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Sisu Si Puya

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Romanian rap group formed in January 1996, three years after B.U.G. Mafia, and two years after Paraziţii, but still early by Romanian hip hop standards. They established a national reputation with a style of gangsta rap similar to B.U.G. Mafia and distinct from R.A.C.L.A. and Paraziţii’s acts.

The group was founded by Tudor Sişu and Dragoş Gardescu (a.k.a. Puya). Like many hip hop artists, they fought a hard battle for visibility and success. Sişu was raised by his mother and Puya was the youngest of four brothers, both from a periphery neighborhood of Bucharest.

By 1997 they had held concerts throughout the country. In 1998, their album Nicăieri nu-i ca acasă (“No Place Like Home”) was one of the best selling albums in Romania, and with their video Tupeu de Borfaş (“Hustler Nerve”) in heavy rotation in Romania for several months, they became well-known all over the country.

In 2003, Tudor Sişu was sentenced to 3 years in prison for drug possession and trafficking.

The same year they had a feud with the well known rap-group B.U.G. Mafia in which they lost the rights to use “La Familia” as their official name after B.U.G. Mafia’s producer, Tataee, had registered the name with OSIM (the Romanian Office for Inventions and Trademarks) and asked for €15,000 to give it back. The single Foame de bani was released as a diss-track for B.U.G. Mafia (who never officially answered it).

In 2005 Sişu and Puya founded their own music label called “Scandalos Music” and Dj Wicked become part of the band. Puya said he was interested in signing not only rap artists, but any other talented musician who wants to collaborate with them.

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