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Lasse Mellberg (born 2 October 1977), better known by his stage name Redrama, is a Finnish rapper. He made a breakthrough in 2003. Redrama, who performs primarily in English, but also in Swedish and Finnish was part of a hip-hop group Alien Allies which also included the Norwegian Paperboys and Madcon. Redrama won the English-language Finnish championship of rapping in 2001 and he also won the Finnish Grammy (Emma) award for The Best Hip Hop Album in 2005.
|Birth name||Lasse Mellberg|
|Also known as||Redrama|
|Born||2 October 1977|
|Associated acts||Alien Allies, Conscious Youth, GG Caravan|
His first EP, Redrama EP, was released in 2001. The EP included seven tracks and it was released by Incredible Productions. In 2002, Redrama signed a recording contract with Virgin UK and his debut album, Everyday Soundtrack, was released in 2003. His second studio album, Street Music, was released two years later.
In 2005, Redrama won an EBBA Award. European Border Breakers Awards is presented annually to ten emerging artists or groups who have reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year.
After winning the European Border Breakers Award, Redrama joined Gang Starr as a supporting artist on their European Tour. In 2007, Redrama recorded his first duet with another popular Finnish hip hop artist, Paleface. The single "Still In Charge" reached number 4 on the Finnish Single Charts and was the start to the collaboration between these two most successful English-speaking rappers in Finland. In 2008 and 2009, the collaboration expanded when Redrama and Paleface were joined by a reggae musician and singer CapeNape and a Swedish hip hop artist Promoe of Looptroop Rockers. The four rappers toured around Finland under the name Conscious Youth. The group released one album in Finland.
After a short stint as a Rähinä Records artist Redrama established his own production company and label called Non-Genre.
In 2012, the news spread that Redrama was working in Amsterdam together with A.J. McLean of Backstreet Boys. New single release, "Clouds", featuring A.J. McLean, was released in May 2013. Despite the lack of large marketing campaigns, the news about the single were reported widely all over the world mainly through the Backstreet Boys fan websites and blogs. "Clouds" was the first single release for Redrama's studio album Reflection.
Redrama is bilingual and grew up in a Finnish-Swedish family.
He follows a straight edge lifestyle and has been sober since 2010.
|2003||Everyday Soundtrack||8||Track list
|2005||Street Music||13||Track list
|2009||The Getaway||23||Track list
- 2011: Cabin Fever Diaries Vol. 1
|2003||"If You with That"||–||Everyday Soundtrack|
|"Hang It Up"||1|
|2005||"Street Music"||6||Street Music|
|2013||"Clouds" (feat. A. J. McLean)||4|
|2014||"Let Go" (feat. Kristinia DeBarge)||3|
- 2005: "Rest of Your Life"
- 2005: "Don't Know What to Tell You"
- 2009: "Music"
- 2009: "Du"
- 2011: "Sail On"
- 2011: "F.R.E.E."
- 2011: "Måndag till söndag" (with Jesse P)
- 2012: "Gottabe"
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