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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, Eko Fresh, Ceza, Killa Hakan|
"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.
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".
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.
With his record label, Savas tried to build up other artists.
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.
Essah Entertainment (2010-present)
In 2010, Savas founded the label Essah Entertainment.
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
- 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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