'''Caparezza''' (born Michele Salvemini on October 9, 1973) is an Italian rapper known for his often political lyrics, serious statements expressed with unusual and ironic metaphors, nasal voice [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and his]] FunnyAfro. Influenced by Music/FrankZappa, Caparezza is also known for [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly genre blending]] [[ConceptAlbum concept albums]].

He began his musical career in 1997 under the name '''Mikimix''', writing melodic rap/hip hop songs with little success; since 2000 he underwent a total change of appearance and style, rejecting his past and openly mocking it.
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* AnimatedMusicVideo: For the songs ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH7JyGiIwfw&feature=player_embedded Jodellavitanonhocapitouncazzo]]'' (AllCGICartoon), ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjKLIeDJBFc&feature=player_embedded The Auditels Family]]'' ([[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Python]]-esque animated cutouts) and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC88mrTl7lM&feature=related Cacca nello spazio]]'' (an interesting use of stop-motion).
* CallBack: The third album begins with a snippet of a song from the second album that says "mamma quanti dischi venderanno se mi spengo" (''Oh my, they'll sell a lot of records if I pass away''). Indeed the album satirizes, among other things, the concept of DeadArtistsAreBetter (see below).
* CamelCase: The album covers render his stage name as "[=CapaRezza=]", however this way of writing is used almost only on ThatOtherWiki (the Italian version). ''Possibly'' referenced in one of his songs, when someone calls him "Mr. Rezza Capa".
* ComicsRuleEverythingAroundMe: The man gives [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to ''everything'' from the Smurfs to Commodore 64. See Reference Overdosed below.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Not Caparezza himself, but many listeners. He wrote a catchy song called "Fuori dal tunnel", about how the system is trying to uniform people's free time too... which immediately became a huge summer hit in discos and mainstream radio channels, the expressions of that "fun factory" he derided. He spoofed this in one song of his next album, when someone listens to "Fuori dal tunnel" and thinks that [[ViewersAreMorons it's about drugs]].
** His song "Vieni a ballare in Puglia" ("Come dance in Apulia", the region where Capa was born) suffered the same fate. It is actually about work and work-related deaths (the metaphors at the beginning make clear that "dance" really means "die"), but many people mistook it for Caparezza professing his love to Apulia. The fact that the catchy refrain is an EarWorm doesn't help matters.
** One of his 2011 songs, which mocks catastrophism and conspiracies, has been mis-interpreted as well. If Youtube comments are an indication, many people praise Caparezza for "telling the truth", taking seriously his statements about Reptilians and chem trails.
* ConceptAlbum: Quite a few of his albums. For example, ''Le dimensioni del mio caos'' is a RockOpera involving time-traveling hippies, aliens, and pre-evolution Bonobos. ''Habemus Capa'' is a concept abum about the idea that [[DeadArtistsAreBetter dead artists sell better]], and ''Il sogno eretico'' has to do with the nature of dreams. His 2014 album ''Museica'' can be seen as an equivalent to Emerson, Lake & Palmer's ''Pictures At An Exhibition'': every track was inspired by a work of art (not only paintings, but graffiti and statues as well) and the album is structured as if it was a visit in an art museum.
* [[ConsciousHipHop Conscious Rap]]: Even more in his latest albums.
* DarkerAndEdgier: His album "Il sogno eretico", a concept album whose lyrics are more pessimistic and disilluded, and that contains a very political protest track sung in his "real" voice, to signify that he's dead serious about what's singing.
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Caparezza viciously mocks this concept. He calls his third album "a posthumous album of a still living singer", and actually the first track spoofs people's typical reactions to artists dying (imagining himself as the dead artist). The album as a whole is a concept about him being dead and his spirit still living on until he "resurrects" at the end.
* {{Determinator}}: The titular character of Eroe, Storia di Luigi Delle Bicocche (Hero, Story Of Luigi Delle Bicocche), who continues to work even though he's retired to earn a living for his family
* FunnyAfro: His stage name Caparezza means "Curly head" in the dialect of his hometown.
* {{Homage}}: His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od--00x73E8&feature=player_embedded music video]] for "Abiura di me" (a song apparently about videogames) is a [[IncrediblyLamePun glowing]] homage to TRON, a couple years before ''Film/TronLegacy'' hit the theaters.
* IWantSong: His early track "Tutto ciņ che c'č" is this plus a ton of name-dropping. The lyrics are about him wanting various musicians and celebrities to do absurd and out-of-character things, and contain the line "Music/MichaelJackson dice: Capa sei un genio!" (''Michael Jackson says: Capa, you're a genius!'').
* MundaneMadeAwesome: [[SpandauBallet Tony Hadley]] driving a truck at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lmVZstFqlU ''Goodbye Malinconia'''s video]].
* MusicIsPolitics: Referenced in his song "Chi se ne frega della musica" (''Who gives a damn about music''). He implies that videos, song charts, producers, talk shows are all that is important in the music business, and nobody gives a damn about the ''music'' itself.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Caparezza's music has elements of various genres, including AlternativeHipHop, ProgressiveRock, and HeavyMetal. Not only do his albums use live instrumentation (and not just rock instrumentation, but also horn and string sections), but he also writes sheet music for many of his songs.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahN-bcmT8n0 Argenti vive]] has {{Dubstep}} elements.
* NonActorVehicle: His first, last and probably only film part was in Checco Zalone's "[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1808015/?ref_=ttrel_rel_tt Che bella giornata]]" (which incidentally was the ''highest-grossing Italian film of all time'') where he and his band played themselves; however he really didn't care much about it and went on to his music career.
* PunBasedTitle:
** Absolutely everywhere. Caparezza is very fond of puns and wordplay, and almost every title of his songs reflect this. Case in point: his album ''Il sogno eretico'' ("Heretic Dream"), a pun on "Erotic dream".
** His 2014 album ''Museica'' takes the cake: the songs therein are inspired by works of art, and the title is a pun on "museo" (museum), "musica" (music) and "sei" (six, as this is his sixth album).
* ReferenceOverdosed: He applies a metaphor to his lyrics and takes it UpToEleven, for example the songs ''Abiura di me'' (about his will to improve as an artist) and ''La marchetta di Popolino'' (about narrow-minded people) are disguised as huge amounts of videogame and WaltDisney references.
** Once again, he did it for the first single of his upcoming 2014 album: titled "Cover", it is a long list of references to notorious album covers, which mirror his personal growth as a man and an artist.
* RockOpera: ''Le dimensioni del mio caos''. A time traveling hippie ends up conforming to modern society, and the album ends with an alternate history where prehistoric Bonobos surpass humans on the evolutionary scale.
* {{Sampling}}: Various examples. A notable one is his early track "La fitta sassaiola dell'ingiuria", based on a few lyrics of a song by Italian folksinger Angelo Branduardi. Funny thing is, the sampled lyrics at one point refer to the singer's hairdo - both Capa and Branduardi have, or used to have, a ''huge'' afro.
* SelfDeprecation: He sometimes mocks his Mikimix persona in a few songs. Also, he says things such as he's not an artist, he comes from the gutter and so on.
** Once, during a concert, he tried to give a speech, but was constantly interrupted by [[ItMakesSenseInContext the doorbell]]. The video feed (in daylight - "What kind of time zone do they have out there?") showed himself, with an annoyed expression, still ringing.
-->'''CapaRezza''': [{{Beat}}] ''Pretend that I'm not here, I know that guy, he never shuts up...''
* TestosteronePoisoning: "Un vero uomo dovrebbe lavare i piatti" mocks the concept, sarcastically listing things that only "real men" do (like being violent, treating women like objects, being sexually promiscuous, never showing emotion) and then saying that what a real man should actually do is to wash the dishes.
* TheUnpronounceable: His first album is called "!?".
** [[FridgeBrilliance It's "Caparezza!?"]]
* ZombieApocalypse: In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdVaHCCxHMw&feature=related video]] for "Vieni a ballare in Puglia". As always, there's a second meaning: the pollution and chemicals from factories are what turned people into zombies.