Not only pizza, spaghetti and mandolino – 2

The second or the 3 famous italian artists of hip hop / rap.  ( Here the first )



Caparezza (“Curly Head” in Molfetta’s dialect), pseudonym of Michele Salvemini, born 9 October 1973) is an Italian rapper. Born in Molfetta,Apulia, Caparezza debuted in 1997 at the Sanremo Festival under the name MikiMix.

His second album under the name Caparezza and fourth overall, Verità SupposteSupposed truths (note that in Italian supposte is used both forsupposed and suppository), led him to success in 2003–2004. His fifth album, Habemus Capa (is a pun on the habemus papam statement which is used after pope elections to announce to the people that a new pope has been chosen), is a criticism against society’s contradictions; Salvemini imagines his death and his descent to the Hell, which is eventually our world, describing a dreadful aspect of modern society in every song. It was published in 2006.

In 2008 he released his sixth album, Le dimensioni del mio caos, a concept album involving a time-warped hippie and social commentary regarding modern society. In a mixed review, Allmusicwriter Mariano Prunes called it “ambitious but definitely overreaching”, saying that “its length and unyielding energy can get grating as it goes along”.

On 28 January 2011, he published the first single from the seventh album Il sogno eretico, entitled “Goodbye Malinconia”, featuring Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet. Il sogno eretico (The heretic dream) is a concept album, and the core message is a urge to the people to reject tenets and dogmas, and to use critical thinking while looking at the world around us. The songs includes historical heretic characters like Galileo Galilei, Joan of Arc, Giordano Bruno and Girolamo Savonarola whose stories are linked to topical interests, for the purpose of explaining widely known facts from a different angle. In the song La fine di Gaia Caparezza talks about end of the world prophecies (saying it won’t happen) and various conspiracy theories, while in other songs he talks about religion, politics, people’s misbehaviour and attitude towards power and money.


Caparezza had a summer hit with “Fuori dal tunnel”; however, the singer has always protested against the use of the song in discos and on television, because it is meant to be a denunciation of the de–individualization of entertainment, but the agreement with his music company didn’t allow him to prevent the song being put in commercials or being used in the very same TV broadcastings which the song actually criticized.


Another song on Verità Supposte is “Vengo dalla Luna”, which tells about an alien (Caparezza) knocked down to Earth who is astonished by the intolerance of humanity for a different race and culture. It is a song opposing prejudices toward immigrants.


In Habemus Capa songs include “La mia parte intollerante” which again expresses the marginalization of Caparezza (that song talks about a marginalized 16 year old boy).


In the fourth album, “Eroe” (known also as “Luigi delle Bicocche”) is a story of a mason who is regarded as a hero because he manages to support a family without surrendering to the temptations of loan sharks and draw poker.


“Vieni a ballare in Puglia” talks about the situation in Puglia today; the “Caduti del lavoro”, the forest fires in Gargano and the air pollution in Taranto. This song, like “Fuori dal tunnel”, was misunderstood by the public who considered it a simple praise towards Apulia.


I suggest you to listen also Legalize the premier, Abiura di me, Bonobo Power and all his albums!

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