Fler

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Fler
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Fler in Magdeburg on September, 20. 2011
Background information
Birth name Patrick Losensky
Also known as Frank White
Born (1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 32)
Berlin, Germany
Genres Hip-Hop
Years active 1999-present
Labels Aggro Berlin (2003-09)
Maskulin (2011-present)
Associated acts Bushido, Kay One, Sido, B-Tight, Silla, French Montana, Juelz Santana, Jihad & Silla

Patrick Losensky (born 3 April 1982) better known as Fler is a German rapper.[1] He also uses the pseudonym Frank White after the character in King of New York.

He became known in the German hip hop scene through his collaboration on Carlo, Cokxxx, Nutten and Bushido's album Vom Bordstein bis zur Skyline.

Life and career[edit]

1982-2000: Early life[edit]

Losensky grew up in West Berlin without knowing his father. He has stated that he had problems in school, not because of his grades, but because of his behavior. At the age of 15, he went to a psychiatric hospital because of a panic attack. He was later institutionalized. During his stay, he began an apprenticeship as a painter and decorator, where he met Bushido and both became friends, but later he broke off this pursuit. Fler made a name for himself in the Berlin graffiti scene. Fler, who describes himself as hyperactive, saw a career as a rapper as an escape from crime and financial difficulties.

2001-2004: Early career and Carlo, Cokxxx, Nutten[edit]

In October 2002, he became known through his collaboration with Bushido on Carlo, Cokxxx, Nutten (under the pseudonyms "Sonny Black" and "Frank White"). The contest of most of the song from the album revolves around the life in the ghetto, where both rappers thermes drug dealing, prostitution and gun violence. Because of the gloomy production and samples Carlo, Cokxxx, Nutten is widely regarded as one of the influential German hip hop albums.

In 2003, Fler had been featured on six songs on Bushido's album Vom Bordstein bis zur Skyline and signed to Aggro Berlin as fourth artists in October. His debut single, "Aggroberlina" (released 2004) hit #59 on the German charts.

In 2004, Bushido left Aggro Berlin after a dispute and formed his own label, ersguterjunge. He offered Fler to join him, who decided to stay at Aggro Berlin.

2004-2006: Neue Deutsche Welle[edit]

Fler released his first solo album Neue Deutsche Welle, on 1 May 2005. The first single was "NDW 2005", with a sample of Falco's hit single "Rock Me Amadeus".[2] Due to supposed right-wing extremist lyrics, the album was very controversial.

In 2006, he released a second solo album entitled Trendsetter. The first single "Papa ist zurück" reached in Germany number 23 and in Austria number 32. The second single "Cüs Junge" was not very sucesessful, it reached in Germany number 50 and in Austria number 75.

2007-2008: Airmax Muzik and Fremd im eignen Land[edit]

On 2 February 2007, Fler released his mixtape Airmax Muzik, which included disstracks and two music videos for the songs "Was is Beef?" and "Das is los!". In April 2007 some dates on the Airmax Muzik-Tour were canceled due to illness.

On 25 January 2008, Fler released his third solo album Fremd im eignen Land. He explained in an interview that after the release of the controversial and the Nazi reproachfulness in Neue Deutsche Welle, this time around he wanted to emphasize technique and flow instead of provocative lyrics. The first single "Deutscha Bad Boy", released the 11 January and reached place 16 in the single-charts. In the second week the song placed the 31 place of the hitparade. In the first week the album reached place 7. It stayed six weeks in the top-100. The second single "Warum bist du so?" (released 29 February), reached place 61 and stayed three weeks in the top-100 of the single charts.[3]

2008-2009: Südberlin Maskulin, Fler and Carlo, Cokxxx, Nutten 2[edit]

Later in 2008 he released the album Südberlin Maskulin (a reference to Westberlin Maskulin) together with Godsilla. For Godsilla this was the most successful release of his career. In Germany the album reached place 22 and in Switzerland #81 and sold over 15000 copies. The only single was "Ich bin ein Rapper".[4]

On March 27, 2009, he released his fourth solo album Fler. The singles were: "Check mich aus" and "Ich sing nicht mehr für dich". After the release, he left Aggro Berlin and the label closed down on 1 April.

Bushido contaced Fler, shortly after the closing of Aggro Berlin, wanting to end their feud. They officially showed their reconciliation with a photo shooting and an interview for Bravo HipHop Special.[5] The only single "Eine Chance/Zu Gangsta", off their collabo album Carlo, Cokxxx, Nutten 2, released on 28 August 2009 and reached #26 in Germany and Austria. The album Carlo, Cokxxx, Nutten 2 released on September 11. It reached succesessful #3 in the Media Control Charts.[6] "Honestly I've never believed it. With all that competetion... and totaly without digital release...without big promotion", wrote Bushido on the album's website.[6]

2010-2011: Flersguterjunge, Berlins Most Wanted reunion, Airmax Muzik II, Im Bus Ganz Hinten and Südberlin Maskulin II[edit]

Fler's fifth album titled Flersguterjunge released on June 2010 over ersguterjunge. Lead single "Das alles ist Deutschland" (feat. Bushido and Sebastian Krumbiegel from Die Prinzen), released on June 4. The music video for the song had released the day before as premier on the internet. "Schwer erziehbar 2010" released as second digital single.[7]

In October, re-formed Fler together with Bushido and Kay One rap group Berlins Most Wanted, that had been founded in 2001 by King Orgasmus, Bass Sultan Hengzt and Bushido. On October 22, released the groups album titled Berlins Most Wanted. It reached in the German charts #2. The only single also titled "Berlins Most Wanted" reached in Germany #31 and in Austria #57.[8]

On February 11, 2011 the song "Nie an mich geglaubt", from his 6th album Airmax Muzik II, leaked as digital single with inclusive two remixes, an instrumental version and the video on the internet for downloading. The video was shoot in New York City and celebrated already on January 28 online premiere. The single entered for during one week on #64 in the German charts.[9]

Airmax Muzik II released on April 8 over Fler's record label Maskulin. The album ranked on the 17th calendar week of 2011 (25 April - 1 May) on #6 in the charts.[10] The Premium Edition features two bonus songs and an 30 minutes long DVD, about the rapper's childhood. It features also private photos and footages from his childhood, and interviews with his stepfather, Shizoe, Silla and others.[11] On March he released "Minutentakt" as his second single which video leaked on Maskulin TV as a premiere. He has also released his sixth and seventh albums respectively, Südberlin Maskulin II was released on 9.03.2012 with Im Bus Ganz Hinten following suit respectively on the 16.09.2011.

2012-present: Hinter Blauen Augen, Blaues Blut and Maskulin Mixtape Vol. 3[edit]

Fler's eighth solo album Hinter blauen Augen was released on 2 November 2012 and reached number 3 in Germany. Music videos were made for the songs Nummer 1, Hinter blauen Augen, La Vida Loca and Du bist es wert . The single Nummer 1 is also to number 92 in the German charts. 8 February 2013 appeared the single Barack Osama, five days before the music video on YouTube.[12] A single instrumental and a remix version with the rappers Silla and G-Hot is available. The single rose to number 68 in the German charts. On 19 April 2013 appeared the ninth solo album by rapper,Blaues Blut on Maskulin, Also reached position 3 on the German charts[13] For the songs Barack Osama, Pheromone, Echte Männer and Chrome, videos were shot. The music video for Chrome was filmed by the French director Chris Macari.

Business ventures[edit]

Psalm 23[edit]

In March 2010 Fler opened his clothing store "Psalm 23", in Berlin-Wilmersdorf. The shop was later renamed Flerstore. In December 2011 it was closed after an announcement that the clothing line and merchandising articles would only be sold online in the future.[14][15]

Controversy[edit]

Attack on Fler[edit]

On 27 September 2007, after being co-host at the MTV TRL: Urban show, at 18:00 PM Fler was attacked by three unknown men armed with knives, but one of his bodyguards was able to hold them off, while Fler left through the rear entrance. Nobody was harmed.[16] Days later Fler commented on the attack: "There probably exist people for which I am more than an eyesore. That was a cowardly action which had nothing to do with rap."

Feuds[edit]

Eko Fresh[edit]

In 2004, Eko Fresh released his diss track "Die Abrechnung", that mainly attacks Kool Savas, but also referend to various German rappers, including Bushido, Sido and Fler.[17]

In December 2004, released Fler his controversial diss track "Hollywoodtürke" mocking Eko Fresh as a "wanna be gangster" and also referenced label Royal Bunker and Bushido.

Big Derill, Marcus Staiger and Boba Fettt of Royal Bunker responded with "Wer? Fler?"[18] and Eko Fresh with "FLERräter", a track from his mixtape Fick noch immer deine Story, that also features Bushido.[19] The feud continued as Fler and B-Tight disses Eko Fresh on the track "Du Opfer".

Eko Fresh released in 2006 a diss song titled "F.L.E.R." poking fun at Fler, over the beat of his single "L.O.V.E.".[20] Fler responds on his 2007 mixtape Airmax Muzik, on some tracks. Since then both rappers kept quiet for a long time. In 2011, Fler name dropped Eko Fresh in his song "Autopsie", from Airmax Muzik II. Following that, Eko Fresh tweeted with irony to his fans, to buy Fler's album and called the song "whack".[21]

Bushido[edit]

Kollegah[edit]

Fler and Kollegah began to rival in 2008, after Kollegah said that the commercial dominance of Aggro Berlin was over and he was going to sell more copies of his album Kollegah, than Fler and Godsilla, whose album Südberlin Maskulin was scheduled for release on the same day. Fler reacted by attacking him in an interview. Kollegah then released a song titled "Hero", where he aimed some disses at Fler and Aggro Berlin.[22]

On March 11, 2009 the artists of label Selfmade Records released Chronik 2. It features the track "Westdeutschlands Kings" by Kollegah, Favorite and Farid Bang, an diss track aimed at Sido, Fler and Kitty Kat.[23]

On March 13, 2009 Fler, Kitty Kat and Godsilla released their answer titled "Früher wart ihr Fans", where they claimed that Selfmade Records created the feud purely to market themselves. Kitty Kat attacks Favorite calling him "Gayvorite" and referenced to his deceased partents, who died in a car accident when Favorite was 12 years old.[24] Fler mocks at Kollegah and his label.

On March 20, released Kollegah his response titled "Fanpost", where he insulted Fler calling him "fat potato" and mocked him claiming that he was penetrated with a carrot.[25] Fler responds with the song titled "Schrei nach Liebe", that based on the hit song "Schrei nach Liebe" performed by Die Ärzte.[26] Since then both rappers were quiet for a while, near an year. In 2011, Fler name dropped Kollegah in his song "Autopsie".[27]

In 2013, after the release of Kollegah and Farid Bang's collaboration album Jung, brutal, gutaussehend 2, released Fler a track, called "Mut zur Hässlichkeit", where he makes fun of their images and also imitates them.[28]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fler - Biography
  2. ^ Michael Custodis, Tadel verpflichtet. Indizierung von Musik und ihre Wirkung, in: No Time for Losers. Charts, Listen und andere Kanonisierungen in der Populären Musik (= ASPM Beiträge zur Popularmusikforschung 36), hg. von Dietrich Helms und Thomas Phleps, transcript Bielefeld 2008, ISBN 978-3-89942-983-1
  3. ^ de:Fremd im eigenen Land (Album)#Erfolg
  4. ^ de:Südberlin Maskulin#Charterfolg & Singles
  5. ^ Bravo HipHop Special, July 2009
  6. ^ a b http://www.carlocokxxxnutten.de/
  7. ^ de:Flersguterjunge#Charterfolg & Singles
  8. ^ de:Berlins Most Wanted
  9. ^ Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche - musicline.de
  10. ^ Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche - musicline.de
  11. ^ Airmax Muzik 2 • Fler (Review) - Paperblog
  12. ^ http://www.amazon.de/Barack-Osama-Fler/dp/B00B23Z0ZY
  13. ^ Blue blood DE # 3
  14. ^ de:Fler#Diskografie
  15. ^ SüdberlinMaskulin
  16. ^ ^ http://www.mtv.de/article/843374-aggro-berlin-fler-nach-angriff-bei-mtv-unverletzt.html
  17. ^ Eko Fresh – laut.de – Band
  18. ^ ROYALBUNKER /audio
  19. ^ Bushido und Eko: Flerräter - Hiphop.de
  20. ^ EGJ Eko Fresh - Diss gegen Fler F.L.E.R - YouTube
  21. ^ Eko Fresh macht sich über Fler lustig: “Bitte kauft euch alle Airmax Muzik, ein gutes Stück Imagerap” | hiphopholic.de Hip Hop Portal
  22. ^ de:Kollegah (Album)#Vermarktung
  23. ^ Bassdraft - 12.03.2009: Aggro Diss: "Westdeutschlands Kings" - News (Downloads, Beef)
  24. ^ de:Chronik 2#Auseinandersetzung mit Aggro Berlin
  25. ^ Bassdraft - 20.03.2009: Kollegah: "Fanpost" (Fler Diss) - News (Downloads, Beef)
  26. ^ Bassdraft - 23.03.2009: Fler: "Schrei nach Liebe" (Kollegah Diss) - News (Beef)
  27. ^ "Air Max Muzik II" von Fler – laut.de – Album
  28. ^ http://meinrap.de/2013/02/27/fler-mut-zur-hasslichkeit-jbg-audio/

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