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September 21, 1976|
Hip-Hop & Rap
|1997 to present|
|Sido, Automatikk, Die Sekte|
Tarkan Karaalio?lu (born 21 September 1976), better known as MOK, is a German rapper of Turkish descent. His name "MOK" means "Muzik oder Knast" ("Muzic or jail"). It was awarded to him by Berlin hip hopper Maxim. He is a member of rap crew Die Sekte. He got his own label at Sony BMG called Yo!Musix.
MOK is well known for his controversies with other German rappers, including Bushido, Kool Savas, and Farid Bang. During his career he released many diss tracks, but they did not receive much attention, so the others did not respond.
He was born in Berlin-Neukölln. MOK later joined the crew NHS. In 1994 he met the group Berlin Crime and he became a member of the crew. 1995 he left the crew and started again with graffiti.
On 12 September 2002, while recording his first album Neuköln Hustler, MOK was arrested by the Berlin police for gang activities and carrying a gun. Three months later he was transferred to Bavaria, where he waited eighteen months for his trial. He was sentenced to five years and six months. He was first held in the JVA Tegel in Berlin, but with the help of Aggro Berlin he was transferred to the open prison in Berlin-Plötzensee.