Ceza

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Ceza
Bilgin Özçalkan.jpg
Background information
Birth nameBilgin Özçalkan
Also known as
  • Ceza
  • Fatalrhymer
  • Fatalflex
Born (1976-12-31) 31 December 1976 (age 45)
Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active1995–present
Labels
  • Kod Müzik (1999)
  • Hammer Müzik (2000–2006)
  • EMI (2006)
  • Orijinal Müzik (2008)
  • Pasaj Müzik (2009)
  • Esen Müzik (2010–present)
Websiteceza.com.tr

Bilgin Özçalkan (Turkish pronunciation: [bilˈɟin ˈœstʃaɫkan]; born 31 December 1976), also known by his stage name Ceza (pronounced [dʒeˈzaː], Turkish for 'punishment'), is a Turkish rapper and songwriter.

Early works[edit]

In 1995, Özçalkan started a group called U.C.S and performed with this group until about 1998. His group Nefret got signed under Hammer Music in 2000, and the album Meclis Ala – İstanbul was released. In 2001, Özçalkan proceeded to release the album Anahtar. The title track on this album that holds the same name as the album itself was the first one that came with a music video. The album was a great success, and Özçalkan performed at many concerts from it.[1]

However, Özçalkan's big breakthrough came in 2004. He was invited to one of the biggest rock festivals in Turkey, namely RockIstanbul, and was asked to perform on stage there. He was able to showcase his rap music in an environment that held the largest Turkish popular music acts.[2]

In 2005, at the Turkish rock music festival Rock 'n Coke, Ceza let out a profanity-laden freestyle rap directed at the singer Kıraç, who had made comments about rap not being real music.[3]

After these two projects, Özçalkan had a featuring with artist Mercan Dede in his album Su ("Water").[4]

Personal life[edit]

Özçalkan was born on 31 December 1976 in Üsküdar, Istanbul, but he was registered on 1 January 1977 in his birth certification. He worked for 8 years as an electrician before he started rapping. He is the first and only Turkish singer who won a MTV Music Award in 2007. Again in 2007, he created his own clothing brand called Evin Delisi.[5]

His sister, Ayben Özçalkan Ülkü is also a rapper.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2002 Med Cezir Hammer Müzik
2004 Rapstar
130.000
Hammer Müzik
2005 Feyz Al Hammer Müzik
2006 Yerli Plaka Hammer Müzik
2007 Evin Delisi Underground EP
2008 Bomba Plak with Killa Hakan Dolunay Müzik and Orjinal Müzik
2010 Onuncu Köy Esen Müzik
2010 Artık Suç Değil Sevgi İşleyin - Yüksek Gerilim
Esen Müzik
2015 Suspus
Esen Müzik

Split albums[edit]

with Dr. Fuchs
Year Title Label
2000 Meclis-i Ala İstanbul Hammer Müzik
2001 Anahtar Hammer Müzik
with Killa Hakan
Year Title Label
2000 Meclis-i Ala İstanbul Hammer Müzik

Singles[edit]

  • "Açık Ara Bul Kon" (2009)
  • "Artık Suç Değil Sevgi İşleyin" (2010)
  • "Sende Biraz Delisin" (2011)
  • "Türk Marşı" (2012)
  • "Mind Right" (feat. Kaan) (2016)
  • "Denizci" (2018)
  • "Fight Kulüp" (feat. Killa Hakan & Ezhel & Ben Fero) (2019)
  • "Komedi v Dram" (feat. Sayedar & Önder Şahin) (2019)
  • "Beatcoin" (2019)
  • "Yak" (with Tepki) (2020)
  • "Yeni Mesaj" (2020)
International (as featured artist)
Year Single Peak position Certification
US
2011 "Worldwide Choppers"
(Tech N9ne featuring Busta Rhymes, Yelawolf, Twista,
U$O, Ceza, D-Loc, JL of B.Hood & Twisted Insane)
104

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2005 Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul Himself
2013 Leyla and Mecnun 'Guest appearance'

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ceza kimdir ne zaman doğdu müzik hayatı ceza\'nın albümleri nelerdir". Mailce.com. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  2. ^ Mynet. "Ceza Rock İstanbul Canlı Performans". Mynet Video. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  3. ^ Ceza's freestyle verse at the 2005 Rock 'n Coke. ultraslan39 (14 January 2007), ceza – kıraç, archived from the original on 22 December 2021, retrieved 8 May 2017
  4. ^ "Mercan Dede – Su". Discogs. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  5. ^ ED BRAND https://www.evindelisi.com.tr/ Retrieved 24 November 2019.

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