Savaş Yurderi (born 10 February 1975), known by his stage name Kool Savas, is a German rapper of Turkish Origin.[1] Along with Taktlo$$, he formed the highly influential German rap duo Westberlin Maskulin (1997–2000). He was also a founding member of the German rap crew Masters of Rap in 1996.

Kool Savas
Kool Savas in 2019
Kool Savas in 2019
Background information
Birth nameSavaş Yurderi
Also known asKing Kool Savas, S.A.V., Essah
Born (1975-02-10) 10 February 1975 (age 48)
Aachen, West Germany
GenresGerman hip hop, battle rap
Years active1995–present
LabelsEssah (since 2009)
Sony (since 2002)
Optik (2002–2009)
Subword (2002–2007)
Put Da Needle to Da (1999–2001)
Spouse(s)Maria Yurderi

In 2012, he collaborated in "Xavas", a duo formation with Xavier Naidoo, a German soul and R&B singer-songwriter and actor in the album Gespaltene Persönlichkeit. The two had already worked together on a number of other releases.

Savas is considered one of the most successful, best and influential German rappers. He is often referred to as the King of German rap. His nickname is King Kool Savas (KKS) and Essah.

Early life Edit

Yurderi was born on 10 February 1975 in Aachen, Germany, the son of a German mother and a Turkish father from Çorum. Savaş returned to Turkey with his family when he was only 1 year old. But his father was sentenced to 5 years in prison in Turkey due to political problems.[2]

He later returned to Germany with his mother. His father, who was imprisoned in Turkey for 5 years, also returned with them. They were then settled in Berlin. He currently lives in Berlin with his wife Maria Yurderi and their 1 child.

Career Edit

Essah Entertainment (2010–present) Edit

His 2011 album Aura included a single with the same name and a song featuring Xavier Naidoo, titled LMS 2012. In May 2012, Savas announced a collaborative album with Xavier Naidoo titled Gespaltene Persönlichkeit under the alias "Xavas" scheduled for release in Germany on 21 September 2012.[3] The track list was announced in August 2012, containing a total of 15 tracks[4]

His fourth studio album, Märtyrer, was released on 14 November 2014.

Discography Edit

Savas performing

Studio albums

  • 2002: Der beste Tag meines Lebens
  • 2007: Tot oder lebendig
  • 2011: Aura
  • 2014: Märtyrer
  • 2019: KKS
  • 2021: Aghori


  • 2004: Kool Savas goes Hollywood
  • 2005: Die John Bello Story
  • 2006: Wer hatz erfunden? (with Optik Schweiz)
  • 2008: Die John Bello Story II
  • 2009: Die John Bello Story II – Brainwash Edition (remix version)
  • 2010: Die John Bello Story III
  • 2016: Essahdamus

Remix albums


  • 2008: The Best of Kool Savas

Collaboration albums

  • 1997: Hoes, Flows, Moneytoes (with Westberlin Maskulin)
  • 2000: Battlekings (with Westberlin Maskulin)
  • 2001: NLP (with M.O.R.)
  • 2003: Nur noch 24 Stunden (with Freunde der Sonne)
  • 2005: One (with Azad)
  • 2006: Optik Takeover! (with Optik Army)
  • 2012: Gespaltene Persönlichkeit (with Xavier Naidoo as Xavas)
  • 2017: Royal Bunker (with Sido)

References Edit

  1. ^ "King Kool Savas - King of Rap". Archived from the original on 25 June 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Kool Savas". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Kool Savas & Xavier Naidoo bringen XAVAS im September 2012". (German). 7 May 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Kool Savas & Xavier Naidoo Gespaltene Persönlichkeit". (German). Retrieved 21 August 2012.

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