The Swedish hip-hop band Looptroop Rockers, which originated in the area of Västerås, Sweden, got its start as Looptroop in 1992 when high school buddies, Promoe, Embee and Cosmic joined forces to start releasing cassettes to friends and the local hiphop scene in Västerås.
In 1995, the trio was joined by Supreme. Between the years of 1992-2000, the group worked hard to independently release a series of four full-length albums on cassette and several vinyl EPs and 12” vinyls. The albums included Superstars (1993), Threesicksteez (1995), From the Waxcabinet (1996) and Punx Not Dead (1998). By the time the group started its own record label called David Vs. Goliath (commonly referred to as DVSG), they were also able to land a big distribution deal with Burning Heart Records. The release of the group’s first big studio album, Modern Day City Symphony came in 2000. Under the group’s original name Looptroop, they released two more albums, The Struggle Continues (2002) and Fort Europa (2005). After the Fort Europa tour Cosmic dropped off to focus on other things than music. The group then changed the name to Looptroop Rockers which already had been their unofficial name since the late 90’s and they released their fourth album Good Things (2008). A couple of years later Cosmic found new energy and love for making music again so reunited they released Professional Dreamers (2011), Mitt Hjärta Är En Bomb (2013), which is their first full length album in Swedish, and Naked Swedes (2014).
Each of the members have also been working on a series of personal endeavors, including a solo album Tellings From Solitaria (2004), by Embee, which earned a Swedish Grammy Award for Best Hip-Hop/Soul album followed up by Mellow Turning Moment (2010). Embee and Cosmic also have a side project called The Casual Brothers and they have released three EPs so far including The Casual Brothers EP (2001), Customer’s Choice (2003) and Grey (2016). Promoe have been really active on releasing solo stuff and collaborating with artists and producers from all over the world. In 2001 he realeased his solo debut Government Music after that came the classic album The Long Distance Runner from 2004 on which he worked with several highly regarded artists from Jamaica. On his third album he again worked with Jamaican artists on White Man’s Burden (2006) and a documentary about that process is included in the CD/DVD Standard Bearer from 2007. Kråksången (2009) is Promoe’s first album in Swedish and the first single Svennebanan was #1 on the Swedish singles chart. The following albums Bondfångeri (2009), Mellan Passion & Mani (2015) and Fult Folk (2016) is also in Swedish.
Looptroop Rockers really made a name for themselves by touring heavily and they have touched ground in 30+ countries during their career.
This year they celebrate 25 years together as a group but shows no signs of slowing down since they have a lot of releases in the pipeline. They were also inducted into Swedish Music Hall of Fame in March 2017.