Hit Dangerous is the stage name of Amul Liipatari, a Goytakanyan-Karolian rapper and hip-hop producer. He is credited as being one of the most influential, and also controversial, artists working in the genre.
Liipatari was born to Goytakanian parents who had emigrated to Karolia in 1979 and became naturalised citizens, changing their name and settling in the Miie area of east Säntjana. The area is one of the poorer suburbs and although violent crime is low in Karolia, Liipatari saw first-hand the social deprivation of the area at the time. He denies working for the drugs trade himself but stated in an interview 'nearly all the boys were at it one time or another...running packages for a couple hundred koro, no murders I seen but once you in there's no easy way out of it. So for me music was the way out'. Liipatari was held by police in 2004 in connection with an alleged assault, but was released without charge. He is now married to the singer [name].
The 1997 album and title single "Gangko Gangko" announced Dangerous' explosion onto the musical scene and is now regarded as the birth of Karolian rap. The song, which describes the Ardispherican Gangko gang culture, was highly controversial, with explicit lyrics and frequent references to guns, gang murders, street violence and also the drugs and prostitution rings:
**** with me, I'll burn you, I got a whole arsenal, You seen my weapons now you know that it's personal Cos I'm the ***** ***** who's got a quick draw, If I roll up in your hood you gonna know the score
Ganko! Ganko! That's what I am! I'm the ****** ***** who's da master man!
Dangerous' choice to rap in Inglish was controversial for some who claim that he abandoned both his immigrant background and his adopted country in order to make the album more commercially attractive. However Dangerous says that the language fitted the subject best and he was basing his style on the Inglish-speaking rappers already active in the genre.
The song was banned in several countries including Belphenia and Freedemia (which according to some accounts, simply raised its profile and led to pirate copies being smuggled in). Even in liberal Karolia, the song ended up being debated in parliament and led to a brief media frenzy on the influence it might have on young people. The mainstream press, which were largely uninterested in street and underground music up to this point, were mostly divided between condemnation of the corrupting effects and glorification of violence in the song, dismissing it as simply the ridiculous braggadocio of a nobody from the communal blocks trying to shock, or else trying to understand the relevance of a largely fantasy description of a violent lifestyle from a country hundreds of kilometres away. "The deafening electronic drum loop - which sounds more like a salvo punches and gunshots - immediately sets up the level of aggression" wrote one critic. "The lyrics, spat out, quickly check off the six most offensive swearwords in Inglish and Karolian before so-called 'Dangerous' sets out a depressing catalogue of variously hosing down rival gang members (a machine-gun sound effect is included in case we miss the point); announcing his view of women as either cash machines or sex toys and and burning banknotes in front of the homeless. Actually, I might have confused that last one with the Meridonian stockbrokers' party I was at last week." A few reviewers did applaud Dangerous for trying to highlight social issues that had been ignored by the authorities.
Dangerous himself later said "Really, we had no idea people would react this way. There were plenty of guys rapping this way before me and all of them, 'specially the Ardies, were just talking about the real life they seen."
The track features a sample of an uncredited drum loop and synth playing by Dangerous himself, and was produced by fellow emerging hip-hop artist Bizzy Boy. The album actually sold only moderately well (plenty of copies were pirated, and it received little radioplay) but it launched Hit Dangerous' career. Youth fashions and culture were quickly influenced by the video during this year.
"Back on da streetz"
This was an EP released in 1999, with similar themes to Ganko Ganko. The notoriety of the first album propelled sales of this record.
Dangerous' second album of 2002 met a mixed reception. It was a step away from the violence and provocation of Ganko Ganko, and featured more lyrical content, with several tracks featuring guest females vocalists. The production was also perceived as more complex, with various live and synthesized instruments.
After a break from recording to focus on producing for other artists, and launching his protegees, Dangerous returned with an album in 2008 which was markedly political. It dealt with themes of integration, apathy towards migrants and other issues.