Another important persona on the scene was Robert Kamasa and his rock/metal shows in big radio stations. He helped kids know better whats going on around the world at a time where internet or international magazines didn't exist at all at the island. Tapes with his shows you can find in each and every collection of metalheads of that era.
Winter's Verge is one of the few Cypriot bands to ever sign a contract with an international label. In September 2007 the band moved into the Prophecy and Music Factory Studios in Kempten in southern Germany, to record their debut album Eternal Damnation. The album was released on the 14th of March, 2008, by Limb Music Productions. More bands with material ready to be recorded and active live status are: Prodigal Earth, Inferno, R.U.S.T., Soulsteal, Terminal Disease. In June 2006, Rocka Rolla Cafe opened in the heart of Nicosia where metalheads from all the country gather to listen to their favorite music. Even though the island of Cyprus may pose almost no significance at all for international bands, acts like the Scorpions, Sepultura, Deep Purple, Nightingale, Rage, Omen, Anathema, Mystic Prophecy and Rotting Christ have visited the island for numerous live appearances.
Also, a duo named Intibah is experimenting with the psychedelic side of reggae by using unusual instruments such as theremins, dijiritu, birimau, Greek lyre, mcing and also the classic guitar, bass and percussion. The Intibah duo has released a single album by their own expenses giving to people for free.
One of the members of 'Locked Indoors', Yiannis Wu, released two solo albums as Mastermind, Τελευταίες Μέρες (or "Last Days") in 1997 and Απαγορευμένες Γνώσεις (or "Forbidden Knowledge") in 1999. Both of them were released by All Records. He also released an independent LP, Αόρατος Πόλεμος (Invisible War) in 2004. Both Albums produced by the heavyweight Hip Hop Producer Cyprus has ever seen Xenios Zonias a.k.a.DJ X-Method www.x-method.com. On these albums, Wu raps in standard Greek not in the Cypriot dialect. Invisible War marked a big change in Wu's work content-wise with heavy apocalyptic messages about religion, the world and doomsday. By the beginning of the new millennium, many new DJs and producers appeared and tried to make hip-hop well known in Cyprus. Among them were DJ Magos (HCH), DJ Fingaz, DJ Ponokefalos, DJ Net and DJ PhatCat. The most well respected Cypriot hip-hop producers are: Geo Beats (D.R.I.G.), (DJ X-Method - 1989-present day), Sniper (So Solid Crew), Magos (HCH), Ponokefalos, Ice (FTW) and Mazout (IUT/AII).
HCH (Hardcore Heads) were a crew of breakers, writers and MCs consisting of (Zac, ON, Pico, Magos, Blackys, Xaros, Panikos). Some of the members formed a hip-hop group, also called HCH, in 2001, and they circulated their first EP (Totally DiY) in 2003. Prior to the release of the EP the crew made successful appearances in many clubs in Nicosia such as Club Treno instantly gaining 'street respect' due to the nature of their hardcore style similar to well known Greek Hiphop crews such as Terror-x-crew. The lyrics alternate between Standard Greek and the Cypriot dialect, and are critical of capitalism, the military and the music industry (hence their name HardCoreHeads). The MCs are Charos, ON, k Gamma, Pico, Zak and Magos. Magos is also the DJ/producer. Unfortunately, HCH did not continue as they were respected far and wide as the first underground hip-hop group to do things for themselves and by themselves.
Among the oldest crews in Nicosia are I.U.T (Invisible Underground Threat nowadays known as AII), F.T.W (Fuck the World) and CyMafia who have existed since 2000. They have released many songs on the internet, also circulated hand-to-hand by underground tapes and CDs. All the three bands/crews together with Lyrical Eye performed live for their first time at Exis Club in Larnaca in 2001 which was the first well-organised live event that had occurred in Cyprus (by that time) by Cypriot MCs.
Lyrical Eye is one of the few fully Cypriot MCs that actually raps fluently in the English language. The artist began performing live before the year 2000 with Big group at the time Universal Soldiers at venues such as Sabia and Spartacus club. The rapper has performed in over 50 different venues across Cyprus and has taken his live performances around Europe. He has performed live at the biggest hip-hop festival in Europe called the HipHop Kemp during the summer of 2006 in the Czech Republic.
Lyrical Eye has also managed to reach the finals in one of the biggest songwriting competitions worldwide (ISC). The artist is currently working with big labels and completing the long anticipated solo album which will be released in June 2007 which features some of the best producers in Europe such as Anno Domini, OP, TK, Kane and many other big names MB59 (Musdy and Bulmy) are two Turkish Cypriot youths who wrote the first song in the Turkish Cypriot dialect, Genclik Ateshi (Youth Fire) which was released by Olive Tree Music on 'The Cyprus Thing Vol 1' compilation. MB59, Sofoz, and Haji Mike also made the first song in Greek, Turkish and English, called 'WorldWIde Ting'. Sofoz Mc is a new breed of MC in Cyprus with heavy philosophies and at times a fast lyrical flow. From Larnaca, Sofoz has not released solo work but has been featured on numerous projects via Olive Tree Music, a non-profit music label formed by Haji Mike and Zeki Ali. He represented Cypriot hip hop in Europe and he had various collaborations with other European and not only rappers. His first album is expected this coming year (2007) and he is open for new collaborations and invitations for concerts. You can find his songs at .
POTS (Part of the Soul), made up of Fuck-it (also known as Funkit) and Archangelos are an underground hip hop group that has released songs on the internet and organised their own gigs. MC X-Force is a young Turkish Cypriot MC who began more as a junglist and drum and bass MC. Featured alongside Sofoz, Funkit, Bulmy, St3phani3, maxiMOOM, Haji Mike and Zeki Ali on the SOS produced tune 'Music Is Joy'. X-Force has now turned more to hip hop beats.
DNA (Δημιουργοί Νέας Αντίληψης or "Creators of New Perception") is a group that released a CD in 2006 through their own discography label, AK SOUNDplan, although they have had songs on the internet for a few years. Two of the MCs of the group, Megahz and Decayer, are in charge of They have played live in many shows and also at Hip Hop Kemp (Czech Republic) in both 2005 and 2006 (together with Cypriot MC Lyrical Eye, who raps in English). It is the first Cypriot HipHop group that released their "sihnotites" record in vinyl.
Sniper is the most successful artist in the hip-hop genre to date started out at a very young age as a DJ in Ayia Napa. Sniper soon found himself in the chart topping So Solid Crew. As an MC and Producer Sniper has achieved more than most musicians from Cyprus over the last 20 years. Currently based Greece, running a studio and label with links to Jay-Z in the USA. Sniper is building a legacy in Cyprus and putting the island on the map of music world wide.
D.R.I.G is an upcoming crew that consists of local and foreign rappers and producers that have been formed in 2002 in a music hot spot Ayia Napa (Cyprus). They specialized in the hip-hop genre and are currently recording an album of both English and Greek tracks. The album is called 'KALI FASI'. The album provides a smash single 'OLOI PAME' which is also recorded as a music video clip. Till now the crew's tracks can be heard on the 'Rise of Cyprus Hip Hop' mixtape, but this is temporary, soon their album is going to be in release all over Cyprus and Greece. The main members of the crew are Drew, R.A.C., Icy Ice and Geo Beats. Added to that are also ScaR, M.S.E., Jacek, 12inch, Dj MG and many more. The D.R.I.G have worked and collaborated with a lot of hip-hop artists like, Tang Ram, So Solid crew, Thitis, Zetel, Neutrino (So Solid Crew), Lyrical Eye, Wu, Mario Mental, Sniper, Des and many others. D.R.I.G have been heard through radio stations and night clubs (Black and White, Ice Ku...) in Cyprus. They are now based in Greece and are collaborating with local artists eg 'Sniper'. The D.R.I.G are coming through with a lot of material and bring a new sensation to rise the scene of hip-hop in Cyprus, Greece and brake internationally. They are forming a movement on different cultures and styles. Keep your eyes and ears open for the new sensation D.R.I.G. (Ta Paidia Tis Geitonias).
Ponokefalos (Headache), another member of Vaomeni Esso, took up the microphone again in 2002. He also produces beats, and DJs in Nicosia and Limassol. Recently he has released songs on the internet with Kinisiotherapeftis (Kinesiotherapist) in the Cypriot dialect. He also made a mix-CD as a DJ which was sold at events where he played.
Quadraphonic (a.k.a. Q4) is a Progressive Rock/Metal band that is well known around the island. Formerly known as Volcano, Q4 was born in Cyprus in the summer of 2004 by ex- members of metal bands Zoner (ex-Regicide), Godblood, Fallen Angel and Horny Mary. With a wide variety of influences concentrated mainly on Progressive Rock, Funk, Oriental and Metal, these 4 musicians have created an original type of music free from labels that describe contemporary music today. With 2 Demo releases under their name and one Promo CD, Quadraphonic continue to play various gigs all over Cyprus. They are currently working on a full length album that is due to be released in the beginning of 2009.
In 2008 the electronic and world music dro Mikros Kosmos arrived in Cyprus and recorded their first album in Nicosia. The album is released in the United States by Sort Of Records and combines meditative Middle-Eastern melodies, earthy Mediterranean folk dances, Brazilian jazz harmonies, Andean rhythms, gently manipulated ambient recordings and found sounds. The duo is made up of Yianna Georgiadou (voice) and Seth Mehl (piano, erhu, percussion, programming). Their first performances presented live remixes for laptop and voice of classic Greek rembetika, with performances at New York City's Golden Festival, Pittsburgh's Woodlab gallery series, and elsewhere in the United States. Mikros Kosmos's full-length original album moves away from the classic rembetika with an affection for minimal arrangements and a lyrical abstraction uncommon in the history of Greek music.