Fabri Fibra

Never quite fitting in among his peers, Fabrizio Tarducci finally found his niche in hip-hop, a genre that began developing seriously in Italy in the early '90s with the emergence of groups like Sangue Misto, 99 Posse, Articolo 31, and Gemelli Diversi. Tarducci, who rapped under the name Fabri Fibra, released a series of albums in the late '90s with a variety of different artists, including his own group Uomini del Mare, DJ Lato, and his brother Nesly Rice. After some encouragement from former hard rocker turned rapper (and later pop singer) Neffa, Fabri Fibra worked on creating his debut solo album, Turbe Giovanili, which came out in 2002. Despite the fact that he was happy with the results, he decided he needed to take a break from music and left for England, though he soon changed his mind and returned to Italy, where he issued his second record, Mr. Simpatia, in 2004, after which he broke from his label, Vibra Records, and signed with Universal Music Italia.

In 2006, his major-label debut, Tradimento (which means "Betrayal") came out, and immediately found its way onto the Italian charts, despite some criticism for its lyrics. Bugiardo, released in 2008, featured one of the biggest Italian hits of the summer, "In Italia," featuring singer Gianna Nannini. Controcultura appeared in 2010, and soon became one of his biggest hits, selling double-platinum due to the success of its singles "Vip in Trip," "Tranne Te," and "Qualcuno Normale."

Three years passed before the release of Fabri Fibra's next proper album, although he did spend time forming a side project called Rapstar with Clementino and recording the album Non è Gratis for a 2012 release. Guerra e Pace finally appeared in early 2013, and quickly reached number one, staying in the charts for the entire year. It was notable for its many American producers, including Organized Noize, Lee Major, Dot da Genius, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and Fyre Dept. ~ Marisa Brown

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