MC Miker G & DJ Sven
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Sven van Veen
MC Miker G & DJ Sven were a hip hop duo from the Netherlands. The duo consisted of Lucien Witteveen and Sven van Veen (DJ Sven). The 1980s saw the two launch "Holiday Rap" to international success. The song is a remixed version of Madonna's hit "Holiday" with additional rapping and an interpolation of the chorus of Cliff Richard's "Summer Holiday", remixed by Ben Liebrand.
Witteveen and Van Veen became acquainted in 1986 in a disco in Hilversum. The disco, Club Baccara, and the resident DJ Martin van der Schagt had a home studio where he recorded the demo version of the Holiday Rap using the original tape loops of Madonna's Holiday. But not possible to use for commercial release. Witteveen was discovered by Hotsound Records' Erik van Vliet, but Frits van Swoll, A & R manager of Dureco, took the song away from Erik, as Frits heard the demo on a local radio station, approached Ben Liebrand to produce it from scratch. Their single "Holiday Rap" became an international success, occupying number one on the single charts in 34 countries and reaching the Top 10 in twelve other countries. It was named by MuchMusic as the worst video of 1987. It is considered a one hit wonder.
Rise to fame and later years
In Germany the song stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks in August and September. The follow-up single "Celebration Rap" (based on the Kool & the Gang hit "Celebration" and including "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge) did not repeat this success, but still made it into the Top 10 in approximately 30 countries. The two began a large-scale European tour in 1987. After disbanding, DJ Sven continued to work on music-related productions while MC Miker G suffered from drug addiction and was homeless for several years.
In February 2006, DJ Sven appeared on Channel Five's Now That's Embarrassing: The 80s. His record was nominated just behind "Men in Makeup" and the Sinclair C5. He is currently working as a DJ in the Netherlands, and co-hosts the daily "Somertijd" show, from 2003 until 2014 on Radio Veronica, and since 2015 on Radio 10. The show is presented by Rob van Someren. In 2009, MC Miker G performed mature and personal rap songs as 'Lions Den'.
In 1988, Hotsound's Erik van Vliet took them back with a song "and the beat goes on" however the great vibe was about over and after this nothing was heard anymore from these artists.
Little Superstar Viral Video
On July 30, 2006 a short clip from a South Indian movie from the 90's was uploaded onto YouTube with the title Little Superstar. By October the video had gone viral and has accumulated 18,763,819 views (as of 2015 December). The clip featured a South Indian comic actor King Kong dancing to the Holiday rap tune.
- Ogg, Alex (1999). "The Hip Hop Years: A History of Rap", p. 233. Macmillan, UK.
Much of the content of this article comes from the original German Wikipedia entry.