Cartel (hip hop album)

Cartel is a German hip hop album released in 1995 featuring various artists of Turkish descent. The compilation contains five tracks by Nuremberg artist Karakan, three songs from the Kiel group Da Crime Posse, three songs by Erci E. from West Berlin and a communal recording by all of the artists entitled Cartel.

Studio album by
GenreHip hop
LabelMercury Records
ProducerOzan Sinan
Cartel chronology
Bugünkü Neşen Cartel'den

Spyce Records facilitated the recording of this album under the supervision of their manager Ozan Sinan. Cartel was initially released by Mercury/Polygram, and by RAKS/Polygram in Turkey. The Turkish market consumed over 300,000 copies, providing for widespread notoriety for each of the contributing artists. The German-Turkish community also received the album enthusiastically, although only 20,000 copies were sold within Germany.

The album cover is a blatant allusion to the Turkish flag in that the "c" is manifested by the crescent of Islam. Album manager Oznan Sinan justifies this symbolism by stating that "Our target-group are the Turks not the German society". Similarly, the beats were enriched with samples from Turkish folk music and attempted to unify an ethnic minority within Germany.[1][2]

Track listingEdit

1."Cartel"Abdurrahman İnce, Ahmet Ölmez İşçitürk, Ali Aksoy, Alper Tunga Köksal, Erci Ergün, Kerim Yüzer, Miguel Perelló, Ole Peter JeßCartel4:06
2."Çek Bir Fırt"Ahmet Ölmez İşçitürk, Alper Tunga Köksal, Kerim YüzerKarakan4:21
3."Party"Erci ErgünErci E4:11
4."Hani Bana Para"Ahmet Ölmez İşçitürk, Alper Tunga Köksal, Kerim YüzerKarakan4:47
5."Yetmedi mi?"Abdurrahman İnce, Ali AksoyDa Crime Posse7:34
6."Evdeki Ses"Ahmet Ölmez İşçitürk, Alper Tunga Köksal, Kerim YüzerKarakan2:48
7."Sen Türksün"Erci ErgünErci E3:45
8."Araba Yok"Ahmet Ölmez İşçitürk, Alper Tunga Köksal, Kerim YüzerKarakan4:16
9."Posse Attack"Abdurrahman İnce, Ali Aksoy, Miguel Perelló, Ole Peter JeßDa Crime Posse4:50
10."Kankardeşler"Ahmet Ölmez İşçitürk, Alper Tunga Köksal, Kerim YüzerKarakan3:52
11."Televizyon"Erci ErgünErci E3:56
12."Der Weg den du gehst"Ali Aksoy, Ole Peter JeßDa Crime Posse5:10


  1. ^ Elflein, Dietmar; "From Krauts with Attitudes to Turks with Attitudes: Some Aspects of Hip-Hop History in Germany". Popular Music, Vol 17, No. 3. (Oct., 1998). pp.255-265.
  2. ^ Cinar, Alev. "Cartel: Travels of German-Turkish Rap Music." Middle East Report. 1999