> The influential Zaragoza-born M.C. will bring the best hip-hop to Mad Cool Festival 2018.
> He was awarded with the Best National Live Performance at the latest Premios Fest edition.
More than just a M.C., Kase.O (the alter ego of Javier Ibarra) has become a real institution. Born in Zaragoza in 1980, he is probably the most relevant figure in the Spanish rap scene. He is one of the founders, alongside –SHO-HAI, Lírico and R de Rumba, of the seminal band Violadores del Verso. The band’s honest and carefree lyrics marked an entire generation of Spanish-speaking rap enthusiasts around the world.
Kase-O first went into rap thanks to his eldest brother Brutal, a member of Gangsta Squad). At the early age of 13, he launched a first demo tape (Rompecabezas), making an impact in the local scene. His second release (Dos Rombos) featured the hit track Soy de Aragón. In 1998, already a member of Violadores del Verso, he reached maturity as an artist. The band released three studio albums, including Genios (1999) and Vivir para contarlo (2006), commonly included in the list of best national rap albums.
The band split up in 2009 and Kase. O went on to explore new territory in albums like Jazz Magnetism (2012). But a major step forward came in 2016 with the release of the studio album El Círculo, in which he opens himself up in 17 songs overflowing with sensitivity and honesty. He will play the songs in this album at Mad Cool 2018.