Long before history was made 16 Paris rap cypher show, Malaysian hip hop It has been circulating since the late 1980s, and became popular in the 1990s, as rap music gained more acceptance from the mainstream music industry.
Thanks to leading Malaysian groups such as KRU, 4U2C, NICO, Naughtius Maximus, HQA, and Krash Kozz, a music scene saturated with rock, pop, and ballad has slowly made room for hip-hop, especially in more urban areas, and the growing interest of multicultural Malaysian youth. This era coincided with the golden age of hip hop in the United States and the development of regional styles (such as East Coast, West Coast, Dirty South).
The late 1990s saw the emergence of Too Phat, the legendary duo of Joe Flizo and Malik, whose debut album was in 1999 Whutadilly and its follow-up in 2001, plan b It became a commercial success, with the latter attaining double platinum status in Malaysia. Not to mention, the two have had notable international collaborations, including Long Beach icon Warren G’s “Just a Lil’ Bit” in 2003.
In 2014, Flizzow and protégé SonaOne made history with the song “Apa Khabar”, which became the first hip-hop song to win first prize at Anugerah Juara Lagu, one of the largest annual music competitions in the country.
for HipHopDX AsiaIssue Malaysia’s hip hop history, we have enlisted veteran DJ CZA to curate a dance mix featuring some of the country’s most popular classics.
- Crash Cuz – New Jack The Street Beat (Give It All You Got)
- Nico – Enela Nassibko
- Naughtius Maximus – Here comes the trouble
- Poetic repertoire – Monai Monai
- Too Fat – Boogie Down
- Too Fat – Anaak Ayam
- Too Phat Ft Warren G – Just a small piece
Check out Hip Hop Music History Malaysia (Dance Video) below: