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Before he re-emerged in 2001 as Caparezza, Italy’s Michele Salvemini was a clean-cut, B-boy-style pop singer named Mikimix. His 1999 full-length, La Mia Buona Stella, created the Italian strike solitary “E La Notte Se Ne Va,” a cut of Europop nearer to Color Me Badd or Enrique Iglesias than anything resembling American hip-hop. Nonetheless it was the liquid design of Dr. Dre protégé Xzibit that Caparezza most carefully resembled on Tutto Cio Che C’E, the 2001 debut of his fresh moniker. Caparezza clarified the variation between previous and present personas with furious raps about personal integrity and music business hypocrisy, painting an image of himself like a pawn who understood he could possibly be ruler. Tutto Cio Che C’E’s kitchen-sink creation drew on components of both Western and East Coastline American hip-hop, in addition to breakbeats, acoustic guitars, piano, and Western influences recommending Salvemini’s Europop previous, albeit with far better beats and basslines. Caparezza continued to contribute raps to likeminded tasks by Loudspeaker Cenzou and DJ Honey.

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