Edin Osmić (born 22 December 1978), better known by his stage name Edo Maajka, is a Bosnian rapper, record producer and songwriter. His popularity brought his group Disciplinska Komisija to the mainstream. He lives in Zagreb, Croatia, with his wife and children.

Edo Maajka
Edo Maajka on the Exit festival in Serbia
Edo Maajka on the Exit festival in Serbia
Background information
Birth nameEdin Osmić
Born (1978-12-22) 22 December 1978 (age 44)
Brčko, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, record producer
Instrument(s)Vocals, synthesizer, keyboards, turntables, drum machine, sampler, drum kit
Years active1992–present
LabelsMenart, Fmjam, Hayat Production

Biography edit

Early life edit

Edin Osmić was born to Bosniak parents Azemina and Fehim, and raised in Brčko (at the time SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia) where he finished elementary school. In 1992, when the Bosnian War started, he left Bosnia and Herzegovina and went to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, where he began attending high mechanical engineering school.[1] After the war, he returned to Bosnia to study criminal law in Tuzla, but never graduated.[1]

He took an interest in hip-hop when he was in high school and began to do rap battling at the age of fifteen. He also recorded a few demo tracks, creating his own instrumentals by beatboxing. He went to Tuzla and became a member of the hardcore rap group Diskord, later named Odbrana (Defence in Bosnian). The group became one of the best in the city of Tuzla and all of Bosnia. Their demo single "Odbrana '99" (Defence '99) was the hit of the year on the "Radio Hit" station in Brčko.[1]

After a year of studying, he left school due to financial problems and returned to Zagreb to meet a friend (from the group Elemental) and recorded his first single "Minimalni rizik" (Minimum Risk) and, a month later, "Mahir i Alma". The songs were top hits on the Zagreb "Radio 101" station's show "Blackout" and the response was enthusiastic. The demo, "Mahir i Alma", became Kameleon's hit of 2001.[2][3]

Career edit

Debut album (2001-04) edit

Osmić announced his debut album with the single Znaš me. He released his debut album, Slušaj mater, in the spring of 2002 under the Menart and Fmjam label. He released two more singles, Jesmo'l sami (Are we alone) at the end of 2002 and Prikaze (Spectres) at the beginning in 2003, which officially closed the album.[4] He was featured by other artists, such as in "Teško je ful biti kul" by Hladno Pivo, "Rat" by Pioniri among others.

Second album (2004-06) edit

In April 2004, he released his second album No Sikiriki. On day one, the album sold 5,000 copies.[5] He toured until the end of the year to promote his second album. In 2005, Osmić toured the US and Canada, visiting cities including Toronto, St. Louis, New York, Atlanta and Detroit, first time a Bosnian hip hop star has toured North America.[6]

Third album (2006-08) edit

Recording of songs for the third studio album Stig'o Ćumur (Coal's Arrived) started in August 2005, and the album was released in March 2006. The first single was "To mora da je ljubav" (It Must Be Love) featuring Remi from Elemental), for which he shot the music video in Sarajevo. He started the promotion of his third album at the end of March, the day his album was released.

In January 2007, Osmić 's single "Bomba" was featured in an episode of the TV series Sleeper Cell.[7] In the summer of 2007, Maajka and his band decided to part, but remained good friends.[8]

Fourth album (2008-12) edit

His fourth album was released on 25 March 2008. The album's name was changed from Sjeti Se to Idemo Dalje. In December 2008 the album received the name Balkansko a naše. At the beginning of June he announced that he created a new band called TRNOKOP and the band premiered at the Rokajfest.[9]

At the end of 2008, "Balkansko a Nase" came at number 36 of the year's top albums.[10]

In June 2010, he released his best off album Spomen ploča 2002-2009, but he redid the album with his newly formed band, where they would use band instruments as the music and softer vocals.[11]

Osmić was also featured as a judge and performer in the first Red Bull MC Battle that was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia on 23 April 2010. The next year, he was the host for the Bosnian Red Bull MC Battle 2011.[12]

Fifth album (2012-18) edit

Osmić's fifth studio album, Štrajk mozga, was released in April 2012.[13][14] The first single was Imaš li ti šta para, followed by the first music video and second single Panika, released on 26 December 2011.[15] The third single was Džigera beat, followed by the fourth single and second music video "Facebook", released on 19 November 2012. The director Filip Filkovic Philatz, who directed both music videos, described the video being a sequel to "Panika" because it is set in the same universe, and is second part of the music video trilogy from the "Štrajk Mozga" album.[16]

Artistry edit

Influences and rapping technique edit

Osmić has named several artists that have influenced him, including Rambo Amadeus, TBF, Safet Isović, Miladin Šobić, Azra, Zabranjeno Pušenje, Disciplina Kičme, Atomsko Sklonište, Majke, Rupa u Zidu among others.[17]

His rapping technique is described as having a perfect flow,[18] also his varied subject matter, connecting with his audience, carrying a concept over a series of albums and got most praised for his ability to write brilliant lyrics.[18]

His lyrics have also been described as a variation in connecting emotionally to the viewer. As Anur Hadžiomerspahić says "once you start listening to a Edo Maajka song, when you first start listening it hits you, gives you goosebumps and grabs you by the throat, then the very next verse makes you laugh".[19]

Alter ego edit

Osmić has an alter ego or pseudonym that he names MC Berbo.[20] He is described as a man who loves drugs, alcohol, fast and expensive cars, women and pop music.[20] Osmić stated that the character of Berbo is the complete opposite of himself and that it is more of a joke than taken seriously.[21]

Themes and lyrical content edit

Osmić started his career with storytelling songs with the demo songs of "Minimalni rizik" (small risk) and the storytelling/love songs "Mahir i Alma". He is known for his brilliant storytelling ability.[1][18][22]

Personal life edit

Business ventures edit

In September 2006, Osmić opened up a cafe bar called "No sikiriki", named after his second album.[23] Along with beverages, the cafe also serves his favorite food, ćevapi.[24]

Along with the cafe bar, he also plans to publish a weekly magazine which will only focus on positive things that are happening in everyday life and the music scene.[25]

Legal issues edit

Osmić released his first single and music video for his third album, named To mora da je ljubav, before his album came out, in which his producer Koolade used the song "Cissy Strut" from 1969 by The Meters. Some media outlets[who?] have criticized him for plagiarizing the music in the song. Osmić answered back by saying "Sampling is not stealing. In hip hop you sample music, you take someones beat and rap on that beat. My album was postponed 1 week just because of that reason, while we waited for the authorization to use that song. The fact is that sometimes this waiting for authorization can be as long as one year, we redid the beat a little, gave credit to the author and not on us. You can see that the credit goes to the author on the inside cover of the album. Hip hop is made up of sampling, that is normal. On this particular track, Koolade is not named as the beat maker, but the author is.[26] Remi, who is featured on the song, also gave a comment on the issue, saying that "That is not stealing, we are dealing with sampling of a already made song. You take one part of a song and combine it with your text. People who are not in hip hop don't usually know that this is a practice in this type of music.[26]

Sports Hall Incident edit

Osmić held a concert in the Sports Hall (Dom sportova) in 2005. The sponsor for the concert was T-mobile Croatia. Osmić held a press conference before the concert where he criticized his sponsors for the firing of workers after they changed their "brand".[26] He also explained his decision to work with a telecommunications monopoly by saying that he wanted his ticket for his concert to be 45 kuna or less.[26] He added "you can only do that with a compromise, no one is criticizing Hladno Pivo that they sold out because their sponsor for the tour was Ozujsko beer, whose owners are also foreigners".[26]

Concert in Serbia controversy edit

Bassivity (music label that released Osmić's album in Serbia) promoted Osmić's concert, which he was unaware of. When Osmić was asked about this in an interview for Svet magazine, he replied "I don't know where this idea that I will promote my album in Belgrade came from? "Bassivity" did that promotion on their own. I don't plan to go to Serbia, at least in the coming months. I don't want to go to a country that promotes the burning of mosques, and yet thousands of young people are howling on the streets. If I come to Serbia for an album promotion, which I promised to do, I am sure that it will not be for a while."[27] Svet also tried to bring some of Osmić mistakes from the past to light, in which they stated that he was supposed to have concert with Mile Kitić, but they never revealed the source for that.[27] In the same interview, Svet made some untrue and false accusations against Osmić and his family, saying that his brother and sister "live from black marketing in Northern Bosnia" and that his close family live of pirate sales from his own albums.[27]

UNICEF's Education Action in Bosnia edit

Osmić was one of three artists that was featured in UNICEF's education program in Bosnia against HIV/AIDS.[28]

Refusal to air music video edit

At the end of November 2005, a month after Osmić premiered his video for the single Mater Vam Jebem on MTV Adria, HTV and Nova TV refused to air that video spot based on the name of the song and some theorized because the song's lyrics were critical of the countries leaders and the media.[29]

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

Compilation albums edit

Singles edit

Filmography edit

Documentaries edit

Several documentaries were made on Osmić's life and career. Croatian Radiotelevision's documentary Edo Maajka - Sevdah o Rodama premiered 27 July 2007 at the Motovun Film Festival.

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Trajno Nastanjeni Stranac Himself
2007 Edo Maajka - Sevdah o Rodama Himself

Movies edit

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bore Lee: Čuvaj se Sinjske Ruke Himself

Animated edit

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Brother Bear Tuke voice (in Bosnian)
2005 Chicken Little Mayor Turkey Lurkey voice (in Bosnian)
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Sid voice (in Bosnian/Croatian)
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Sid voice (in Bosnian/Croatian)
2010 Animals United voice (in Bosnian)
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Sid voice (in Bosnian/Croatian)
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course Sid voice (in Bosnian/Croatian)

Awards edit

Davorin/Indexi Awards

Year Nominated works Award Result
2003 Edo Maajka Urban artist of the year Won
2003 Slušaj mater Album of the year Won
2003 Edo Maajka New sound Won
2003 Znaš me Video of the year Won
2003 Slušaj mater - Edo Maajka and Dash Best international collaboration Nominated
2004 Teško je ful biti kul Best collaboration - Edo Maajka and Hladno pivo Won
2005 Edo Maajka Urban artist of the year Won
2005 No sikiriki Album of the year Won
2005 No sikiriki Urban song of the year Won
2005 No sikiriki Song of the year (in all categories) Won
2006 Hajmo rušit Best song together - Edo Maajka, Frenkie and Hza Won
2007 Stig'o Ćumur Album of the year Won
2007 Bomba Song of the year Won
2009 Balkansko a naše Hip hop album of the year Won
2011 Spomen ploča 2002-2009 Hip hop album of the year Won

Porin Awards

Year Nominated works Award Result
2003 Edo Maajka New artist Won
2003 Slušaj mater Album of the year Nominated
2003 Slušaj mater Best urban album Nominated
2004 Edo Maajka and Hladno pivo - "Teško je ful biti kul" Best vocal featuring Won
2005 No sikiriki Best urban album Won
2005 Pržiiiii Video of the year Won
2005 No sikiriki Album of the year Nominated
2005 No sikiriki Song of the year Nominated
2007 Stig'o Ćumur Best urban album Nominated
2009 Balkansko a naše Best urban album Nominated
2011 Spomen ploča Best urban album Nominated
2013 Štrajk mozga Best urban album Nominated
2013 Edo Maajka and Arsen Dedić - "Šta će reć" Best vocal featuring Nominated
2019 Put u plus Best urban album Nominated

Zlatna Koogla Awards

Year Nominated works Award Result
2004 Edo Maajka and Lexaurini Concerts held during the year Won
2004 Prikaze Best video of the year Nominated
2005 Edo Maajka Artist of the year Won
2005 Pržiiiii Best video of the year Won
2005 www.edomaajka.com Best website Won
2005 Edo Maajka Golden DOP of the year (Artist accepting of criticism) Won
2007 Edo Maajka Artist of the year Won
2007 Stig'o Ćumur Album of the year Won
2007 Edo Maajka Concerts held during the year Won
2007 Stig'o Ćumur Design and imaging of an album Won
2007 Edo Maajka People's choice Won
2007 Stig'o Ćumur Album of the year Won
2007 Edo Maajka Golden DOP of the year (Artist accepting of criticism) Won
2009 Balkansko a naše / design by Communis/Ideologija Album cover of the year Won
2009 Edo Maajka Artist of the year Nominated

Crni Mačak Awards

Year Nominated works Award Result
2003 Edo Maajka Debut artist of the year Won
2003 Znaš me Single of the year Won
2003 Slušaj mater Album of the year Nominated
2003 Edo Maajka Urban artist of the year Nominated
Year Award Category Result
2006 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Adriatic Act Nominated
2010 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Adriatic Act Nominated

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d Documentary film "Edo Maajka - Sevdah o rodama"; screenwriter and director: Silvio Mirošničenko, Croatia, 2007
  2. ^ Edo Maajka (17 September 2011). "Biography". edomaajka.com.
  3. ^ Fmjam (17 September 2011). "Edo Maajka". Fmjam.com.
  4. ^ Krešimir Blažević (10 May 2004). ""No sikiriki" su osvojili..." Muzika.hr. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  5. ^ Index (5 May 2004). "No sikiriki on day one sold 5000 copies". Index.
  6. ^ Edo Maajka (7 January 2005). "EDO MAAJKA USKORO KRSTARI AMERIKOM". edomaajka.com.
  7. ^ Edo Maajka (1 January 2007). "Edo Maajka i njegova "BOMBA" eksplodirali u američkom serijalu "Sleeper Cell"". edomaajka.com.
  8. ^ Edo Maajka (7 July 2007). "Nema više Leksaurina..." edomaajka.com.
  9. ^ Edo Maajka (25 June 2008). "TRNOKOP - Edin novi bend premijerno na ROKAJ FESTU !". edomaajka.com.
  10. ^ HDU Toplist (6 January 2012). "GODIŠNJA TOP LISTA KOMBINIRANIH ZA 2008". hdu-toplist.com.
  11. ^ T-portal (June 2010). "Edo Maajka predstavlja best of album 'Spomen ploča'". tportal.hr.
  12. ^ T-portal (24 April 2010). "RED BULL MC BATTLE". redbull.ba.
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  21. ^ Edo Maajka (22 September 2011). "MTV Adria Act - Edo Maajka". mtv.com.hr.
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  24. ^ Portal Jutarnji.hr (17 September 2006). "Edo Maajka otvorio kafić No sikiriki". Jutarnji list. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
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  27. ^ a b c Mean25 (23 May 2005). "I don't want to promote my album in where they burn mosques". Index.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  28. ^ Index (5 December 2003). "Edo Maajkla against AIDS". Index.
  29. ^ Edo Maajka's publicist (21 November 2005). "EDO se nece emitirati na HTV-u i NOVOJ TV". edomaajka.com.

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