Written by Luke Alex Davis 11:10 pm Hip Hop

European Hip Hop Tour #13: Czech Republic

We hit up the Czech Republic for the next stop on our European Hip Hop Tour. Country: Czech Republic Population: (as of 2011 census) 10,562,214 Capital: Prague Currency: Czech koruna (CZK) Old places of interest Again, much like with Ukrainian hip hop, there isn’t much of a “history” to show since the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Influential group …

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We hit up the Czech Republic for the next stop on our European Hip Hop Tour.

Country: Czech Republic

Population: (as of 2011 census) 10,562,214

Capital: Prague

Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)

Old places of interest

Again, much like with Ukrainian hip hop, there isn’t much of a “history” to show since the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Influential group Choazz were formed in 1993 with their debut …a nastal chaos coming out two years later. Naše Věc came a few years later with three demos before releasing their debut in 2001. The group have since split up but the members are enjoying their own respective solo careers.

Current places of interest

Fortunately, we do have information on the current hip hop climate in the Czech Republic. Chaozz are still going and Řezník, Prago Union, Boy Wonder, larie1, DJ Fatte are all enjoying great success, particularly Prago Union who were made up of two former members of Chaozz (MC Kato – then known as Deph – and DJ Skulpa, later replaced by DJ Maro in 2008).

For an extended list of Czech (and Slovak) hip hop acts, have a look here.

Prospects for growth

If you like Linkin Park, perhaps you’d consider taking a look at MAAT. While they might not be quite as nu metal-y as the Americans, there are definitely some elements of that sound in there. Or maybe some FNTM? DJ Fatte? Needless to say, the future (and underground, if you look below) is looking very bright for the Czechs.

If you have a chance to go underground…

Look out for Paulie Garand, MC Gey, Evidence, Rest, Ryes, Dubas, Whizzer Dee & Challif, Magič and Inphy. All on Bandcamp.

In this fast paced era of music, if they were a car, they’d be…

A Skoda. Made in the Czech Republic and known for their cake cars and meanness under the bonnet, they know how to create an image that goes well with what they’re selling. Czech the rhyme! *ahem*