Long before the writing of history 16 Baris rap cypher show, Malaysian Hip Hop has been around since the late 1980s, becoming popular in the 1990s as rap music gained more acceptance from the mainstream music industry.
Thanks to pioneering Malaysian groups such as KRU, 4U2C, NICO, Naughtius Maximus, HQA and Krash Kozz, the then rock, pop and ballad-saturated music landscape had slowly given way to hip-hop, especially in more urbanized areas, and the growing interest of the multicultural Malaysians young. This era coincided with the golden age of hip-hop in the United States and the development of regional styles (e.g. East Coast, West Coast, and Dirty South).
In the late 1990s, Too Phat, the legendary duo of Joe Flizzo and Malique, whose 1999 debut album Whutadilly and its follow-up in 2001, Plan B became a commercial success, with the latter achieving double platinum status in Malaysia. Not to mention, the two had notable international collaborations, including Long Beach icon Warren G for “Just a Lil’ Bit” in 2003.
In 2014, Flizzow and his protégé SonaOne made history with “Apa Khabar”, which went on to become the first hip-hop track to win the top prize at the Anugerah Juara Lagu, one of the country’s biggest annual music competitions.
To HipHopDX Asia‘s hip-hop music history edition in Malaysia, we enlisted veteran DJ CZA to curate a dance mix featuring some of the country’s most iconic classics.
- Krash Kozz – New Jack The Street Beat (Give It All You Got)
- Nico – Inilah Nasibku
- Naughtius Maximus – Here Comes Trouble
- Poetic ammunition – Monay Monay
- Too Phat – Boogie Down
- Too Phat – Anak Ayam
- Too Phat Ft Warren G – Just A Little Bit
Check out Hip Hop Music History Malaysia (Dance Video) below: