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Crookers is the musical project of Italian DJ/producer, Francesco "Phra" Barbaglia.

Crookers was originally a duo consisting of Phra and fellow producer Bot, who worked together from 2003-2012. When the two artists met, both were trying to branch out of their genre and explore dance music. Their first collaboration worked. Phra said "It felt natural to team up, seeing that we had the same musical tastes... which isn't that easy here in Milan."[1]

On October 19, 2012, it was announced that Bot had left the group to pursue a new direction and that Phra would carry on the Crookers name as a solo project.[2]


Bot took up the guitar at an early age, later moving onto synths, turntables and sequencers. Phra had already started DJing by age 11, when he was introduced to the Italian hip hop scene.[3]

Their first international release was on Berlin's Man Recordings (Funk Mundial #3), for which Crookers contributed various remixes. The duo later released three EPs in 2008 (Knobbers, Mad Kidz and E.P.istola, all containing exclusive original tracks). Their debut album, Tons of Friends, was released in 2010.

Their collaboration with Kid Cudi in "Day 'N' Nite" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 2 and is featured on the game Midnight Club: Los Angeles.[4][5]

Crookers work with producer/remixer Sketch Iz Dead on many of their tracks.[6]

In 2009 they DJed the in-game radio station ElectroChoc in the game Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, which is based around the nightclub scene of Liberty City. Also, the group gained significant attention as the closing song in the final GTAIV game ("The Ballad of Gay Tony") is "No Security". In the same year they remixed 'Get On Your Boots' by U2 and confirmed to be one the most acclaimed dj duo of that period.[7][8]

In November 2010 the duo signed a deal with Interscope Records, and they released their new single "We Love Animals"[9] under the label as their first single of their upcoming second studio album.

In May 2011, Crookers released their second album Dr Gonzo on iTunes[10] and Beatport.[11] The album features Savage Skulls, Neoteric, Wax Motif, His Majesty Andre, Lazy Ants ans Keith & Supabeatz and has been described as a return to their original style. A related EP titled The Gonzo Anthem was released on June 27, 2011.

Bot left the group in October 2012. Phra continues to use the Crookers name solo.[12]



Year Title Label
2009 Crookers Showcase[13] Avex Trax
Put Your Hands On Me[14] Avex Trax
2010 Tons of Friends[15] Southern Fried Records
Tons of Remixes[16] Southern Fried Records
2011 Dr Gonzo[17] Mad Decent

EP and singles

Year Artists Title Release date Label
2006 Crookers End 2 End Oct, 2006 P-House
2007 Crookers Aguas de Parco Mar 1, 2007 Big Sur Recordings
Crookers Made in Italy May 1, 2007 On The Brink
Crookers Funk Mundial #3 May 18, 2007
Crookers feat. La Pisa & Mr. Cocky Limonare Jun 1, 2007 P-House
Crookers vs. Il Deboscio Limonare vs. Frangetta Jul 5, 2007 Xnote S.r.l
Crookers Massive Sep 14, 2007 Potty Mouth Music
Crook**s / The Blood* ****roots Timberland Boots Nov, 2007 White Label
2008 Crookers Knobbers Jan 27, 2008 Southern Fried Records
Crookers Love to Edit Feb, 2008 White Label
Crookers Mad Kidz Jul 20, 2008 Southern Fried Records
Crookers E.P.istola Jul 29, 2008 Mad Decent
Kid Cudi vs. Crookers Day 'n' Nite Dec 24, 2008 Data Records
2009 Crookers feat. Wiley & Thomas Jules Business Man Aug 23, 2009 Southern Fried Records
Crookers feat. Kardinal Offishall & Carla-Marie Put Your Hands On Me Oct 4, 2009
Crookers What Up Y'all Oct 6, 2009 Fool's Gold Records
Crookers feat. Kelis No Security Nov 29, 2009 Southern Fried Records
Crookers feat. Soulwax & Mixhell We Love Animals Dec 10, 2009
2010 Crookers feat. Fabri Fibra & Dargen D'Amico Festa Feb 12, 2010
Crookers feat. Miike Snow Remedy Feb 28, 2010
Crookers feat. Róisín Murphy Royal T May 23, 2010
Crookers feat. Yelle Cooler Couleur Aug, 2010 La Musique Fait La Force
2011 Crookers & Savage Skulls Bust 'Em Up Apr 10, 2011 Southern Fried Records
Crookers & Savage Skulls Bust 'Em Up Remixes Aug 7, 2011
Crookers The Gonzo Anthem Jun 26, 2011
Crookers The Gonzo Anthem Remixes Aug 29, 2011
Crookers feat. Hudson Mohawke & Carli Hummus Nov 20, 2011
2012 Guè Pequeno vs. Crookers R.E.B. Mar 20, 2012 Universal Music Italia
Crookers with Style of Eye & Carli That Laughing Track Apr 29, 2012 Southern Fried Records
Crookers Massive (Remixed) May 22, 2012 Potty Mouth Music
Fabri Fibra vs. Crookers L'Italiano Balla Jun 29, 2012 Universal Music Italia
Crookers with Neoteric & Wah Motif Springer Jul 9, 2012 Southern Fried Records
Crookers Bowser Sep 4, 2012 Fool's Gold Records
Crookers From Then Until Now Oct 29, 2012 Southern Fried Records
Crookers Big Booty Bootleg Nov 12, 2012 Ciao Recs
Crookers & RVBRA Pop That Bootleg Dec 4, 2012 Ciao Recs
2013 Crookers Giga / A Go Go Feb 19, 2013 Ciao Recs
Crookers Remixed Part 1 - Bangers Mar 4, 2013 Southern Fried Records
Crookers Ghetto Guetta / Heavy TBA OWSLA

Music videos

Year Song Director(s)
2009 "Put Your Hands on Me" Jonnie Malachi [18]
"No Security" Mattias Erik Johansson,
Henrik Qvarnström [19]
2010 "Remedy" Paul Kamuf [20]
"Festa Festa" Danxzen[21]
2011 "Bust 'Em Up"
"Hummus" Plastic Horse [22]
2012 "That Laughing Track" Jerome Potter,
Johnny Woods


Year Artist Track Title
2005 Stylophonic "Baby Beat Box"
Stylophonic "We Got Some People In Da House" Stylophonic Meets the Crookers Mix
2006 AC/DC Thunderstruck"
Jovanotti "Questo è Un Mondo Selvaggio"
2007 Adam Sky vs. Mark Stewart "We Are Prostitutes"
Armand Van Helden "I Want Your Soul" Crookers Remix
Crookers Crunk Remix
Bonde do Rolê "Marina Gasolina" Crookers Crunk Remix
Brodinski "Bad Runner" Crookers Gone Electro Remix
Carnifull Trio "Song for Guido" Crookers Crunk Remix
Diabolico Coupè "Lavorare" Crookers Crunk Remix
Dusty Kid "The Cat" Crookers Remix
Crookers Eurocrunk Remix
Edu K "Gatas Gatas Gatas" Crookers Crunk
Jamelia "Something About You" Crookers Crunky Remix
N*E*R*D "Everyone Nose" Phra Re-Fix
Rodion "Electric Soca"
The Bumblebeez "Dr Love" Crooker$ Remix
The Chemical Brothers "Salmon Dance" Crookers 'Wow' Mix
Timbaland "The Way I Are" Crookers - The Way We Are
Tocadisco feat. Chelonis R. Jones "Shrine"
2008 Azzido da Bass "Dooms Night"
Busy P feat. Murs "To Protect and Entertain" Crookers Remix
Crookers Dub Remix
Boosta feat. Skin "Last" Crookers Crunk Remix
Cazals "Life Is Boring" Crookers No Fear to Fly Remix
Chromeo "Fancy Footwork"
Clark Able "Lemon Head"
Danny "Set Your Body Free"
David Guetta feat. Thailand "Joan of Arc" Crookers Pimp My Ark Remix
Crookers 'Hardtime' Remix
Diplo feat. Rye Rye "Wassup Wassup" Crookers Remix
Crookers Happy Remix
Don Rimini "Let Me Back Up" Crookers Tetsujin Mix
Edu K feat. Marina "Me Bota Pra Dancar"
Isa GT "Pela'O"
Kelis "Bossy"
Kid Cudi "Day 'n' Night"
Ludacris "Move Bitch"
Magik Johnson "The Bushman"
Moby "I Love to Move in Here" Crookers Crack Mix
Crookers Bass In Here Mix
Crookers Lemmesee Mix
Nelly Furtado "Maneater"
Radioclit "Secousse" Crookers Spino Mix
Shinichi Osawa "Rendezvous"
Snoop Dogg "Sensual Seduction"
Timbaland feat. OneRepublic "Apologize"
The Bumblebeez "Rio" Crookers Bang Remix
The Outhere Brothers "Enjoy" Crookers Vocal Mix
Crookers Dub Mix
The Proxy "Raven"
The Secret Handshake "Summer of '98"
The Whip "Trash"
Wiley "Summertime"
2009 Crookers feat. Kelis "No Security" Crookers Ode to the Whales Remix
Britney Spears "If U Seek Amy"
Fever Ray "Seven"
Jesse Rose "Touch My Horn"
Mixhell feat. Oh Snap & Jen Lasher "Boom Da"
Miike Snow "Animal"
Steed Lord "Dirty Mutha"
Tiga "Beep Beep Beep"
U2 "Get On Your Boots"
2010 Bad Rabbits "Stick Up Kids"
Dennis Ferrer "Hey Hey"
Faithless "Tweak Your Nipple"
Green Velvet "La La Land"
Lady Gaga & Beyoncé "Telephone" Crookers Vocal Remix
Crookers Dub Remix
N*E*R*D feat. Nelly Furtado "Hot-n-Fun"
Robbie Williams "Difficult for Weirdos"
Savage Skulls & Douster feat. Robyn "Bad Gal"
Two Door Cinema Club "Something Good Can Work" Crookers Dirrrrrty Mix
2011 Major Lazer feat. The Partysquad "Original Don"
Munchi feat. Mr. Lexx "Shottas"
2012 Theophilus London "Stop It"
Isa GT "Alegria"
WAFA "Abandon Me"
Taku Inoue "F.F.Y.R. (Livemonitor)"
Chuckie & Junxterjack "Make Some Noise"
2013 deadmau5 & Imogen Heap "Telemiscommunications"
TJR "Ode to Oi"


  1. Crookers (ITALY)with Dick Johnson, Defcon1, Daniel Farley, Cool Kids Club (Chch), Maya at Studio, 340 Karangahape Road, Newton. Mukuna (2008-11-27). Retrieved on 2009-02-16.
  3. MC Crookers: DJ Phra and Bot. DJ Guide. Retrieved on 2009-02-16.
  4. Sawjani, Archna, Kid Cudi: 'I've always been ahead of the curve',, 2009-01-20. URL accessed on 2009-02-16.
  18. Crookers feat. Kardinal Offishalls Put Your Hands On Me by Jonnie Malachi. promonews. Retrieved on 2010-05-06.
  19. CROOKERS - NO SECURITY FEAT. KELIS. youtube. Retrieved on 2010-05-06.
  20. Crookers feat Miike Snows Remedy by Paul Kamuf. promonews. Retrieved on 2010-05-06.
  21. CROOKERS feat Fabri Fibra & Dargen D'Amico. vimeo. Retrieved on 2010-05-06.
  22. Crookers feat. Hudson Mohawkes Hummus by Plastic Horse.

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