"Quarashi" was a rap/hip-hop band from Reykjavík, Iceland. It was comprised of Hössi Olafsson (replaced by Tiny (real name Egill Ólafur Þorarensen) on the final album), who was the lead vocalist and frontman of the group, Omar Swarez (Ómar Örn Hauksson), who served as a rapper and hype man, and Steini a.k.a. Stoney (Steinar Orri Fjeldsted), who also served as a rapper and hype man. The fourth member of the group was Sölvi Blöndal, who was their producer, keyboardist, percussionist, and drummer. He also helped in the songwriting process. For live shows, Quarashi was joined by a guitarist (Smári "Tarfur" Jósepsson, later replaced with Vidar Hákon Gislason), a bassist (Gaukur Úlfarsson), and a DJ (DJ Dice, later replaced with DJ Magic).
The group has a loyal following, especially in their native Iceland. Each of their records (''Switchstance'', ''Quarashi'', ''Xeneizes'', ''Kristnihald undir Jökli'', ''Jinx'', ''Guerilla Disco'') have sold well in their homeland. Quarashi was a rap group, but they combined elements of rock, techno, and funk into their songs, lending an air of unpredictability in their music. Comparisons to Rage Against The Machine, Eminem, and The B...
|years active||1996 in music|
|Mainstream Years active||2002|
|music genre||Hip hop music|
|current members|| Sölvi Blöndal|
Egill Olafur Þorarensen
Steinar Orri FjeldstedOmar Örn Hauksson