A 90s Swedish hip-hop collective, Tha Brigade comprise Siege, Uppercut, Cymebeline-Scratchcliffer and Capo Boia, who were all born in their native Gothenburg at the turn of the 70s. They actually formed before leaving school, adopting the traditional hip-hop culture of breakdancing and graffiti from as early as 1985. They recorded their debut EP, First Blood - The Evolutionary Promo, on a bedroom-based porta-studio in 1993. Although issued in limited quantities, it did attract the attention of the UK-based rapper Blade, who helped them to secure more widespread distribution. Unlike other Swedish rappers (such as Leila K. and Deep Fried), Tha Brigade offer a hardcore variant of Scandinavian hip-hop, inspired by the west coast gangsta rap of Ice Cube or Cypress Hill.
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