Achille Lauro, pseudonym of Lauro De Marinis. is an Italian singer-songwriter.
Lauro was born in Verona. He grew up in Rome and at the age of 14 he chose to go to live with his older brother Federico, former producer for the group Quarto Blocco; it is from Federico that the young Lauro derives his passion for music. Also thanks to his brother, Lauro enters the world of underground rap and punk rock.
Having entered the musical circle of Quarto Blocco, Lauro decides to adopt a stage name, opting for Achille Lauro. He himself explained that this choice was motivated by the fact that many associated his name with the surname of the Neapolitan shipowner of the same name.
In 2012 his first mixtape was released, entitled “Barabba”. The mixtape was an independent production, so it was made immediately available as a free download. The same goes for “Harvard”, another mixtape produced for the Quarto Blocco collective.
Lauro became the leading artist of Quarto Blocco in 2013. In February of the same year the album “Achille Idol immortale” was announced, then released in February 2014 as a free download. The disc did not look like a traditional rap album, since at the end of each track there is the reading of an evangelical verse, revisited in a “Laurian” perspective, and the sounds are not typical of hip-hop.
In 2015, thanks to the excellent response of “Achille Idol Immortale”, from which successful singles such as “Real Royal Street Rap” are extracted, Roccia Music invested more and more in Lauro, who released an EP entitled “Young Crazy EP”.
For May 26, 2015, the release of “Dio c’e” was scheduled. The title of the album is clearly another reference to the Christian religion.
The reason that prompted Lauro to abandon Roccia Music was the desire to found his own record label, the No Face Agency, which he would be able to start together with the producer DJ Pitch8, former producer of the song Young King.
The new label immediately got to work on the production of “Ragazzi Madre”, the Roman rapper’s third studio album, released in November 2016.
During 2017, after leaving Roccia Music, Lauro, while collaborating with leading artists of the old Italian school, approaches emerging rap artists of the new school and realizes successful songs such as “Thoiry RMX”. This year’s singles depart from the typical style of early studio albums; the wave of the “samba trap” is born.
In the first half of 2018 the singles “Midnight Carnival” and “Ammò” were released, anticipating the album “Pour l’amour”, released on June 22 of the same year in collaboration with Boss Doms.
Achille Lauro participated (with the collaboration of Boss Doms) in the 69th edition of the Sanremo Festival in 2019, with the song “Rolls Royce”. He ended up in the low end of the partial ranking of the opinion poll jury and in the high end of the jury result.
In January 2019 he publishes his autobiography “Sono io Amleto”
In 2020 he founded, together with the manager Angelo Calculli and the creative co-director Nicolò Cerioni, a new booking and management agency, MK3. At the same time he was appointed Chief Creative Director of the Elektra Records label.
Achille Lauro participated in the festival of Sanremo again in 2020 with the song “”Me ne frego”. He ended up in 8th place.
In July of the same year, the first project he did for Elektra Records is released: “1990”, the artist’s sixth studio album.
On September 25, “1969 Achille Idol Rebirth” was released, a reinterpretation of the successful “Rolls Royce” album, which contains, in addition to all the original tracks, the singles released in 2020.
In december 2020 Lauro announced the release of a new project with jazz-swing sounds: 1920 – Achille Lauro & The Untouchable Band. In 2021, he took part in the Festival of Sanremo again: not in the competition, but as a special guest.
A new album, under the name of “Lauro” was released on April 16, 2021. The single “Mille”, sung with Fedez and Orietta Berti debuted at the top of the Top Singles. The song turned out to be a great success and became a real hit.
In 2022, Achille Lauro performed in the festival of Sanremo for a third time. This time his song “Domenica” became 14th. However, he also took part in “Una voce per San Marino”, the San Marinese national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. He won and represented San Marino in Turin.
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