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Crew Peligrosos is considered the best Colombian hip-hop band as they just won the "best hip-hop band" award at the "Premios Shock" (Colombian Grammy Awards) last year. The project began as an artistic alternative in the neighborhood of "Comuna 4/Aranjuez" in Medellín, Colombia. It was in Aranjuez that Henry Arteaga, known as El Jke (the chief), created the crew, soon joined by the amazing MC P.Flavor and the young DJ RatRace, all members of the same neighborhood. Crew Peligrosos is not just a band; it's a life project, a collective that works and lives for the people of Aranjuez, one of the most dangerous places in Medellín. To offer an alternative to the violence, they decided to build a hip-hop school named 4 Elementos Skuela and the festival HIP4.

In December 2011, the first single "MEDAYORK," a tribute to both Medellín and New York, came out. It reached the top in 2012 on the charts of the national radio Radionica. The video clip of "MEDAYORK" was filmed in the streets of Medellín and directed by Alejandro Niño.

At the beginning of 2012, the second single, "Mera Vuelta," came out and was followed by a tour throughout Colombia. 2012 was also the year of their first big shows. They were invited to play at the biggest festivals in the country, such as Estereo Picnic and Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro, sharing the stage with TV On The Radio, MGMT, Toto La Momposina, Cassius, Yuksek, and Bomba Estéreo. This was followed by another tour in France at the Festival GeNeRiQ, where they shared stages with the biggest French hip-hop artists like Youssoupha, Oxmo Puccino, Nemir, and others.

Crew Peligrosos began 2013 with the SXSW festival in Austin; then finally, the debut album "MEDAYORK" came out, and the band could hope to reach another level. "MEDAYORK" was recorded in Medellín with the Mexican producer Toy Selectah. Tom Coyne did the mastering at the studio of Sterling Sound in New York. Crew Peligrosos finally signed with the local label Polen Records (Bomba Estéreo, Sidestepper, Mitu, etc.).

With the album, the second clip, "Esto Tiene Lo Suyo," directed by Christian Schmid and filmed in Aranjuez with the b-boys and b-girls of the 4 Elementos Skuela, came out.

Lately, Crew Peligrosos went on a 2-week tour sponsored by Red Bull and Shock in the north of Colombia. The director Christian Schmid filmed the tour and a web series called "La Mera Vuelta," now available.

4 Elementos Skuela is more than 400 kids from Medellín learning the whole hip-hop culture for free; 16 teachers of break-dance, graffiti, drums, history of hip-hop, DJing, rap; a school that is growing and growing to become one of the biggest hip-hop schools in Latin America!
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