Bosnian and herzegovinan hip hop

Hip hop is quite a new style of music for Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it has nevertheless proven to be very popular. The hip hop scene has coalesced around several major portals on the Internet. The center of hip hop and hip hop culture used to be only Tuzla, primarily thanks to the first radio hip hop show and label called FMJAM and their crew, with the big help of popular rappers Edo Maajka, as well as Frenkie. Today, hip hop is more popular then ever before. Sarajevo and Mostar are two cities that are the most popular ones today, when it comes to new quality releases and hip hop happenings and concerts. Artists like Mayer and crew's like Malter, DoggSound and HighTime, are currently the most popular ones in city of Mostar. While in Sarajevo artists like Buba Corelli, Jala, and crews like Capital City Crew, TSC (Treca Smjena Crew), BluntBylon, G-Recordz belong in the category of the most popular and listened artists and crews in the country's capital city. For the first time in history of Bosnian hip hop culture, you can hear and find new songs and videos on TV, which was almost unheard of back in the 2000s. Media picture of hip hop is growing with BHOP Portal ( being the most updated website when it comes to being the place where you can find everything that is currently happening in Bosnian Hip Hop, and currently it is the most visited internet website that specifically covers the BiH Hip Hop scene. FmJam is the most popular crew and private 'net' label in the country, and their radio is going on strong for more than ten years with DJ Soul as the main DJ. Facebook and YouTube still remain the main tool artists use to develop their fan base, because even though hip hop got more popular in Bosnia, it is still nowhere near the level other popular Bosnian music styles are, when it comes to fans, media coverage and anything else of that sort. The good thing is the scene is constantly growing and getting bigger and better, which means Hip Hop will for sure develop to be one of the more popular genres in the country.

History of Bosnian Hip Hop

In the late 80's, a rapper emerged name "Elvir reper", who never recorded any songs, but did actively engage in rapping and is credited as introducing hip hop material from popular American hip hop acts at that time.[1] Because of the war in Bosnia that started in 1992, hip hop stopped for a while, only to be revived by what has become known as the second wave of hip hop.[2] Artists such as Alaga,Mr.Johnny (Sarajevo) Crni Zvuk, Kwonel and Mc Fudo (Tuzla) emerged with numerous demo songs, played on radios, concerts, and became popular around their town of Tuzla.[3]

Numerous attempts and limited exposure on radio was a problem for this artists until 1999, when dj Soul and Erol created the first Bosnian hip hop station Fmjam.[4][5]

With the help of fmjam, the first songs were produced in a studio.[6] After numerous shows, fmjam helps create the hip hop group Disciplinska Komisija, with the lead rapper Edo Maajka, who would lead the revival movement in Bosnian hip hop.[7]

A little later fmjam establishes themselves enough to be able to create a website, on which a number of demo songs were released on.[8] With these demo songs and the organization that fmjam provided, Bosnian hip hop for the first time had an organization to rely on to have the resources available to provide for future acts and organize concerts and hip hop gatherings for the youth.[9]

Although fmjam played a large role in organizing Bosnian hip hop, it is recognized by the majority of media that Edo Maajka was the artist, with his 2002 debut album, that introduced hip hop to the majority of Bosnia, thus allowing fmjam to continue their work.[10]

Although different, Bosnian and Herzegovian hip hop has also proven itself very popular and successful throughout the United States. With the introduction of the group Slicc & Aone, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Bosnian hip hop made its debut in the United States. The duo gained popularity quickly, which also opened up a new path to oncoming Bosnian-American hip hop artists. Other notable Bosnian hip hop artists throughout the U.S. include MC Aldin,, Admir Efendic, Lanac, Bijeli MC, and B.M.F. Various groups such as 180 Boyz, "Krazy Bosnians" (Yungsta, Silent, MC Deba), and "South Side Bosnians" (LiL M, Mir-Nas, Ludi Stranac) have also proven themselves very popular and successful on the scene.

External links

  • BHOP Portal - BiH Hip Hop Portal (In Bosnian)
  • Bigest Balkans Hip-Hop Community (In Bosnian)
  • Sarajevo Hip-Hop history (In Bosnian)
  • Fmjam's website (In Bosnian)
  • Edo Maajka's official website (In Bosnian)
  • Hip-Hop Tuzla blog (In Bosnian)


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