Kool Savas in 2010
|Birth name||Savaş Yurderi|
|Also known as||King Kool Savas (KKS), Juks, Jux, S.A.V., Essah|
February 10, 1975 |
Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
|Genres||German hip hop|
|Associated acts||M.O.R., Azad, Samy Deluxe, Lumidee, 40 Glocc, Ying Yang Twins|
"Savaş" is the Turkish word for "war".
Born in Aachen, Germany to a German mother and a Turkish father, Savas' family moved back to Turkey when he was one year old. His father, who is from Çorum, Turkey, was arrested because of his political posture against the government in Turkey, and as a result of his father's arrest, his mother was forced to return to Aachen with Savas. By 1987, his father was released and the entire family was reunited and relocated to Berlin. It was in Berlin where Savas first came across Hip Hop music.
Savas lived with his girlfriend, Melbeatz, in Berlin for an extended amount of time. As a result, the majority of Savas' beats were produced by her. Savas and Melbeatz are no longer together.
Early career (2000-2002)
Savas started his rap career with the EP Warum rappst du, containing rather provocative lyrics in songs such as "L.M.S.", "Schwule Rapper" and "Pimplegionär". He first started under the name Juks and rapped mostly in English. He became successful through rap group Masters of Rap and one half of hip hop duo Westberlin Maskulin.
In 2001, he and all of the M.O.R. members left label Put Da Needle To Da Records, because of personal and artistic differences. Additional a diss track, titled "Track gegen Peter" (with Germany), released shortly afterwards against label boss Peter Sreckovic. In the track Savas gave reason for his exit and accused Sreckovic of keeping back his well earned money.
Optik Records (2002-2009)
Beginning in 2002, he founded his own label, Optik Records, where he released his first solo album titled Der beste Tag meines Lebens, for which he won a Comet award. For the album, Savas worked together with several domestic and foreign musicians including Azad, Samy Deluxe, Kurupt, 40 Glocc, Dem Franchize Boyz, Lumidee, RZA, Moses Pelham, J-Luv, Bligg, Jadakiss, Royce da 5'9", Xavier Naidoo, Mobb Deep, Ying Yang Twins and Illmatic. The album sold over 90,000 copies worldwide.
In 2004, Savas released his first mixtape, "Kool Savas goes Hollywood" which was later made available as free online download.
Since early 2005, Savas has been supporting the efforts of his younger brother Sinan, his cousin Dimi and his brother-in-law Igor in their blooming rap careers.
In 2005, he released his mixtape titled "Die John Bello Story". It was the most successful mixtape in Europe in 2005 and also Savas' best to date at over 60,000 sold copies. In the same year he produced the album "One", together with Azad. The hit single "All 4 One" peaked at 4 in the German Top 100 Singles.
In 2006, Savas released the label sampler "Optik Takeover", a collaboration with several other artists signed to Optik Records. Also in 2006, he released an album with Optik Schweiz, the Swiss counterpart of Optik Records, titled "Wer Hatz Erfunden".
His second solo album, Tot oder Lebendig (eng. Dead or Alive), was released in 2007 and proved to be successful at 50,000 sold copies.
Savas released the sequel mixtape "Die John Bello Story 2" in 2008. He then went on to release an updated version labeled the "Brainwash Edition".
In July 2008, Savas announced that Optik Records will shut down after the final tour in 2009 due to financial difficulties. In February 2009, Optik Records ceased operations following the last concert in Berlin.
In 2009, he released the EP "Was hat S.A.V. da vor" with the Hip Hop Magazine Juice. The same year saw the release of a collaboration album with Optik Russia which was called "New Russian Standard".
Essah Entertainment (2010-present)
In 2010, Savas founded the label Essah Entertainment. The first album to be released on the new label was "Die John Bello Story 3" on March 12, 2010 which sold roughly 50,000 copies. The album featured fellow rappers Ying Yang Twins, Azad, Curse, Olli Banjo, Ercandize, Moe Mitchell, Amar, Franky Kubrick, Kaas, MoTrip, Sinan, Tua, Vega, Kitty Kat, Laas Unltd. and more.
His 2011 album Aura included a single with the same name and a song featuring Xavier Naidoo, titled LMS 2012. In May 2012, Savas announced a collaborative album with Xavier Naidoo titled Gespaltene Persönlichkeit under the alias "Xavas" scheduled for release in Germany on September 21, 2012. The tracklist was announced in August 2012, containing a total of 15 tracks
In 2002, Eko Fresh and Savas began to dispute. Eko Fresh left the label and continued his career without his colleague. He released "Die Abrechnung", a song which spoke out against Kool Savas and other German rappers. Savas replied with "Das Urteil", which also became a hit song.
- 2002: Der beste Tag meines Lebens
- 2004: Die besten Tage sind gezählt
- 2007: Tot oder Lebendig
- 2011: Aura
- Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Kool Savas". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "Kool Savas & Xavier Naidoo bringen XAVAS im September 2012". hiphop.de (German). May 7, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "Kool Savas & Xavier Naidoo Gespaltene Persönlichkeit". hiphop.de (German). Retrieved August 21, 2012.
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