born on 19/12/1977 in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Alias Samy Sorge
Samy Sorge (born 19 December 1977), commonly known as Samy Deluxe, Wickeda MC or Sam Semillia is a German rapper, and hip hop artist from Hamburg. He is one of Germany's most successful solo rap musicians and also releases albums as a member of two separate groups, Dynamite Deluxe (with DJ Dynamite aka Joni Rewind and Tropf) and ASD (with Afrob). He was the founder of record label Deluxe Records, which was active from 2003 through 2009.
Youth and early life
As his Sudanese father left Germany when Samy Deluxe was just two years old, Samy grew up with his mother's family. His half-sister was born shortly after his father left. The family lived in Barmbek for many years, then moved to Eppendorf, a better-off part of Hamburg, where he attended the Wolfgang-Borchert-Schule and attained the Realschulabschluss.
1996-2000: First experiences and Deluxe Soundsystem
At the beginning of his career Samy Deluxe rapped in English. Eventually he also became known for his singing and rapping in German. He founded the duo "No Nonsens" with DJ Dynamite, where he gained his first experience on-stage. The duo had some minor performances at the Hamburg airport. After the duo split up, Samy Deluxe was supported by Jan Eißfeldt (better known as Jan Delay), member of hip-hop group Absolute Beginner (later known as Beginner) and founder of record label Eimsbush Entertainment, to continue his stage performance.
In 1997, Samy Deluxe founded Dynamite Deluxe with partners DJ Dynamite and Tropf, and the group produced and released a demo tape on Eimsbush Entertainment. Absolute Beginner featured Samy Deluxe on their 1999 single "Füchse" from their album Bambule (1998). The success of Deluxe Soundsystem by Dynamite Deluxe and the following live performances at the festivals Splash and Flash brought Samy Deluxe into the public eye.
2001-2003: Debut album and rise to fame
In 2001, Samy Deluxe released his self tilted debut album, which ranked #2 in the German Album Charts for the 19th calendar week of 2001. The first single from the album, "Hab' gehört...", ranked #26. However, the second single, "Internetional Love", failed to enter the charts. The final single, "Weck mich auf", peaked at #4 in Germany, becoming a national hit and the album's most successful single. Following the success of his solo debut, Samy Deluxe became a highly acclaimed hip hop artist in German rap and internationally.
In 2003, Samy Deluxe founded the rap duo ASD with fellow rapper Afrob. They released their debut Wer hätte das gedacht. The lead single from the album, "Sneak Preview", ranked successfully on the German charts. Most of the beats on this album came from American producers, including J Dilla, Diamond D and Waajeed.
In August 2004, Samy Deluxe released his second solo album, Verdammtnochma!. The album peaked at number 2 on the German album-charts shortly thereafter and stayed for three weeks in the Top 10. In the same year, he was featured on the German remix of "Dip It Low" by American singer Christina Milian, which was an commercial success.
Samy Deluxe is famous for his flow. Audacious and eloquent, he initially chose an aggressive style, based on imaginative use of metaphors, complex overlapping rhymes and his own melodic flow. For this reason, he is sometimes called the "German Jay-Z". He favors constructing constantly changing pictures rather than telling long stories. This has caused some critics to find fault with his lyrical style.
In 2006 Samy Deluxe, in collaboration with Reebok, designed a sneaker and a cap with New Era Cap Company. On the cover of his mixtape Deluxe von Kopf bis Fuß, he wore for him designed clothes. In 2007 followed two more sneakers until 2008; as total result four Reeboks sneakers were developed of the Samy Deluxe series.
- Main article: Samy Deluxe discography