Kaliber 44 - Normalnie o tej porze
Kaliber 44 - Psy (Magik Solo)
Kaliber 44 is a hip hop band from Katowice, (in Silesia) Poland. Formed in 1993 by Piotr Łuszcz ("Magik"), Marcin Marten ("Dab") and Michał
Marten ("Joka"), the group has become among the most influential in Polish hip hop, most prominent is their hardcore psycho-rap style that sets
them apart from other groups of the same genre.
Contrary to public opinion, the group was not named after a 44 caliber gun. Kaliber isa euphemism which refers to the caliber of problems which the
songs address. The number 44 refers to a prophetic poem called Dziady written by a famous Polish poet, Adam Mickiewicz.
Nad ludy i nad króle podniesiony;
Na trzech stoi koronach, a sam bez korony;
A życie jego - trud trudów,
A tytuł jego - lud ludów;
Z matki obcej, krew jego dawne bohatery,
A imię jego czterdzieści i cztery.
Elevated above peoples and kings;
He stands on three crowns, but himself is without a crown;
And his life - the hardest of hardships,
And his title - the people above other peoples;
From a foreign mother, his blood is of ancient heroes;
And his name forty and four.
In 1996 Kaliber 44 released the first Polish hardcore psycho-rap album, called "Księga Tajemnicza. Prolog" (It was only the second album in which
they incorporated the live-scratching technique.) Their subsequent albums in 1998 "W 63 minuty dookoła świata" and in 2000 were completely
devoid of psychorap style.
After the second album was released, Magik left Kaliber 44, and joined forces with Sebastian Salbert IRahim) and Wojciech Alszer (Fokus) to form a
new band called "Paktofonika".
In a tragic turn of events, on December 26, 2000, at around 6:15, "Magik" committed suicide by jumping out of the window of his apartment situated
on the ninth floor of the building, in Katowice. He was pronounced dead in a local hospital, at 6:45. Left behind is his wife Justyna, and 3-year old
Księga Tajemnicza. Prolog [Secret Book. Prologue](1996)
W 63 minuty dookoła świata [In 63 minutes around the world](1998) POL: Gold
3:44 (2000) POL #49
"Magia i miecz" [The magic and the sword](1996)
"Film" [The Movie](1998)