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

Crookers was originally a duo consisting of Phra and fellow producer Bot, who worked together from 2003 to 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."[4]

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.[5]

Since then, "Phra" has produced the song "Ghetto Guetta" under the Crookers allias, the song was published on Phra's own label Ciao Recs under licence to the Be Yourself Catalog as well as OWSLA. Phra has stormed 2014 with singles being released from his forthcoming 'Sixteen Chapel' album. 'Heavy' followed 'Ghetto Guetta' as the 2nd single off the album. There were remixes from Hybrid Theory, Donovans and Sharkslayer & First Gift. Following that, Crookers then released Able To Maximize via Ciao Recs with remixes from Chuckie, franskild, Mao Ra Sun, Digi and Suck Fake. Phra then released 'Get Excited ft STS' for free via his social media. During this time, Phra asked the group Plastic Horse to put their spin on the music videos for Able To Maximize and Picture This.

Crookers' track Picture This was released via Ciao Recs on 9th Sept and his new album 'Sixteen Chapel' is scheduled to be released in February 2015.


Phra began DJing at age 11, when he was introduced to the Italian hip hop scene.[6]

Crookers' first international release was on Berlin's Man Recordings (Funk Mundial #3), for which they 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.[7][8]

Crookers work with producer/remixer Sketch Iz Dead on many of their tracks.[9]

In 2009, Crookers DJed on ElectroChoc, an in-game radio station of 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 of the most acclaimed DJ duos of that period.[10][11]

In November 2010, the duo signed a deal with Interscope Records, and they released their new single "We Love Animals"[12] under the label as their first single of their upcoming second studio album.

On 27 June 2011 (2011-06-27), Crookers released the The Gonzo Anthem EP. Then on 24 October, they released their second album, Dr Gonzo,[13] featuring Neoteric, Savage Skulls, Wax Motif, His Majesty Andre, Lazy Ants and Keith & Supabeatz. The album has been described as a return to their original style.

Bot left the group in October 2012. Phra continues to use the Crookers name as a solo project.[14]

Phra released a new track called ""Ghetto Guetta"" on the 22nd October 2013 on Ciao Recs, and released it on 29 October 2013 on Big & Dirty Recordings under license to the Be Yourself Catalogue.



2009Crookers Showcase[15]Avex Trax
Put Your Hands On Me[16]Avex Trax
2010Tons of Friends[17]Southern Fried Records
Tons of Remixes[18]Southern Fried Records
2011Dr Gonzo[19]Mad Decent
2015Sixteen ChapelDim Mak / Ciao Recs

EP and singles

YearArtistsTitleRelease dateLabel
2006CrookersEnd 2 EndOct, 2006P-House
2007CrookersAguas de ParcoMar 1, 2007Big Sur Recordings
CrookersMade in ItalyMay 1, 2007On The Brink
CrookersFunk Mundial #3May 18, 2007
Crookers feat. La Pisa & Mr. CockyLimonareJun 1, 2007P-House
Crookers vs. Il DeboscioLimonare vs. FrangettaJul 5, 2007Xnote S.r.l
CrookersMassiveSep 14, 2007Potty Mouth Music
Crook**s / T** ****** B****ootsTimberland BootsNov, 2007White Label
2008CrookersKnobbersJan 27, 2008Southern Fried Records
CrookersLove to EditFeb, 2008White Label
CrookersMad KidzJul 20, 2008Southern Fried Records
CrookersE.P.istolaJul 29, 2008Mad Decent
Kid Cudi vs. CrookersDay 'n' NiteDec 24, 2008Data Records
2009Crookers feat. Wiley & Thomas JulesBusiness ManAug 23, 2009Southern Fried Records
Crookers feat. Kardinal Offishall & Carla-MariePut Your Hands On MeOct 4, 2009
CrookersWhat Up Y'allOct 6, 2009Fool's Gold Records
Crookers feat. KelisNo SecurityNov 29, 2009Southern Fried Records
Crookers feat. Soulwax & MixhellWe Love AnimalsDec 10, 2009
2010Crookers feat. Fabri Fibra & Dargen D'AmicoFestaFeb 12, 2010
Crookers feat. Miike SnowRemedyFeb 28, 2010
Crookers feat. Róisín MurphyRoyal TMay 23, 2010
Crookers feat. YelleCooler CouleurAug, 2010La Musique Fait La Force
2011Crookers & Savage SkullsBust 'Em UpApr 10, 2011Southern Fried Records
Crookers & Savage SkullsBust 'Em Up RemixesAug 7, 2011
CrookersThe Gonzo AnthemJun 26, 2011
CrookersThe Gonzo Anthem RemixesAug 29, 2011
Crookers feat. Hudson Mohawke & CarliHummusNov 20, 2011
2012Guè Pequeno vs. CrookersR.E.B.Mar 20, 2012Universal Music Italia
Crookers with Style of Eye & CarliThat Laughing TrackApr 29, 2012Southern Fried Records
CrookersMassive (Remixed)May 22, 2012Potty Mouth Music
Fabri Fibra vs. CrookersL'Italiano BallaJun 29, 2012Universal Music Italia
Crookers with Neoteric & Wah MotifSpringerJul 9, 2012Southern Fried Records
CrookersBowserSep 4, 2012Fool's Gold Records
CrookersFrom Then Until NowOct 29, 2012Southern Fried Records
CrookersBig Booty BootlegNov 12, 2012Ciao Recs
Crookers & RVBRAPop That BootlegDec 4, 2012Ciao Recs
2013CrookersGiga / A Go GoFeb 19, 2013Ciao Recs
CrookersRemixed Part 1 - BangersMar 4, 2013Southern Fried Records
CrookersGhetto GuettaOct 22, 2013OWSLA / Ciao Recs
2014CrookersHeavyMar 25, 2014Ciao Recs
CrookersAble To MaximizeMay 6, 2014Ciao Recs
CrookersPicture ThisSept 9, 2014Ciao Recs
2015Crookers feat. JeremihI Just Can'tMarch, 2015Ciao Recs
Crookers & DJ FunkSkype MusicSept 25, 2015Ciao Recs

Music videos

2009"Put Your Hands on Me"Jonnie Malachi[21]
"No Security"Mattias Erik Johansson,
Henrik Qvarnström[22]
2010"Remedy"Paul Kamuf[23]
"Festa Festa"Danxzen[24]
2011"Bust 'Em Up"
"Hummus"Plastic Horse[25]
2012"That Laughing Track"Jerome Potter,
Johnny Woods
2013"Ghetto Guetta"Phra[26]
2014"Able To Maximize"Plastic Horse[27]
"Picture This"Plastic Horse[28]


2005Stylophonic"Baby Beat Box"
Stylophonic"We Got Some People In Da House"Stylophonic Meets the Crookers Mix
Jovanotti"Questo è Un Mondo Selvaggio"
2007Adam 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"
2008Azzido 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"
Kid Cudi"Day 'n' Nite"
Ludacris"Move Bitch"
Magik Johnson"The Bushman"
Moby"I Love to Move in Here"Crookers Crack Mix
Crookers Lemmesee Mix
Crookers Bass In Here 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"
2009Crookers 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"
2010Bad 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
2011Major Lazer feat. The Partysquad"Original Don"
Munchi feat. Mr. Lexx"Shottas"
2012Theophilus London"Stop It"
Isa GT"Alegria"
WAFA"Abandon Me"
Taku Inoue"F.F.Y.R. (Livemonitor)"
Chuckie & Junxterjack"Make Some Noise"
2013deadmau5 & Imogen Heap"Telemiscommunications"
TJR"Ode to Oi"
2014Young Thug"Stoner"
2015Yogi feat Pusha T"Burial"