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Gru aka Dalibor Andonov (1973 to 2019) was a Serbian 'rap' artist, producer and actor. Dalibor Andonov was born in Dimitrovgrad, then part of Yugoslavia but now independent Serbia, on March 8th 1973. Known professionally in the 'rap' world as 'Gru', his song "Bicu tu" (from the 1996 album "Gru 2") gained him immense popularity in Eastern Europe, as did his 2010 release "I Dalje me Zele" (alongside fellow Serbian rapper Ajs Nigrutin). That 1996 album of his became the most commercially successful album in Serbia, selling four million copies and reaching certified gold status in the country. His popularity was not confined to the Balkans - he was very well-known in other countries of Eastern and Northern Europe too, and his songs were noted for being traditional 'hip-hop' compositions fused with elements of 'funk' and 'soul'. Often dubbed 'The Serbian Rap Machine', Gru had started his career in Belgrade, with his earliest demos being made in 1994, but rose to prominence with his music work from early 1996. He marked the first wave of Serbian 'hip-hop' with his debut album "Da li Imas Pravo?", and went on to produce a total of five albums as a solo artist, four of which reached gold or platinum status in Serbia. His other critically and commercially acclaimed songs included "Srce", "Kad se Popnem na Binu" and "Kisa", as well as his debut album title track "Da li Imas Pravo?". However, in 2003 he stepped down from making albums and started producing only singles, and also did work for TV and film (either producing the music, voicing characters for Serbian dubs, or hosting various reality TV shows). Gru performed in "Operacija Trijumf", was a contestant in the Serbian "Big Brother" series "Veliki Brat", and produced instrumentals for "Tvoje Lice Zvuci Poznato" (the Serbian version of "Your Face Sounds Familiar"). He made his film acting debut in 1997 as 'Vanja' in "Land of Truth, Love & Freedom", and composed music for movies including "Undisputed II: Last Man Standing" and "Dorcol-Manhattan". During his career, he won three "Serbian Oscars of Popularity", an "Indexi Award" and a "World Music Award". Rapper Gru died from injuries sustained in a paraglider accident at the Nautic Club Zemun in Belgrade on September 9th 2019, aged only 46. [ Translated from: http://www.blic.rs/vesti/hronika/poginuo-gru-dalibor-andonov/lzvkxem ]
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Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gru_%28rapper%29
Posted: 16th October 2019
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