Monday, January 18, 2010
For everyone who missed their one U.S. album Jinx in 2002 (and that means most of you), Quarashi was a rap/rock group from Reykjavík, Iceland; with a style varying from a Paul's Boutique-era Beastie Boys to Rage Against The Machine. Unfortunately for them, 2002 was the year the U.S. (and pretty much everywhere else in the world) had grown tired of Limp Bizkit and any other band who was milking the hip-hop/metal bandwagon. Sadly, Quarashi weren't posers, they had been dropping rhymes since 1996 in their home country but were just too little too late. With Columbia Records dropping them like cold hákarl, Quarashi crawled back to the land of Bjork (i.e. obscurity) and lead singer/rapper Hössi Ólafsson bailed on the band. In comes replacement rapper Tiny, an Eminem-sounding thug who revitalized the crew enough to record Guerilla Disco (2005) - an awesome album bafflingly released in only Iceland and Japan. Definitely more hip-hop then previous Quarashi material - the U.S. really missed out on this one so here it is. The band broke up in 2006 but Quarashi has since put out a comprehensive blog with ALL of their material available to download.... nice!