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The Hamburg rapper, whose real name is Johann “John” Lorenz Moser, is a member of the German rap crew 187 Strassenbande. Bonez has had a remarkable career in recent years. From the commercial success of the well-known album Palmen aus Plastik, which he recorded with his partner RAF Camora, to hard street rap, there was real hype surrounding Bonez and the boys from 187. Several platinum awards and several awards were the result of this remarkable response and the myth of the common street boys.
The rapper Bonez was born in Hamburg in 1985, the son of an artist couple. In his youth he and his parents moved across Germany. Bonez already lived in southern Germany and attended a sports boarding school for a short time, as he was an enthusiastic basketball player at the time. When Bonez is 18 years old, he moves back to his birthplace Hamburg. With the aim of putting his hometown back on the map for German rap, he founded the hip hop crew 187 Strassenbande in 2006.
Bonez MC recorded his first chart-relevant success with his solo album “Krampfhaft Kriminell”. The album was released on Bonez’s own label “Toprott Muzik” in 2012. At the time, it stayed at number 60 in the German album charts for a week, which was a good performance compared to previous releases in the form of various crew samplers. 2 years later the rapper released the album “High & hungrig” in collaboration with his friend and partner Gzuz. Almost every song was produced by in-crew producer Jambeatz. The release went straight to number 9 in the German album charts in 2014 and was able to position itself again two years later at number 21 a week later. In Austria and Switzerland, the album ranked 28th and 36th. The first great success was topped by a whole with the sequel “High & hungrig”. The LP went straight to number 1 on the charts and contained 10 songs that made it onto the singles chart. In September of that year, the release received a platinum award for 200,000 units sold.
After a guest appearance on RAF Camora’s album Ghøst, Bonez and RAF announced their collaboration and a collaborative album at a festival appearance. This resulted in the joint release “Palmen aus Plastik”, which contained clear musical elements of dancehall, reggae and the so-called Afrotrap. The album went straight to number 1 and spent a full 111 weeks in the top 100 charts. It also climbed to the top of the charts in Switzerland and took second place in Austria. The album’s eponymous single received a triple gold record for selling over 600,000 units. The fourth single “Nie ohne mein Team” was awarded a diamond record for selling over 1 million units and is one of the best-selling singles. With a total of 5.2 million records, Bonez MC is one of the artists with the best-selling records in Germany. The continuation of the album “Palms made of plastic” was as successful as its predecessor.
“I don’t give a fuck about success, I want bills and gold”
– Bonez MC
‘2006 only on coke and ex’
In 2007 it started with rap (free Gzuz)
In 2008 it was time to distribute kilos
2010 I have a label and won’t let anyone in anymore”
– Bonez MC
Bonez says he has an uncle who plays guitar with British punk band The Stranglers. The rapper himself was extremely alternative in his youth. According to his statement, he had long hair and liked to listen to Nirvana.