Italian production duo Crookers, aka Francesco "Phra" Barbaglia and Andrea "Bot" Fratangelo, formed in 2003 and first began remixing tracks by AC/DC
, Armand Van Helden
, and N.E.R.D.
They achieved their big breakthrough in 2009 when they hooked up with U.S.
rapper Kid Cudi
on the U.K. number two hit "Day n' Nite," and after signing to Interscope
a year later, they released Tons of Friends, a collaborative studio album featuring the likes of Kelis
, and will.i.am
. After returning to their underground roots with 2011's more low-key Dr. Gonzo, Bot left the group to pursue a solo career, leaving Phra to carry on the Crookers name alone. The album Sixteen Chapel followed in 2015 and featured the single "I Can't Wait" with vocalist Jeremih
. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi