When it comes Croatian hip-hop, there’s only one name and one crew you need to remember…
Phat Phillie is a resident DJ (and promoter) of some of Zagreb’s coolest weekly & monthly events. Held at the city’s urban nightspots such as The Garden Brewery, Aquarius, Pepermint… These events hosted sold-out shows by artists such as Redman & Method Man, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, Jazzy Jeff, De La Soul, OC and Big L (R.I.P.), Naughty By Nature, The Brand New Heavies, Big Daddy Kane to name a few.
Phillie got into hip-hop way back in 1984. after hearing UTFO’s Roxanne Roxanne on Zagreb’s legendary station Radio 101 and watching classic films such as Beat Street, Wild Style and Breakin’.
Following a brief stay in the US in 1991. he met DJ Frx with whom he co-hosted Blackout Rap Show since ’93, Croatia’s number one rated hip-hop radio show, To mark the show’s 10th anniversary, they released a double vinyl: Blackout 10 (The Best Of Hip-Hop), a compilation of the most important tracks released by artists from Croatia’s richly diverse and exceptionally creative hip-hop scene. This coming November Phillie will celebrate his 25 years in the game with a number of events in Zagreb.
Phillie has DJ-ed not only in Croatia, but also in New York, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Bulgaria, Holland, Russia… A regular guest on numerous Croatian television shows, he has appeared on Germany’s music television station VIVA TV (Mixery Raw Deluxe) and MTV Europe (MTV Mash). Phillie has also penned articles for a number of the world’s leading hip-hop magazines including Backspin (Germany), DJ Mag (UK) and The Source (US) and interviewed artists such as 50 Cent, N.O.R.E., Wu-Tang Clan, Ice-T, Nile Rodgers (Chic), DJ Premier… He can even be heard in a skit on the Dilated Peoples LP ‘The Platform’.
In 2009. Phillie co-founded BlackoutHipHop.com that was recently voted top 100 Hip-Hop Blogs / websites in the world. Also, Red Bull & MTV Adria recently produced a full length documentary called ‘Stani Na Put’ profiling Phat Phillie’s Hip-Hop crew ‘Blackout’ as well as other 2 important Rap organizations in the ex Yugoslavia region. Check the movie here: http://www.blackouthiphop.com/pogledajte-dokumentarni-film-stani-na-put/
Most recently, he started playing a role of an executive producer for a second installment of the classic “Heavy Rhyme Experience” album by the UK acid-jazz band The Brand New Heavies as well as a debut album “The Makings” for a Croatian producer Koolade. Phillie’s latest en-devour is Croatia’s only Hip – Hop festival Fresh Island held at the famous Zrce beach on the Island Of Pag. Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, Iggy Azalea, Nas, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Migos, Sean Paul, French Montana… performed there in the last 7 years. For more info on Fresh Island 2019. please check fresh-island.org