Popular Greek-American rapper Mad Clip, whose real name was Peter Anastasopoulos, was pronounced dead on Thursday after a traffic accident in the southern Athenian suburb of Vouliagmeni.
Police say that the the rapper lost control of the vehicle he was driving and crashed into a tree. The collision was so severe that the driver was trapped inside the vehicle and it took about two hours for the firefighters to release him.
The 34-year-old was taken to Evangelismos Hospital in extremely serious condition, where a few hours later he passed away.
Mad Clip songs reached 10 million views on You Tube
Mad Clip was born in New York. He made a splash in the Greek music scene by releasing four albums: “Super trapper”, “O Amerikanos” LP, “Super Trapper 2” and “Still Active.”
His songs, such as “Maybe” with Eleni Foureira, “Yachts”, “Hustla”, “Baby” and “Hope” became instant hits. Several exceeded 20 million views on YouTube.
Rapper Taki Chan helped him release his first single, “Eimai Trelos” at the age of 27. Mad Clip then signed a contract with the record company Capital Music. He has also collaborated with artists such as Light, Snik, Toquel, FY and Sin Boy.
“I’m a street racer, I like speed”
Many fans are looking back at some of Mad Clip’s social media posts in the wake of his passing, and have found disturbing videos in which he discusses driving extremely fast and participating in street racing.
“I’m a street racer, I like speed… right or wrong, whoever judges me will judge me,” the famous rapper said in a video, which many fans have said illustrates tragic irony.
In a series of other videos, the rapper uploaded videos of himself racing along the highway outside of Athens at breakneck speeds.
Raised in Astoria, Moved to Greece
Anastasopoulos, a.k.a Mad Clip, was born in Astoria, New York in 1988 and came to Greece for the first time at the age of 13. Until 2016, when he finally settled in Greece, he had lived in the US, the UK and Cyprus.
“Since coming to Greece as a child, I’ve been coming and going. But since 2016, I have lived here continuously. I dropped anchor,” he said in a recent interview.
In 2004, he joined Outkast Excellence, a group founded by Constantine the G and NOE. Although, not professionally linked, they recorded tracks in English for fun and to have a good time.
In 2010, at the age of 22, he moved for a while to Cyprus, where he collaborated with his brother A.M. SNiPER, Drew Astro. Later, he moved to New York, where he apparently refused a contract offered to him by Joseph Simmons Jr., better known by the stage name Run, Rev. Run or DJ Run, an American rapper, producer, DJ and TV personality.
Having rejected the contract, he moved to London, where he stayed for three years, until 2016, when he finally returned to Greece.
“In 2016 I started writing music in Greek, after years writing songs in English. I had a dream to succeed abroad, but this never happened,” Mad Clip said.
“I settled in Greece at the right time, as a Greek rapper urged me to translate my songs in Greek. I did so, and everything followed. At the end of the day you follow the way of life that you express in your songs. I like to have a good time, I like to see people having fun, I want to give my own vibe,” Mad Clip added.
In a separate interview he said that people in Astoria warmly welcomed him when he returned for a concert in 2019. “I was treated like a superstar who returned from Greece for the concert…I was seen as the successful kid who came from the homeland to honor them with his presence.”