Cartel (rap group)

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Origin Turkey, Germany
Genres Rap, hip hop, world
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1995–present
Labels PolyGram (1995–2011)
GRGDN (2011–present)
Members Alper Ağa, Kabus Kerim, M.Ali, Babalu, İnceEfe, Olcay, Erci E

Cartel is a 1995 Turkish hip hop group that received attention and popularity in both Turkey and Germany. They were famous for pioneering the use of traditional Turkish music instruments in hip hop music. Cartel was the first Turkish-language project to get off the ground and often credited as the group that ignited "Oriental hip hop". According to Diessel, "Cartel was a capitalist venture, a media creation, and a catalyst for dialogue about nationalism in Germany and Turkey.[1]


Year Title Label
3 May 1995 Cartel
2004 Cartel 2004 Yeni Basım
(Cartel 2004 New Printing)
2011 Bugünkü Neşen Cartel'den


  1. ^ Diessel, Caroline. "Bridging East and West on the "Orient Express": Oriental Hip Hop in the Turkish Diaspora of Berlin." Journal of Popular Music Studies 12 (2001): 165–187.

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