Infobox musical artist
Name = Beginner
Background = group_or_band
Alias = Absolute Beginner
Years_active = 1992 - present
URL = [http://www.beginner.de/ www.beginner.de]
Current_members = Eißfeldt
Denyo DJ Mad
Past_members = DJ Burn
The group was founded as Absolute Beginners in
1991, initially with six members: Jan, Denyo, Mardin, DJ Burn, Nabil, Mirko, but the latter three dropped out after a few months. They started rapping in English and German with homemade beats, but later went over to rapping solely in German. During their first public appearance they met DJ Mad, who immediately joined the group.
1992they released their first track, "K.E.I.N.E." on the Sampler "Kill the Nation With a Groove". The following year they released their first E.P., "Gotting", and embarked on their first tour.
Their first proper album "Flashnizm" was released in
1996, to a fairly moderate commercial success. Nevertheless they produced a video for the single "Natural Born Chillaz", which MTVrefused to play, and went on tour throughout the German speaking countries to smaller crowds. Mardin became dissatisfied with the band’s progress and left in 1997. That same year Eißfeldt founded the Underground tape label Eimsbush, references to which are interspersed in many German hip hop tracks. Eimsbush records later developed into a full-fledged independent label, producing new acts like D-Flameand Illo77, but closed down in 2003.
1998they had a Top 10 hit with "Liebes Lied" ("Dear Song", a pun on the word for love song). Their album Bambule entered the album TOP 30 and the next singles "Hammerhart" ("Hammer Hard") and "Füchse" ("Foxes"), which featured Samy Deluxe. They went on three tours with Dynamite Deluxe, Main Conceptand the Beastie Boysrespectively and appeared at major festivals. In 2001the Beginners released a remixalbum to "Bambule", called "Boombule".
1999Eißfeldt released his first solo reggaesingle, a cover-version of New Wave idol Nena’s "Irgendwo, Irgendwie, Irgendwann". In 2001, he then released a solo reggae album, "Searching for the Jan Soul Rebels". Denyo also went solo and released his album "Minidisko" 2001, while DJ Mad produced for other major acts and hosted a weekly radio show. This did not signalize a break-up, however, with Denyo and Eißfeldt going on the 60Hz-tour together, along with Eimsbush-act D-Flame.
2002, after the German hip hop hype had abated, Mad, Eißfeldt and Denyo agreed to record an album together again, which became their 2003hit album "Blast Action Heroes", heralded by the Top 10 single "Fäule". It rose to first place in the German album charts, countering the downwards trend of non-mainstream music styles, which had been brought about by a number of changes in the music industryand Germany's media landscape. Their 2003 "Blast Action Heroes"-tour went into its second round in 2004. The first Beginner DVDis scheduled for release in December 2004. After "Blast Action Heroes" reached number one on the German charts, they released "Danke", a song thanking their fans for their support.
The Beginners started out with highly politicized lyrics. Their first song "K.E.I.N.E." attacked the German police force. Their lyrics often mix
comedyand politics. Indeed, a lot of the early satire of their lyrics abated in their first commercially successful album "Bambule", especially in the singles released, and some rival acts accused them of selling out. However Eißfeldt’s reggae album has political lyrics throughout and Denyo has been engaged in the anti-racismhip hop project Brothers Keepersand "Blast Action Heroes" is also a thoroughly politicized album.
After the long break, the Beginner returned with a more progressive and experimental sound, without letting go of their old-skool roots.
Jan Eißfeldt is also known as "Eisfeldt65", "Jan Delay" (his reggae and funk name), "Boba Ffett" (his "Style-Liga" name) and "Eizi Eiz" (originally a character – a pretentious young rapper – in a duet with D-Flame, now his current stage name).
Denyo is also known as "Denyo77", "Denyo Deutschland" and, simply, "Dennis".
* 1993: Song "K.E.I.N.E." on the sampler "Kill The Nation With A Groove" (LP/CD, Buback Tonträger)
* 1993: "Gotting" (EP/EPCD, Buback)
* 1995: "Die Kritik an den Platten kann die Platte der Kritik nicht ersetzen" (12"/SingleCD, Buback)
* 1996: "Natural Born Chillas" (12"/SingleCD, Buback)
* 1996: "Flashnizm [Stylopath] " (LP/CD, Buback)
* 1998: "Rock On" (12"/SingleCD, Buback/Universal Records)
* 1998: "Bambule" (LP/CD, Buback/Universal)
* 1998: "Liebes Lied" (12"/SingleCD, Buback/Universal)
* 1999: "Hammerhart" (12"/SingleCD, Buback/Universal)
* 1999: "Füchse/K2" (12"/SingleCD, Buback/Universal)
* 2000: "Boombule - Bambule Remixed" (RMX LP/CD, Buback/Motor)
* 2003: "Blast Action Heroes" (LP/CD, Buback/Motor)
* + solo projects and features
* [http://www.beginner.de The Beginner Homepage (German)]
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