Fedez

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Fedez
Fedez in July 2015
Fedez in July 2015
Background information
Birth nameFederico Leonardo Lucia
Born (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 31)
Milan, Italy
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2006–present
Labels
Websitefedezofficial.com
Fedez's logo

Federico Leonardo Lucia (born 15 October 1989), better known by his stage name Fedez (Italian: [ˈfɛːdets]), is an Italian rapper, influencer, singer and songwriter. In 2011, he released the albums Penisola che non c'è and Il mio primo disco da venduto, released as free digital downloads. His first studio album, Sig. Brainwash – L'arte di accontentare, was released in 2013, and it debuted at number one on the Italian Albums Chart. The album, which spawned three singles, including the top 10 hit "Cigno nero" featuring Francesca Michielin, was later certified 3× Platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.

Biography[edit]

Federico Leonardo Lucia was born in Milan on 15 October 1989.[1][2] Before moving to Rozzano, he grew up between Buccinasco and Corsico, in the province of Milan.[3] He studied at the artistic lyceum, but he dropped out in his junior year.

Career[edit]

In 2011, Fedez recorded his first self-produced album with a budget of only €500, Penisola che non c'è.[4] The album, released as a free digital download, was entirely composed of songs about political and social issues.[4][5] Later in 2011, Fedez signed with the label Tanta Roba, founded by Guè Pequeno and DJ Harsh. The label produced his second free album, Il mio primo disco da venduto, released as a digital download in November of the same year.[6]

In June 2012, Fedez appeared in a new version of 883's song "Jolly Blue", included on the album Hanno ucciso l'Uomo Ragno 2012, recorded by the band's frontman Max Pezzali to celebrate the twentieth anniversary since the release of their first full-length album, Hanno ucciso l'Uomo Ragno.[7]

In January 2013, Fedez released his first single for a major label, "Si scrive schiavitù si legge libertà".[8] The song was later included in the album Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare, released by Sony Music on 5 March 2013.[9] The album was also preceded by the top ten single "Cigno nero", performed with Francesca Michielin, which was also certified platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.[10][11][12] The album debuted at number one on the Italian Albums Chart, and it was later certified triple platinum denoting sales exceeding 180,000 units.[13][14] To promote the album, Fedez embarked on a tour starting from 12 April 2013 in Turin.[15] The album also spawned the single "Alfonso Signorini (eroe nazionale)", whose music video features Italian TV personalities Alfonso Signorini and Raffaella Fico.[16]

In June 2013, Fedez was also a guest judge during the auditions of the seventh season of the Italian talent show X Factor.[17] In May 2013, it was announced that Fedez and Victoria Cabello would replace Elio and Simona Ventura as judges on the eighth season of the Italian version of X Factor alongside Morgan and Mika.[18] His fourth studio album, Pop-Hoolista, was released on 30 September 2014. Predeced by the single "Generazione boh", the record also includes duets with Malika Ayane, Francesca Michielin, Noemi, Elisa and J-Ax.[19] The album debuted atop the Italian Albums Chart, and it was certified gold one week after its release.[14][20]

In 2021, Fedez was one of the acts competing in the Sanremo Music Festival; dueting with long-time collaborator Francesca Michielin, the pair performed their song "Chiamami per nome" (Call me by my name) and finished second.[21] In the same year, Fedez also conducted the program LOL - Chi ride è fuori toghether with Mara Maionchi.[22]

In June of the same year he released "MILLE", a collaboration with Achille Lauro and Orietta Berti; the song peaked at #1 in Italy, giving Fedez his tenth number one song.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Fedez proposed to Chiara Ferragni, an Italian fashion blogger and entrepreneur, on 6 May 2017 during his concert in Verona. The concert and proposal were broadcast live on the Italian radio and TV channel RTL 102.5.[24] They have a son, Leone (born 19 March 2018), and a daughter, Vittoria (born 23 March 2021).[25] Fedez and Ferragni married in Noto, Sicily on 1 September 2018.[26]

Activism[edit]

In 2020, Fedez raised €3 million in 24 hours through a fundraiser with Chiara Ferragni to support the San Raffaele hospital in Milan during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy.[27]

Fedez is an avid supporter of LGBT rights. In 2021, right after a performance with Francesca Michielin at the First May Concert, the rapper interrupted the concert by reading a speech in defense of Ddl Zan, a proposed act to protect fragile groups from abuse (such as women, the disabled, and the LGBTQ+ community), reading homophobic quotes said by members of the Lega Nord faction, including Matteo Salvini, Simone Pillon [it], Giovanni De Paoli, Andrea Ostellari [it] and Alessandro Rinaldi.[28] Fedez also spoke about freedom of expression, accusing the apex of Rai3, Ilaria Capitani and Franco Di Mare, of having asked him to stop his speech because it was seen as "inappropriate in that context";[29] Rai3 denied the accusation of attempted censorship and Fedez published a phone call which, he states, shows the attempts of censorship by the network.[30]

Endorsements[edit]

Throughout his career, Fedez has endorsed multiple brands, including Puma, Samsung, Bershka, Intimissimi, Sisley and Yamamay.[31]

Discography[edit]

Fedez in concert in Riccione (2016)

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
ITA
[20]
SWI
[32]
Penisola che non c'è[5]
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD, download
92
Il mio primo disco da venduto
  • Released: 30 November 2011
  • Label: Tanta Roba, Best Sound
  • Format: CD, download
57
Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare
  • Released: 5 March 2013
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, download
1
Pop-Hoolista
  • Released: 30 September 2014
  • Label: Newtopia, Sony Music
  • Format: CD, download
1
  • FIMI: 4× Platinum[14]
Comunisti col Rolex
(with J-Ax)
  • Released: 20 January 2017
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, download
1 37
  • FIMI: 3× Platinum[14]
Paranoia Airlines
  • Released: 25 January 2019[33]
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: CD, download
1
[34]
3
  • FIMI: Platinum

EPs[edit]

Title EP details
Pat-a-Cake
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Funk Ya Mama
  • Format: CD
Diss-Agio
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Self-produced
  • Format: CD, download

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Album details
BCPT
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Blocco Recordz
  • Format: Download
Tutto il contrario Remixtape
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Harsh Times
  • Format: Download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak
position
Certification Album
ITA
[35]
SWI
[32]
"Si scrive schiavitù si legge libertà" 2013 11 Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare
"Dai cazzo Federico"
"Cigno nero" (featuring Francesca Michielin) 8
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum[36]
"Alfonso Signorini (eroe nazionale)" (with Elio) 32
"Nuvole di fango" (featuring Gianna Nannini) 9 Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare
(Diamond Edition)
"Generazione bho" 2014 15 Pop-Hoolista
"Magnifico" (featuring Francesca Michielin) 1
  • FIMI: 6× Platinum[36]
"L'amore eternit" (featuring Noemi) 2015 6
  • FIMI: 3× Platinum[36]
"21 grammi" 4
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum[36]
Pop-Hoolista Cosodipinto Edition
"Beautiful Disaster" (with Mika) 5
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum[36]
"Vorrei ma non posto" (with J-Ax) 2016 1
  • FIMI: 7× Platinum[36]
Comunisti col Rolex
"Assenzio" (with J-Ax featuring Stash and Levante) 1
  • FIMI: 4× Platinum[36]
"Comunisti col Rolex" (with J-Ax) 21
"Piccole cose" (with J-Ax featuring Alessandra Amoroso) 2017 3
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum[36]
"Senza pagare" (with J-Ax featuring T-Pain) 1 52
  • FIMI: 8× Platinum[36]
"Sconosciuti da una vita" (with J-Ax) 2
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum[36]
"Italiana" (with J-Ax) 2018 1 20
  • FIMI: 3× Platinum[36]
Non-album single
"Prima di ogni cosa" 1 31 Paranoia Airlines
"Che cazzo ridi" (with Tedua featuring Trippie Redd) 2019 2
[37]
"Holding Out for You" (featuring Zara Larsson) 4
[38]
"Le feste di Pablo" (with Cara) 2020 1
[39]
TBA
"Problemi con tutti" 2
  • FIMI: Gold
"Bimbi per strada (Children)"
(with Robert Miles)
4 81
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum[36]
"Bella storia" 7
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum
"Chiamami per nome"
(with Francesca Michielin)
2021 1 19
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum[36]
Feat (Fuori dagli spazi)
"Mille"
(with Achille Lauro & Orietta Berti)
1 43 TBA
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak
position
Certification Album
ITA
[40]
"Sembra semplice" (feat. J-Ax) 2013 88 Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare
"ensavo fosse amore e invece..." (feat. Gué Pequeno) 35
"Faccio brutto" 93
"Cambia" 68 Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare
(Diamond Edition)
"Faccio brutto" 53
"Sirene" (con Malika Ayane) 2014 39 Pop-Hoolista
"Il giorno e la notte" (con J-Ax feat. Giusy Ferreri) 2017 36 Comunisti col Rolex
"Senza pagare" (con J-Ax) 48
"Fratelli di paglia" (con J-Ax) 49
"Tutto il mondo è periferia" (con J-Ax) 61
"Milano intorno" (con J-Ax) 64
"L'Italia per me" (con J-Ax feat. Sergio Sylvestre) 56
"Musica del cazzo" (con J-Ax) 67
"Cuore nerd" (con J-Ax feat. Alessia Cara) 44
"Anni luce" (con J-Ax feat. Nek) 58
"Meglio tardi che noi" (con J-Ax feat. Arisa) 32
"Allergia" (con J-Ax feat. Loredana Bertè) 66
"Pieno di stronzi" (con J-Ax) 87
"Favorisca i sentimenti" (con J-Ax) 3 Comunisti col Rolex - Multiplatinum Edition
"TVTB"
(featuring Dark Polo Gang)
2019 1 Paranoia Airlines
"Kim & Kanye"
(featuring Emis Killa)
10
"FuckTheNoia"
(featuring Annalisa)
31
"Amnesia" 38
"Paranoia Airlines" 47
"Record" 48
"Sfregi e difetti" 67
"L'una per l'alcol" 85
"Così" 94

Featured in[edit]

Title Year Peak
position
Certification Album
ITA
[41]
"Bocciofili"
(Dargen D'Amico featuring Fedez & Mistico)
2013 Vivere aiuta a non morire
"La cassa dritta"
(Two Fingerz featuring Fedez)
Two Fingerz V
"Seven"
((Caneda featuring J-Ax, Fedez, Gemitaiz,
Rocco Hunt, Baby K & Emis Killa))
2015 non-album single
"One Last Time"
(Ariana Grande featuring Fedez)
6
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum[36]
My Everything - Italian Edition

Filmography[edit]

Film and television appearances showing year, title, role played and notes
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Zeta: Una storia hip hop Jab Film
2017 Un passo dal cielo Himself (fictional version) Recurring role (season 4)
2019 Chiara Ferragni: Unposted Himself Documentary
2020 Celebrity Hunted: Caccia all'uomo Himself Reality show (season 1); 6 episodes
2021 2021 Sanremo Music Festival Himself Annual music festival, 2nd place
LOL - Chi ride è fuori Himself/ Host Reality show (season 1–present)
2021 Space Jam: A New Legacy Voice role (Italian dub)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Work Result
2013 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Italian Act[42] Himself Nominated
Italian MTV Awards InstaVIP Award[43] Himself Won
Superman Award[44] Himself Nominated
2015 Lunezia Award Pop-Rap Award[45] Pop-Hoolista Won
MTV Europe Music Awards[46] Best Italian Act Himself Nominated

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