Kollegah

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Kollegah
Kollegah - 2014 - 1.jpg
Kollegah in 2014
Background information
Birth name Felix Martin Andreas Matthias Blume
Born (1984-08-03) August 3, 1984 (age 33)
Friedberg, Hesse, West Germany
Genres Hip-hop, rap
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2003–present
Labels Alpha Music Empire
Associated acts Farid Bang
Website www.kollegah.de

Felix Martin Andreas Matthias Blume (born 3 August 1984), better known as Kollegah is a German rapper. He is signed at his own Hip-Hop Label Alpha Music Empire. His style and demeanor is heavily based on gangsta rap. Kollegah is known for his punchlines, double time-ability, complex and polysyllabic rhyme structures.

Biography[edit]

1984–2005: Early life and career, RBA[edit]

Felix Blume's father is of Canadian descent and his mother of German descent. Blume was born in Friedberg, Hesse and grew up fatherless in Simmern. He made his Abitur 2005 on the Herzog-Johann-Gymnasium.[1]

Blume came in contact with Islam, because of his stepfather. With age 15, he converted to Islam and translated the book Death - Resurrection - Hell by Adnan Oktar. He stopped translating and started his rap-career under the pseudonym T.O.N.I. From December 2004 until May 2005 Kollegah participated in rap battles on the online platform Reimliga Battle Arena (RBA) and won 11 out of 14 evaluated battles.[2][3]

2005–2007: Selfmade Records, Zuhältertape and first studio album Alphagene[edit]

Blume released his first Mixtape Zuhältertape for free in 2005 and the re-release Zuhältertape X-Mas Edition on December 29, 2005 under Selfmade Records. In July 2006 Blume published his second Mixtape Boss der Bosse. He earned critics for his bad live performance in Splash! in 2006.[4] Blume's first studio album Alphagene was set to release in September 2007, but was postponed to November, because he was found guilty of owning drugs.[5] Alphagene peaked on 51[6] and sold over 20,000 copies.[7]

2008–2010: Kollegah, Chronik 2, Zuhältertape Volume 3, Jung, brutal, gutaussehend and Feud with Aggro Berlin[edit]

On 11 March 2009, Chronik 2 was released, an album featuring the Selfmade Records artists. The song "Westdeutschlands Kings" performed by Kollegah, Favorite and Farid Bang, targeted insults at Sido, Fler and Kitty Kat from Aggro Berlin.[8] In March, a song titled "Früher wart ihr Fans" was released by Fler, Kitty Kat and Godsilla as a reaction. In the song, they accuse Selfmade Records artists of having created the feud for the sole purpose of marketing their album; Kitty Kat also attacks Favorite by referring to the death of his parents, who died because of a fire while camping. Kollegah responded on 20 March with the song "Fanpost", calling Fler a "fat potato" and claims that he was penetrated with a carrot.[9] Fler responded with the song "Schrei nach Liebe", the chorus of which is heavily based on Die Ärzte's 1993 hit single "Schrei nach Liebe".[10]

On August 28, 2009 Blume released his second studio album Kollegah, which peaked at 17 in Germany[11], 48 in Switzerland[12] and sold over 20,000 copies.[7] Since 2009 Blume is studying law at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz.[13][14] In April 2009 Selfmade Records released their second label sampler with Kollegah, Favourite, Casper and Shiml. Three months later Blume released his first collaborative album with Farid Bang, called Jung, brutal, gutaussehend. In December Blume released the third part of his Zuhältertape-Series. A year later Selfmade released the a limited Box-Set with all three Zuhältertape's and the Hoodtape Volume 1.

2016–present: Antisemitism accusation, Imperator, physical attack on a fan, Legacy and JBG 3[edit]

In March 2016 Blume founded his own label Alpha Music Empire. The first signing was the rapper Seyed. His debut studio album Engel mit der AK peaked on number three of the German album charts.[15] On September 2, 2016 he announced his sixth studio album and first under his own label Imperator, which was released on December 9, 2016.[16] Imperator peaked at number one of the German, Austrian and Swiss album charts.[17][18][19] It also became his third solo album to receive a gold certificate.[20]

In November 2016 Blume released the documentation KOLLEGAH IN PALÄSTINA (Eine StreetCinema Dokumentation) on his YouTube Channel Bosshaft TV. He traveled through the Palestinian territories, visited the West Bank barrier, the refugee camp Al-Amari and supported a school.[21] The documentation started a controversy in the german rap-scene.[22][23]

On March 10 2017, Blume announced his first Best-Of Legacy and the "Kollegah Gold-Award", a compilation of all his albums released under Selfmade Records.[24] Eight days later, during a concert of his "Imperator"-Tour in Leipzig there was a violent incident onstage. As it's often the case with rap concerts, a rap battle between two spectators should be performed on the stage. One of the participant tried to grab Blume's sunglasses. As a result Blume shoved the man, kicked him and punched him in the face. A few hours later videos of the attack were uploaded to YouTube and Facebook.[25] An uninvolved person filed a lawsuit against Blume.[26][27] Legacy was released on July 14, 2017 and peaked on number two in Germany.

Jung Brutal Gutaussehend 3 was announced on September 8, 2017 and is set to be released on December 1, 2017.[28] In five days, over 27,000 limited Box-Sets were pre-ordered.[29]

Other ventures[edit]

Bosstransformation[edit]

In February 2014 Blume launched his own Fitness-Program named Bosstransformation. Two years later he launched the Bosstransformation 2, an updated version.

Discography[edit]

  • Alphagene (2007)
  • Kollegah (2008)
  • Bossaura (2011)
  • King (2014)
  • Imperator (2016)

Awards[edit]

  • 2008 Juice Awards 1st place in the category Newcomer National.[30]
  • 2009 Juice Awards des Hip-Hop-Magazins Juice 1st place in the category Album National for his mixtape/street album Zuhältertape Volume 3 and second place in the category Künstler National.[31]
  • 2014 German 1 Live Krone in the category Best Hip-Hop-Act for the single Du bist Boss[32]
  • 2014 German Webvideo-Preis in the categories Epic, AAA for the music video Armageddon [33]
  • 2014 German Webvideo-Preis in the category Newbie for his YouTube promotion announcement [33]
  • 2015 German Echo for Best Interactive Act and best act in the category Hiphop/Urban

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moment mal: Wie aus Protest PR wird". Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. 
  2. ^ "RBA V4 - 0.03". Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Niko Hüls: Die Akte Kollegah. in: Backspin Hip Hop Magazin. November 2007 (Interview mit Kollegah, Backspin 90; p. 40–42).
  4. ^ Davide Bortot (2007-11), "Heisser Herbst – Kollegah" (in German), Juice Magazin 
  5. ^ "Drogenhandel verdirbt Releasedate". August 31, 2007. Archived from the original on September 11, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Kollegah - Alphagene". Bundesverband Musikindustrie. November 30, 2007. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Jonas Lindemann (December 12, 2015). "Selfmade Records verraten Gesamtverkaufszahlen der Labelgeschichte". Hip-Hop.de. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ 12.03.2009: Aggro Diss: "Westdeutschlands Kings" – News (Downloads, Beef) Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Bassdraft (2008-12-31). Retrieved on 2011-10-24.
  9. ^ 20.03.2009: Kollegah: "Fanpost" (Fler Diss) – News (Downloads, Beef) Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Bassdraft (2009-03-20). Retrieved on 2011-10-24.
  10. ^ 23.03.2009: Fler: "Schrei nach Liebe" (Kollegah Diss) – News (Beef) Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Bassdraft (2009-03-23). Retrieved on 2011-10-24.
  11. ^ "Kollegah - Kollegah". Bundesverband Musikindustrie. September 12, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  12. ^ "KOLLEGAH - KOLLEGAH". 
  13. ^ "Bekannte Studierende der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität". Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  14. ^ Boris M. Peltonen (2013-05-17). "„Mütter durchnehmen ist mehr wert als Abitur"". N24. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  15. ^ "Seyed - Engel mit der Ak". 
  16. ^ Kollegah. "Imperator". Facebook. 
  17. ^ "Kollegah - Imperator". Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Kollegah - Imperator". IFAP. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Kollegah - Imperator". Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Search - Kollegah". Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  21. ^ Bosshaft TV (2016-11-29). "KOLLEGAH IN PALÄSTINA (Eine StreetCinema Dokumentation)". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  22. ^ Carsten Heidböhmer (2016-12-02). "Kollegah erntet heftige Kritik für Palästina-Doku". Stern. Archived from the original on 2017-09-10. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  23. ^ Konstantin Nowotny (2016-12-30). "Wie antisemitisch ist der deutsche Rap?". N24. Welt. Archived from the original on 2017-09-10. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  24. ^ Ilhan Bey (March 10, 2017). "Kollegah kündigt Best-Of Album „Legacy" und neues Mixtape für Juni an". Rap.de. Archived from the original on September 11, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  25. ^ TheGsGClan (2017-03-18). "[FULL] Kollegah schlägt Fan - Imperator Tour Leipzig 18.03.17". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  26. ^ "Anzeige gegen Kollegah nach Faustschlag beim Konzert". Berliner Morgenpost. March 19, 2017. Archived from the original on September 11, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Rapper Kollegah verpasst Fan Faustschlag ins Gesicht". Spiegel Online. March 19, 2017. Archived from the original on September 11, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  28. ^ Karo Hellmich (September 8, 2017). "Kollegah & Farid Bang: Der erste Videoblog zu "JBG 3" ist da". Hip-Hop.de. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  29. ^ Jonas Lindemann (September 11, 2017). ""JBG 3": Kollegah und Farid Bang verkünden erste "kranke" Vorverkaufszahlen". Hip-Hop.de. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  30. ^ Juice, Edition 03/2008, p. 28
  31. ^ Juice, Edition 03/2009, p. 28
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  33. ^ a b "Deutscher Webvideo-Preis vergeben". Süddeutsche.de. Retrieved 8 January 2016.