Massiv

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Massiv
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Background information
Birth name Wasiem Taha
Born (1982-11-09) November 9, 1982 (age 31)
Pirmasens, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Origin Palestine
Genres Gangsta rap, Hip hop
Years active 2004 - present
Labels Horrorkore Entertainment (June–August 2006)
Al Massiva (Sony BMG) (2007)
Website massiv65.de

Wasiem Taha better known as Massiv (born 9 November 1982) is a German gangsta rapper of Palestinian origin, living in Berlin. During his early career Taha was signed to the label Horrorkore Entertainment, but later he left and signed to major label Sony BMG.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Taha was born in Pirmasens, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate near the French border. He is the son of Palestinian immigrants and has an older sister.

Taha had been influenced by hip-hop from an early age. He visited Berlin for the first time in 1996, where he would struggle to find a job having not finished school.[1]

2006: Early career and debut album[edit]

In July 2006 Taha's debut album, Blut gegen Blut, was released. On August 22, Taha left the label and signed to Sony BMG. Reasons for the separation were not mentioned.

The label has reportedly invested 250,000 euros into Taha's career.[2] Frankfurt-based rapper Azad said in an interview that he was interested to sign Taha onto his label, Bozz Music.[3]

Shooting[edit]

In January 2008, Taha was purportedly shot three times by a masked man while talking on a cell phone near his car. Taha was subsequently hospitalized and lost a lot of blood, but was apparently able to leave the hospital later that same night. It has been rumored[according to whom?] that the incident was part of a concerted marketing effort targeted at lending seeming criminal authenticity to European Gangsta rap.

Discography[edit]

Main article: Massiv discography

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Der palästinensische Gangsta-Rapper Massiv provoziert - Nachrichten Welt Print - DIE WELT". Welt.de. 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Massiv unterschreibt bei Sony BMG". 16bars.de. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  3. ^ "Neues vom Splash!". Rap.de. Retrieved 2014-04-20.