Řezník (rapper)

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Řezník
Birth name Martin Pohl
Also known as Řezník, M.Engele
Born (1986-10-01) 1 October 1986 (age 31)
Origin Rumburk
Genres Horrorcore
Years active 2004–present
Labels ZNK Production
Website ZNK.cz

Martin Pohl[1] (born 1 October 1986 in Rumburk, Czechoslovakia[2]), better known by his stage name Řezník (in English: Butcher) or M.Engele, is a controversial Czech rapper, an exponent of the horrorcore genre in the Czech Republic.[3] He is known for his provocative songs glorifying violence against women, homeless people, drug addicts, gays, and Ukrainians.[1] Řezník uses general horrorcore themes and he has collaborated with many interprets like King Gordy, Bizarre, Lex the Hex Master, Mastamind, Madchild, Necro, Sean Strange, Snowgoons, Scum, Razakel, J Hexx Project, members of Butcher's Harem, etc. According to a leaked poll result of the national Czech music award Český slavík, he won in 2013 in the category "Internet Star".[4] He was, however, disqualified from the poll by the organizers, due to alleged objectionable conduct expressed in his songs. It led to protests of notable Czech artists, such as Tomáš Klus and Matěj Ruppert. In November, 2013, Tomáš Klus announced his departure from Český slavík,[5] while Ruppert returned his own award which he received in 2006, accusing the organizers of censorship.[6]

In 2011, Řezník and his colleagues, rappers Pitva (Autopsy) and Hrobka (Tomb) appeared at court, charged with racism and extremism expressed in their song Konečný řešení (Final Solution). The District Court for Prague 5 has dismissed all charges, pointing to constitutional rights such as freedom of expression or artistic expression. Jan Vučka, a Public Prosecutor, stated that "The police [charge] was based on the fact that you cannot make fun of certain things. However, this is not possible in a free country. It must be clear to everyone who listens to more than one of their songs that this is a hyperbole." The court also pointed to similar provocative artworks produced i.e. by creators of Monty Python, Happy Tree Friends, or Itchy and Scratchy. Řezník, Pitva and Hrobka emphasized that the song was meant to be a parodic exaggeration.[1]

On 30 November 2013, a lawyer of the magazine Týden stated in an interview that Řezník's song Ta holka v mým sklepě (The Girl in My Cellar) contains objectionable passages constituting incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.[7] The interview had to be removed from the website of Týden on the next day because of death threats the lawyer received by the rapper's supporters.[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Penetrační chtíč
  • Released: April 1, 2005
  • Label: ZNK
Hyperverzní zážitky z kremační pece
  • Released: June 6, 2006
  • Label: ZNK
Caviar Bukkake Fetus Exitus
  • Released: August 22, 2008
  • Label: ZNK
Vzestup zla
  • Released: December 20, 2010
  • Label: ZNK
Hudba, u Který se Chcípá
  • Released: May 22, 2012
  • Label: ZNK
Bateman + Muzeum Mentálních Kuriozit
  • Released: March 28, 2014
  • Label: ZNK
Říše za zrcadlem
  • Released: April 28, 2016
  • Label: ZNK
Strangulační Rýha
  • Released: October 31, 2017
  • Label: ZNK

Compilations[edit]

Year Album
Dva tucty pukavců
  • Released: December 20, 2010
  • Label: ZNK

Other activities[edit]

Pohl developed, prior to his rapper career, a series of video games Život není krásný (Life isn't beautiful). He planned 14 titles but the series ended after release of the seventh game. Pohl also directed a few film including a film version of Život není krásný and Deprivační staniol.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Zelený, Petr (29 November 2011). "Žalobce připomněl Českou sodu a soud trio ostrých raperů osvobodil". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). iDNES. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Martin Pohl" (in Czech). csfd.cz. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Vedral, Honza (30 November 2013). "ANALÝZA: Raper Řezník znásilnil Slavíka a rozjel hru o budoucnost". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). iDNES. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ruppert vrací Slavíka! Zastal se rappera, který zpívá o znásilňování a mučení dívky ve sklepě" (in Czech). Blesk. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cenzura v Českém slavíkovi: Z ankety se odhlásil Tomáš Klus" (in Czech). denik.cz (originally ČTK). 29 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ruppert vrací Českého slavíka kvůli cenzuře. Žádného nezískal, oponují pořadatelé". Lidové noviny (in Czech). lidovky.cz. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Kolina, Josef (29 November 2013). "Advokátka: Klus je úplně vedle. Raper Řezník je zralý pro policii" (in Czech). Týden. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Jareš, David (1 December 2013). "Raper Řezník zasluhuje trest nejvyšší" (in Czech). Týden. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Martin Pohl". CSFD.cz. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 

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