Born and grew up in Sardinia, Gruff later moved in Turin, where he first discovered rap music. He first begun to act as a break dancer and DJ as early as 1982, when hip hop was still practically unknown in Italy. Later he moved to France where he worked along with a number of French artists. He came back to Italy and in 1991 he joined the crew Isola Posse All-Stars.
Today DJ Gruff lives between Japan and Sardinia.
Gruff musical debut in the Italian rap scene is with the Sangue Misto hip hop band (together with Neffa and Deda, two other notable Italian hip hop characters). The work he did with Sangue Misto made him nation-wide famous in Italy.
DJ Gruff official solo debut is Sfida il Buio (1992), rapidly followed by La Rapadopa in 1993: both works are today regarded as milestones in the genre. After the album Zero Stress in 1998, Gruff produces I Tre Tocchi, a trilogy that marks a stylistic evolution in Italian turntable scene.
A bit later the LP Il Suono della Strada comes out, along with a single of the same name. The guitarist of Casino Royale, Pardo, participates to the album: this marks the beginning of the collaboration of DJ Gruff with the band, with a mix of rap and drum'n'bass sound.
The last widely circulated Gruff album is O tutto o niente (1999). Later DJ Gruff dedicates himself to the production of underground projects (Puruchan battle breaks, Tiffititaff, The Worst Hits of Gruffettalco and many others). He also produced a couple of songs for the soundtrack of the Italian film Zora the vampire.
Aside working as a solo artist, Gruff is also a member of the turntablist collective Alien Army.
* Sfida il buio (1992)
* La Rapadopa (1993)
* Zero Stress (1997)
* Il Suono Della Strada (1998)
* O Tutto O Niente (1999)
* Tiffititaff (2002)
* Svarioni Premeditati (2002)
* Karasau Kid (2002)
* Pecorino Sardo (2003)
* Scientific Experiment (2003)
* Lowdy '82 / '03 (2003)
* Frikkettonism (2004)
* Uno (2005)
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