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Italian hip hop

Italian rap started in the early nineties. One of the earliest crews was Milan's Articolo 31, then and still today produced by Franco Goddi who wrote the soundtrack to the animated TV series "Signor Rossi" in the 1970s.

They started out as a mainly East Coast inspired rap duo, but changed to a more commercial style during their career, now definitely closed. Other important crews and rappers include Bologna's Camelz in Effect[?] with their unforgettable early hit "Slega la Lega", Sangue Misto SXM[?], Jovanotti[?] who is also a cantautore[?] and even though he raps not part of hip hop culture, the political band 99 Posse[?] from Rome who also are influenced from trip hop world music, Gangster rap-influenced Sa Razza[?] from Sardinia. Also influenced by Gangster rap are Sottotono[?] from Varese and La Fossa[?] from Sardinia.

There are also some crews rapping in the local idioms, e.g. La Famiglia[?] (produced by Franco Godi) in napoletano, 99 Posse (partly) in romano, Sa Razza (partly) in Sardinian.

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