Slovenian hip hop
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According to some accounts, the roots of Slovenian hip hop can be traced back to 1978, but all rappers from that time were forgotten or disappeared. What remains of this early history is preserved in little-circulated album releases. The mid-1980s were marked as the breakthrough of rap music in Slovenia. Hip hop dancing in Slovenia is sometimes called "Čefur" dance (derogatory term for southerner Slavic people; see kafir). Ali-En released the first rap album, that immediately became a classic, in 1994.
In 1997, rap duo Dandrough released Ko pride Bog ('when God comes'). The next few years there was a small hole in the hip hop scene, with only a couple of albums released up until 2000. Hip hop culture was heavily popularized by Slovenian Olympic champion skier Jure Košir, who also released an album Kartelova teorija (eng: Cartel Theory) with his crew Pasji Kartel (eng: Dog Cartel) in 1998. Klemen Klemen released one of the most influential mainstream Slovenian hip hop albumsTrnow Stajl (eng: Trnovo Style) on Menart Records. At about the same time, Radyoyo: Za narodov Blagor - 5'00" of fame, the first compilation of Slovenian hip hop music was released, including various new and unknown rappers on the scene.
In 2001, the first Slovenian freestyle rap championship was organized, launching rapper 6pack Čakur, who placed 2nd, into the mainstream. The competition became a tradition and has been held every second year since then. The next year rap duo Murat & Jose released V besedi je moč, which became one of the most successful rap albums in Slovenia and Southern Europe. The following year's freestyle championship spawned 2 champions -- Trkaj, an alternative rapper and N'toko-- who both went on to release albums through Nika Records.
The most productive years for Slovenian hip hop were 2004–2006, spawning more albums than all years before that together. Though the quality oscillated from album to album, mostly because of the unofficial releases—noting that the demo scene produced better tracks. New names included Eyeceeou and Mrigo (who released via their newly founded indie labels); gangsta rapper mc_DM from Maribor, one of the founders of Slovenian gangsta rap; Ali En; Ezy-G; Tekochee kru; Dandrough. There are also many rap/street crews in Slovenia with many followers and street credibility like Badale... As of 2009, popular Slovenian rappers include Doša, Ballau, Bmd, Amo, Bobi Vejn, Trkaj, N'toko, Zlatan Čordič, Kosta, Emkej, Paj.
Rhyme G released a classic in 2007 titled "Rhymes and Bosnians" (title represents his life and street attitude in slums of Celje). Denile became a big hit with his street mixtapes and his song Sam za pikico was one of the first Slovene hip hop tracks adopting the Dirty South style of popular rappers from the American South. In 2009, a rapper named Šunka (eng: Ham) released "Hip hop Kugla" (eng: Hip Hop Ball). Hip hop culture has been further popularized by artists like Samo Boris, Valterap, N'toko
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- RWC Forum - The Slovenian Battle Rap Forum
- Slovenski Hip Hop Forum
- Ali En official site
- SLO Hip Hop artists