Majnun, has been performed in Baku.[8][9] Despite the commercial dominance of hip-hop and Azerbaijani pop music during this period, rapper Miri Yusif found success with his reggae and soul fusion album "Karma", peaked at number 1 in the Azerbaijani Albums Chart in 2010.[10]


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  1. ^ Documenting the Horrors of Karabakh
  2. ^ a b "Rep musiqisi". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Well-known Azerbaijani rapper Huseyn Darya dies". Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  4. ^ "'Yetenek sizsiniz Türkiyə'də hamını ayağa qaldıran azərbaycanlı: 'Bizə heç kim kömək etmədi' – MÜSAHİBƏ + VİDEO". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" Популярные азербайджанские реперы представят совместный проект. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2014-05-13. Retrieved 13 May 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Запрещенную песню азербайджанского рэппера Эльшада Хосе можно услышать в Интернете. (in Russian). Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Что случилось с рэп-группой "HOST Alyans"?". (in Russian). Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Leyli and Majnun hip-hop style". Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  9. ^ В Баку состоялась премьера первого азербайджанского мюзикла в стиле хип-хоп "Лейли и Меджнун" – ФОТО. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 22 January 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  10. ^ Vishnevsky, Felix. Мири Юсиф. Рождение "Белого ворона" - ФОТО. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 16 June 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.

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