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Cartel (rap group)

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OriginTurkey, Germany
  • Rappers
  • singers
Years active1995–present
LabelsPolyGram (1995–2011)
GRGDN (2011–present)
  • Alper Tunga
  • Big Porno Ahmet
  • Kabus Kerim from Karakan
  • M.Ali
  • Babalu
  • İnceEfe
  • Olcay from Da Crime Posse
  • Erci E
  • DJ A-Bomb

Cartel is a 1995 Turkish hip hop CD project involving three groups of rappers from different German cities, which received attention and popularity in both Turkey and Germany. It was notable for using samples 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".

During Cartel's short career, the band gave around 120 extremely successful concerts in Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and France. Cartel is the only hip-hop group that managed to fill Istanbul's İnönü Stadium (as of December 2006). In addition to German and Turkish-speaking media, BBC London also reported on the group, as did the music channels VIVA and MTV.

In Turkey, where the band, which also appears in English, Spanish and German, has remained most successful, Cartel has sold more than half a million CDs through official sales to date. On February 4, 2011 the group released their new album Bugünkü Neşen Cartel'den and their new video Bir Oluruz, but without Kabus Kerim.


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