99 Posse is an Italian hip hop/reggae group from Naples. It raps both in Italian and in the local Naples dialect. Most of 99 Posse's songs deal with political or social issues, and the group members are considered left-wing hardliners. As a showing of their activism, all of the group's albums have been released with a prezzo politico ("political price"): each CD displays a sticker saying "Don't pay more than...". For 99 Posse, this means "putting into practice a specific understanding about their relationship with the market, a sort of ideal practice." The group has gained popularity in Italy through its songs and its voicing of progressive political causes.
|Genres||hip hop, reggae, trip hop|
2009 - ...
|Past members||Luca "'O Zulù" Persico|
Marco "Kaya Pezz8" Messina
Massimo "JRM" Jovine
Claudio "Clark Kent" Marino
Its first album, Curre Curre Guagliò (1993), was mainly influenced by reggae and world music. Subsequent albums, Cerco Tiempo (1996) and Corto Circuito (1998), included new styles like drum 'n bass and trip hop. Curre Curre Guaglio was self-produced, but rose from its underground status to become an iconic album and cultural manifesto that eventually inspired the film Sud by Oscar-winning director Gabriele Salvatores. The group also has its own record label, Novenove, which works to promote underground artists.
- Luca "'O Zulù" Persico - vocals
- Marco "Kaya Pezz8" Messina - sampler and dub master
- Massimo "JRM" Jovine - bass
- Sacha Ricci - keyboard
- Claudio "Clark Kent" Marino - drums
- Maria "Meg" Di Donna - vocals
|Date of release||Title||Studio||Label||Producer||Track listing|
|1993||Curre curre guagliò||Al Flying Recording Studio in Naples||Novenove/BMG||Sergio Messina
|1995||Guai a chi ci tocca||Splash and Flying Records in Naples||IO||
|1996||Cerco tiempo||Flying Records in Naples||IO||Kwanzaa Posse||
|1998||Corto circuito||Transeuropa Recording Studio in Turin||IO||99 Posse e Carlo U. Rossi||
|2000||La vida que vendrá||Folder Studio in Naples||Musica Posse / Self Distribuzione||99 Posse e Carlo U. Rossi||
|2011||Cattivi Guagliuni||Folder Studio in Naples||Musica Posse / Self Distribuzione||99 Posse||
|1994||Incredibile opposizione tour 94|
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