Bad Copy are a popular hip-hop group from Belgrade, Serbia known for their humorous lyrics and slang. The members are Ajs Nigrutin (stage name of Vladan Aksentijević), Timjah (Rašid Kurtanović) and Wikluh Sky (Đorđe Miljenović). They have released several albums as a group and as solo artists and helped the popularisation of hip hop music in Serbia and Ex-Yugoslavia in the new millennium.
The group started off as a duo consisting of Ajs Nigrutin and Miki Boj
(Milan Šaponja). Their first album Orbod mebej
, released by ITMM in 1996, mostly contained comical songs rapped over instrumentals from popular American rap acts such as Method Man
and Naughty By Nature
. The standout track was Zabaci domaćine
, which turned Coolio
's Gangsta's Paradise
into a song about a fishing trip gone wrong. The album failed to get much media attention, but it established them a cult following.
The death of Miki Boj in an accident in Kosovo in 1999 resulted in a hiatus that lasted a few years. The group was then comprised of Ajs Nigrutin and Timjah, with Wikluh Sky joining later. Songs recorded in that period showed major improvement over their early efforts, developing their rapping skills drastically while still keeping trademark irreverent lyrics. They joined forces with Oneya, then an up-and-coming beatmaker who was working on starting the first Serbian hip-hop label, Bassivity. They had a very prolific collaboration, recording lots of songs but none of them ever getting released. By the end of 2002, dissatisfied with initially agreed schedule of their album being released only after V.I.P., Oneya and Shorty even though they weren't the first ones with a fully recorded album, they wanted to end their contract with Bassivity. Eventually they were dropped with no penalties by the label. Many of the recorded songs were later leaked to the internet, while almost none were released on other Bassivity projects.
Sve sami hedovi
Recording all-new material in a radio station studio during the first half of 2003, the group released their second album Sve sami hedovi
for the One Records
label. The album had a specific lo-fi
sound as a result of being recorded and mastered in less-than-perfect ghetto conditions, but it was a huge hit for a short time on the strength of the first single, Uno Due Tre
, produced by Ajs Nigrutin, with the complete song lyrics consisting of unconnected Italian
words and phrases (some copied off of shampoo labels and clothing tags), and with a very low budget video recorded in the old town of Budva
), by Đolođolo
of Beogradski sindikat
. The second single Možeš ti to
, also produced by Wikluh Sky and also with a video by Đolođolo, was moderately successful. Sve sami hedovi
sold more than 5000 copies, which is considered a moderate success in the current state of music in Serbia and Montenegro
and Bassivity Music
as a head-to-head competition. Thematically, the album contained an abundance of food-related lyrics (a trend they would maintain in subsequent projects), most prominently in the song Sarma spremna
(Sarma is done
). A particularly memorable performance of this song could be seen at their biggest concert to date, the 2003 show at the SKC
), where they carried a table and a pot of Sarma onto the stage, ate it in front of the audience and handed it out to the front rows.
Najgori do sada
The third Bad Copy album, entitled Najgori do sada
(The Worst Yet
), was released in December 2006. Guests on the album include Škabo, Bvana, Edo Maajka, and Gospodar Vremena
. The first song to get a video is "Žoor," directed by Đolođolo.The second single is "Idemo odma," also directed by Đolođolo.
All three members of the group have recorded solo albums, with Timjah's being the only one not getting a release due to an early leak to the internet.
Ajs Nigrutin has released two albums, Nigrutinski rečeno-Štrokavi Mozak in 2002 and Štrokavi pazuh in 2005.
Wikluh Sky is the most productive member, constantly working on multiple projects, many of them outside of hip-hop, but seldom releasing them. Among his works are one reggae album with the group Shappa (with Coyote of the band Eyesburn); a punk album with the band Jogurt; a rock opera called Zagađenje u Japanu (A Pollution in Japan) about a transvestite turbo-folk star, written for the EXIT festival in 2005; a solo rap albums called Zašto brate Vikler? (2004) and Ortaci ne znaju (2007).
Ajs Nigrutin and Timjah have released a compilation of songs under the name 43zla - Sve same barabe in 2004, with a list of guests including their young proteges Blind Business and Kibu, long-time collaborators Prti Bee Gee and Bvana, and others such as Who See. Most recently, Ajs Nigrutin and Wikluh Sky serious argue lead to group break-up. Now, only Ajs Nigrutin and Timjah Da Sensei are members of Bad Copy. Ajs Nigutin accused Wilkuh Sky for his soft music turn-over, like working on some popular pop singers (Ana Stanic) and his unsatisfied dedication to group (they recently start to work on their new album).
Members of Bad Copy have also done songs with many other Balkan hip-hop artists, among which are Marčelo, V.I.P. (and other Bassivity artists), Beogradski sindikat, Edo Maajka, Bauk Squad etc.