Aggro Berlin was a German hip-hop independent record label based in Berlin, Germany that existed from 1 January 2001 until 1 April 2009. Three artists; Sido, Tony D and Kitty Kat were signed with the label at the time of its closure. Since the end of 2007 it used to be a sub-label of Universal.
|Parent company||Universal Music Group|
|Founder||Specter, Halil and Spaiche|
|Genre||Hip hop, Gangsta rap|
|Country of origin||Germany|
"Aggro" (in this context a noun) is German slang for having an aggressive attitude (as in British English).
The label was founded on 1 January 2001 by Berlin rappers Specter, Spaiche and Halil. The first signed artists were Sido and B-Tight. Later, the label also signed Bushido. The same year it released EP Das Mic und Ich by A.i.d.S (formerly Royal TS) on the label, which was the first release of Aggro Berlin. In 2002 released the two samplers Aggro Ansage Nr. 1 and Aggro Ansage Nr. 2, which contains tracks by its signed artists. Fler was also featured on the second sampler, but he had not yet signed on to the label. Bushido and Fler released, in the same year, the collabo album, entitled Carlo, Cokxxx, Nutten.
In 2003 Aggro Berlin released Bushido's debut album Vom Bordstein bis zur Skyline, which was indexed by BPjM (Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons).
Later, in 2004, Sido's debut album, Maske sold more than 100,000 copies in less than a month. In September of that year, the rapper won a prestigious German music award for "Best Newcomer", but his album had been indexed.
G-Hot's contract ran out in Autumn 2006. After the song "Keine Toleranz" (No Tolerance) appeared on the internet in July 2007, Aggro Berlin renounced any further business association with him. The song, which featured Boss A, discriminates against homosexuals and calls to kill homosexuals. It was not officially released by any label and G-Hot stated that it had been recorded many years prior to its leak and was never intended to be released.
According to Sido and Fler in an interview with the German hip-hop magazine Juice, Aggro Berlin has not been a fully independent label since October 2007 but now collaborates with Universal Records.
|Act||Years on the label||Albums under Aggro Berlin||Description|
|Bushido||2001–2004||2||Rapper from Berlin with Tunisian roots. His debut album Vom Bordstein bis zur Skyline (2003), reached #88 in the charts. In 2004, he left the label after a dispute with the three bosses.|
|G-Hot||2005–2007||1||Rapper from Berlin with Turkish roots. He was discovered by Fler. Because of his controversial homophobia song "Keine Toleranz" the label stopped working with him.|
|Fler||2003–2009||6||Rapper from Berlin. He left on March 2009, a month before the label's closure.|
|Sido||2001–2009||4||Rapper from Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg of Sinti descent.|
|B-Tight||2001–2009||2||Rapper from Berlin of African American descent. He was born in Palm Springs, California, but grew up in Germany.|
|Tony D||2005–2009||1||Rapper from Berlin-Kreuzberg with Lebanese roots.|
|Kitty Kat||2006–2009||-||Rapper from Berlin. She was the only female artist on the label.|
|Das Mic und ich|
|2002||Alles ist die Sekte: Album Nr. 3|
|Aggro Ansage Nr. 1||Aggro Berlin|
|Carlo, Cokxxx, Nutten||Sonny Black (Bushido) & Frank White (Fler)|
|Der Neger (in mir)||B-Tight|
|Aggro Ansage Nr. 2||Aggro Berlin|
|2003||Garnich so schlimm||A.i.d.S.|
|Vom Bordstein bis zur Skyline||Bushido||87|
|Aggro Ansage Nr. 3||Aggro Berlin|
|Aggro Ansage Nr. 4||Aggro Berlin||9||Gold|
|2005||Neue Deutsche Welle||Fler||5|
|Heiße Ware||B-Tight & Tony D|
|Dein Lieblingsalbum||Deine Lieblingsrapper||2|
|Aggro Ansage Nr. 5||Aggro Berlin||7||Gold|
|2007||Willkommen in Abschaumcity||MC Bogy||92|
|Eine Hand wäscht die Andere||Sido||21|
|Alles oder Nichts||Jom & Said|
|Auferstanden aus Ruinen||Joe Rilla|
|2008||Fremd im eigenen Land||Fler||7|
|Ich und meine Maske||Sido||1||Gold|
|Südberlin Maskulin||Frank White (Fler) & Godsilla||22|
|Aggro Anti Ansage Nr. 8||Aggro Berlin||25|
|2003||"Bei Nacht"||Bushido||Vom Bordstein bis zur Skyline|
|"Gemein wie 10"|
|"Fuffies im Club"||Maske|
|2005||"Mama ist stolz"||Sido|
|"NDW 2005"||Fler||9||Neue Deutsche Welle|
|"Steh wieder auf"||Deine Lieblings Rapper||12||Dein Lieblings Album|
|"A.G.G.R.O./Nach eigenen Regeln"||B-Tight feat. G-Hot & Tony D||22|
|"Aggroberlin Zeit"||Aggro Ansage Nr. 5|
|2006||"Wahlkampf"||Sido feat. G-Hot|
|"Papa ist zurück"||Fler||23||Trendsetter|
|Cüs Junge||Fler feat. Muhabbet||51|
|2007||Teil von mir||14||Ich|
|2008||Deutscha Bad Boy||Fler||16|
|Augen auf/Halt dein Maul||Sido||7||Ich und meine Maske|
|2009||"Beweg dein Arsch"||Sido feat. Scooter, Kitty Kat & Tony D|
|"Check mich aus"||Fler||Fler|
|"Ich sing nicht mehr für dich"||Fler feat. Doreen Steinert|