Eko Fresh

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Eko Fresh
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Background information
Birth name Ekrem Bora
Also known as Eko Freezy
Born (1983-09-03) 3 September 1983 (age 34)
Cologne, West Germany
Origin Mönchengladbach, Germany
Cologne, Germany
Genres German hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper and Songwriter
Labels Optik Records (Early 2002-late 2002)
German Dream Entertainment
ersguterjunge (2006-2008)
Associated acts Summer Cem, Killa Hakan, Ceza

Ekrem Bora (born September 3, 1983), better known by his stage names Eko Fresh or Elektro Eko, is a German rapper of Turkish descent.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Bora was born in Cologne and grew up in Mönchengladbach, raised by his single mother, a postal worker.[2] He began rapping at age 14 and eventually dropped out of school in tenth grade. Afterwards, he found work in a shoe store.[1]

Wrestling[edit]

The German Stampede Wrestling, a professional wrestling promotion based in Cologne, featured him.[3] He had wrestling matches in promotional events including Night in Motion X, Southern Conflict II, X-Limits, Battlefield 2008 and Northern Night since 2007.[4]

Kool Savas[edit]

A feud started in 2004 with his song "Die Abrechnung", where he criticised his former mentors Kool Savas, Optik Records, Bushido and Aggro Berlin.[5][6] The song was controversial among the German rap scene and after its release, Eko Fresh engaged in conflicts with other rappers. Many rappers replied to "Die Abrechnung", including Illmatic with "4Eko" and Fler with "Hollywoodtürke". Rappers from Optik Records also reacted: Caput with "Ich geb n fuck" and Ercandize with "Verdanken".[5][citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Eko Fresh has released nine studio albums, two collaboration albums, three extended plays, three compilation albums, 18 singles (including three singles as featured artist) and 45 free tracks.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales
GER AUT SWI
2003 Ich bin jung und brauche das Geld
  • Released: November 3, 2003
  • Label: Subword (Sony Music Austria)
  • Formats: Audio CD
16
2006 Hart(z) IV
  • Released: June 23, 2006[7]
  • Label: Subword
  • Formats: Audio CD
24 70
2007 Ekaveli
  • Released: November 23, 2007[citation needed]
  • Label: ersguterjunge/Sony BMG
  • Formats: CD
100
2010 Was kostet die Welt?
  • Released: June 25, 2010
  • Label: Seven Days Music (Sony Music)[8]
  • Formats: CD
36 97
2011 Ekrem
  • Released: September 2, 2011
  • Label: Seven Days Music (Sony Music
  • Formats: CD
5 33 15
2012 Ek To The Roots
  • Released: August 31, 2012
  • Label: SONY (Sony Music)
  • Formats: CD
3 10 4
2013 Eksodus
  • Released: August 23, 2013
  • Label: SONY (Sony Music)
  • Formats: CD
1 6 2
2014 Deutscher Traum
  • Released: November 14, 2014
  • Label: 99999 (Groove Attack)
  • Formats: CD
6 10 7
2016 Freezy
  • Released: April 22, 2016
  • Label: GoodToGo
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 14 13

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Sales
GER AUT SWI
2001 Jetzt kommen wir auf die Sachen
2003 König von Deutschland
2005 Eko Fresh Presents German Dream Allstars 56
Elektro Eko: Fick deine Story
Elektro Eko: Fick immer noch deine Story

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
GER AUT SWI
2003 "Ich bin jung und brauche das Geld"
(feat. G-Style)
5 29 Ich bin jung und brauche das Geld
2004 "Die Abrechnung"
2006 "Gheddo"
(feat. Bushido)
15 40 Hart(z) IV
"Ek Is Back"
(feat. G-Style)
32
2007 "Ring frei"
(feat. Bushido)
64 Ekaveli
2010 "Königin der Nacht / Arschloch"
(feat. Cetin)
94 Was kostet die Welt?
2011 "Jenseits von Eden"
(feat. Nino de Angelo)
64 Ekrem
2012 "Diese Zwei"
(feat. Bushido)
35 53 46 Ek to the Roots
2013 "Guten Morgen"
(feat. Julian Williams)
57 74 62 Eksodus
"Quotentürke" 56
2014 "Joko Diss"
(feat. Frauenarzt, Manny Marc & Bass Sultan Hengzt)
24 18 35 non-album track
"U-Bahn Ficker"
(feat. Joko & Klaas)
51 Deutscher Traum
"Gheddo Reloaded"
(feat. Sido)
74

Collaboration singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
GER AUT SWI
2003 "Dünya Dönüyor"
(with Azra)
Dünya Dönüyor – Die Welt dreht sich
2004 "Ich will dich"
(with Valezka feat. Joe Budden)
57 L.O.V.E. (Life of Valezka & Eko)
"L.O.V.E."
(with Valezka)
16
"Eigentlich schön"
(with Azra feat. Chablife & Philippe)
Dünya Dönüyor – Die Welt dreht sich

Free tracks[edit]

Year Title Notes Length
2003 "Renexekution" Reen (formerly MC Rene) diss track
Contains a sample of "Born, Never Asked" by Laurie Anderson[9][10]
2004 "Gegensätze ziehen sich an" (Opposites attract)
(feat. Bushido)
"Die Abrechung" (The reckoning)
"Mein Block" (Remix) (My block) Instrumental of "Mein Block" by Sido
2005 "Nette Kanaken" (Nice wogs)
(feat. Chablife)
"I Need a Girl"
(feat. G-Style & Caput)
"Die Bestrafung" (The punishment)
(feat. Summer Cem & SDiddy)
2006 "Mir steht die Rolex"
"F.L.E.R." Fler diss track
Instrumental of "L.O.V.E" by Eko Fresh & Valezka
"Hart hier draußen für´n Stenz"
"Für HipHop.de" (For Hiphop.de)
(feat. G-Style)
Released on the web site Hiphop.de
Aggro Berlin diss track
"Warum?" (Why?)
(feat. Summer Cem, Farid Urlaub & J-Luv)
"Landsleute" (Farmers)
(feat. Summer Cem)
"Schlag Alarm" (Give the alarm)
(feat. Ramsi Aliani)
"Hartz 1"
(feat. Capkekz & SD)
2007 "Eksclusive"
"Toy Soldier" Instrumental of "Like Toy Soldiers" by Eminem
"EkAttack"
(feat. Hakan Abi)
"Vielen Dank" (Thank you very much)
(feat. Hakan Abi)
2008 "200 Bars" (200 bars) Instrumental of "Shook Ones Part 2" by Mobb Deep 9:17
"Alles oder nichts" (All or nothing)
(feat. Kay One)
"Es ist hart" (It's hard)
(feat. Ado)
"Wir killen" (We killing)
(feat. Ado & Hakan Abi)
"16 Bars Exclusive"
(feat. Capkekz, Summer Cem, Farid Bang & Ice H)
"Ich steh zu meinem Wort"
"Ich bleibe hier" (I stay here)
(feat. Intikam)
"Mein Lifestyle" (My lifestyle)
"Hollywood Türke" (Hollywood Turk)
"Weil der Himmel weint" (Because heaven cries)
(feat. Sharief)
"Pimp der Branx"
"Cologne State of Mind"
"Harte Zeiten" (Hard times)
(feat. Crazy Kanaks)
"6 Meter 90"
(feat. JokA)
2009 "Grembranxshop Exclusive"
"Mein Präsident steht auf"
(feat. Summer Cem)
"Ich bin weg von Bushido" (I am away from Bushido)
"germandreamer.de-Exklusive"
(feat. Capkekz & Hakan Abi)
"DBD"
(feat. Sentino)
"Changes"
(feat. Sentino)
"24 Bars Exklusive"
"Day ’n Nite" (Remix)
"Wo ich bleib" (Where I stay)
(feat. El Chicko & Ado)
"Space Is on"
"Mickey Rourke"
"Was weißt Du davon" (What do you know about)
(feat. Sharief & Farid Bang)
2010 "Angie"
"Der Einspruch" (The appeal) Instrumental of "Das Urteil" by Kool Savas
"Wavin’ Flag" (Remix)
"Sachen gibt’s" (Things exist)
"Leg das Mic weg" (Put the mic away)
"Mach ’n Taui"
(feat. PA Sports)
"Keinen Swagger wie ich" Instrumental of "They Don't Care About Us" by Michael Jackson 2:36
"Americano Mix" Remix of "We No Speak Americano" by Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP 4:30
"I Need a Dollar" Remix of "I Need a Dollar" by Aloe Blacc
"Over the Rainbow" Remix of "Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, original by Judy Garland 5:04
2011 "300 Bars" 13:05
"500 Bars" 22:20
2012 "Schalt die Cam an" (Turn the cam on)
(Ill-yes & Aymen feat. Eko Fresh)
"Scheibenwischer an"
"700 Bars"
(prod. by Phat Crispy)
Used samples:
Part 1: "Make Me Say It Again Girl" by The Isley Brothers
Part 2: "Wildflower" by Hank Crawford
Part 4: "Rock On" by Funkdoobiest
30:02
2014 "Handys runter Hände hoch" (Mobile phones down hands in the hair)
(feat. MoTrip) (prod. by Isy B)
"WTF"
(feat. Massiv)

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