Popkomm showcase profile: Equicez

Equicez play the Casino on 30 September


Equicez hit the jackpot with their debut album State of Emergency. Few if any other past Nrowegian hip-hop albums have been met with such euphoria among the nation's critics. State of Emergency has been hailed as a masterpiece and milestone in Norwegian hip-hop, and if Equicez' F.EM One and Cast transfer some of the album's captivating energy to their Popkomm live-set, then the audience is in for something special.

One year after the release of ”State of Emergency-Generation Equiz” Cast and F’Em One are looking back on a very successful twelve months. Their album is definitely the most praised hip-hop album ever to be released in Norway, and this naturally puts them among the heavyweight rap artists in Scandinavia. Both ZTV and MTV have been airing two of Equicez’s music videos, “Barsnlig” and “Live from pass it”. The single “barnslig” aired on Norway’s biggest radio station P3 for 16 weeks. At the Norwegian hip hop awards 2004, Equicez collected three prizes; album of the year: “Equicez-State of Emergency”, Song of the year: “Barnslig”, and the award for the best MC went to Cast. Equicez has also been nominated for many awards at Spellemannsprisen (Norways Grammy) and this year they won in the category “Best hip hop”. They also won the well-respected Alarm award for best hip hop album.

Cast and F’Em One are both in progress with each their solo album. These are planned released winter 2005, but this autumn you will be hearing the new singles.

Equicez play the Casino on 30 September.

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