|Capital:||€ 10 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of wealth:||rapper|
Kollegah, real name Felix Martin Andreas Matthias Blume, is a German rapper and owner of the music label “Alpha Music Empire”. Musically, he is known for his clever word games, punchlines and rhyming chains. His rap style can be assigned to gangsta rap, although in the beginning he referred to his music as a “pimp rap”. A striking stylistic device from Kollegah is the plump and luxurious appearance of his image. With a certain irony, he embodies certain stereotypes like the boss of a criminal organization. In terms of content, his texts deliberately focus on provocative border crossing and breaking taboos.
Kollegah was born on August 3, 1984 in Friedberg, Hesse. He was raised almost entirely by his mother alone and grew up in the Hunsrück, where he also attended the Herzog-Johann-Gymnasium. He was already artistically active in his school days and took part in various painting competitions. Thanks to his Algerian stepfather, Kollegah fully converted to Islam at the age of 15. According to his statement, his current artist pseudonym is also due to his stepfather. After school, Kollegah worked as a translator, but he gave up this job in 2003 because he wanted to focus on his rap career. From 2004 to 2005 Kollegah appeared on the online Battlerap platform RBA where he played various battles. There he was active under the pseudonyms “DERKOLLEGAH” and “Young Latino”. During this period he also published his first mixtape with the title “Zuhaltertape Vol.1” and put it on the net for free download.
After the Kollegah published his mixtape on the Internet, he also emailed it to the managing director of “Selfmade Records”. The latter came forward a few weeks later and offered Kollegah a contract with his label. An X-Mas version of the first tape was released via the label, which contained six additional bonus songs. In 2006 the successor to the mixtape “Zuhaltertape Vol.2 – Boss der Bosse” appeared, which was awarded the title “Mixtape of the month” by Juice magazine. Most of the beats on the tapes were produced by self-made producer Rizbo. A year after the release of the mixtape, Kollegah’s debut album “Alphagene” was released on the label “Selfmade Records”. The music video for the single release “Look at the gold chain” was repeatedly awarded first place in the music show TRL on the music channel TRL. The album itself, however, only reached number 51 in the German album charts. Shortly afterwards, Kollegah released his second solo album, which had the same title as his stage name. This could already occupy 17th place on the charts. The fifth solo album by Kollegah “Bossaura” was able to position itself on the 5th place of the album charts in 2011. Various other successful releases followed before the rapper separated from his label “Selfmade Records” to found his own label. After the founding of “Alpha Music Empire” in 2016, the rapper Seyed was signed first. A joint sales deal with the label was negotiated with the Warner Music Group. In 2018, Kollegah published his first book “DAS IST ALPHA !: Die 10 Boss-Gebote” by Munich-based Riva Verlag. The next release is the follow-up to his debut album “Alphagene”.
With a total of 400 million streams on the Spotify platform, Kollegah is Germany’s most streamed rapper. His most successful and best-selling album was “King”. With a total of over 315,000 units sold, it received gold three times in Germany and platinum once in Austria. Overall, “King” stayed in the charts for 23 weeks. In 2014 Kollegah was nominated and awarded the 1Live Krone in the category “Best Hip-Hop Act”.
“The physical being, Satan, stole their souls
Alpha means to be the elementary puzzle for the life of the dream
The circle is closed and enemies are shot
We’re just pushing ourselves, no more time for Gossip ”
“A shotgun in a violin case instead of a violin
Junkie rappers go head over heels like a guillotine
I pursue her bossily in the limousine
Shoot and their suburban street settlement is like an Eastern Bloc war ruin ”
At the age of 15, Kollegah discovered that there were fake branded clothes on Czech markets. He regularly took the bus across the border to buy the clothes there and then auction it off on online auction platforms for a lot of money. According to his own statement, he made very good sales of counterfeit clothing and cheap jewelry.