|Estimated value:||€5 million|
|Country of origin:||Friedrichshafen|
|Source of Wealth:||Rapper, boxing promoter|
Kay One, born Kenneth Glöckler, is a German rapper and boxing promoter. He gained notoriety through a public dispute with his former best friend and rapper, Bushido, and through his participation as a juror in the RTL casting show DSDS. In addition to his actual career, Kay One is also active as an advertising medium and testimonial.
Kay One grew up as Kenneth Glöckler in a middle-class family with two brothers in Ravensburg on Lake Constance. Kay One started rapping at the age of thirteen through his older brother. This passion then quickly inspired him so much that he took part in numerous battles at an early age and finally, at the age of only 16, won the largest competition of its kind in Germany, the “Royal Rumble” in Stuttgart. This earned him a name in the scene, which earned him his first record deal with Kool Savas’ label just a year later.
However, the collaboration ended after just a few years and he joined the Eko Fresh label. But here, too, the hoped-for success did not materialize, so Kay moved back to Lake Constance and her career was already in danger of failing. However, a chance encounter with Bushido at a party in 2006 would change everything. Kay became friends with the rapper, who was already very successful at the time, and was then signed by his label “ersguterjunge”.
His career picked up speed very quickly and soon Kay could be heard on various tracks and released several very successful albums under his new label and was also well booked for performances. However, the collaboration ended in 2012 and the two former friends parted ways in a bitter argument.
While Kay One’s career has had numerous setbacks for the rapper, it has nonetheless been a steady upward trend.
At the latest since his involvement with “ersguterjunge”, Kay has become an integral part of the German rap scene. His first three albums all landed directly in the top ten of the charts and his first album after the end of his collaboration with Bushido even reached number one in Germany. To date, without exception, every album has been a great success. His single “Señorita” in collaboration with Pietro Lombardi also reached the top position and stayed in the charts for a full 44 weeks. In addition to his career as a rapper, Kay One has also been a boxing promoter for heavyweight boxer Manuel Charr since 2014. In the same year he also took on a position on the jury of the RTL show “Deutschland sucht den Superstar”. This was followed by her own dating show on RTL2. Kay One is also active as an advertising medium for various companies. Among other things, he has already promoted his own jewelry collection. The best-known product is probably the lifestyle drink “Moloko”. This is placed in almost every song and video.
2001: Win the rap battle “Royal Rumble”
2007: Change to “ersguterjunge” and collaboration with Bushido
2013: #1 for his album “Rich Kidz”
2014: Juror on the RTL show “Deutschland sucht den Superstar”
2017: 1st place for the single “Señorita” with Pietro Lombardi
“In my opinion, you can only be proud of what you have built with your own hands. When I look back on my career, I can honestly say that I really did it all myself.”
“I never let people who doubted my talent get me down.”
“Friendship means that you don’t just lie on deck together on sunny days.”
“Loyalty, reliability, honesty. These are the most important values. Everything else comes and goes.”
“People like P. Diddy or Kanye West. These are people who didn’t just do rap. They simply left their division and also make fashion or vodka, for example. I wouldn’t compare myself to either of them at all, but these are people who really motivate me with their business moves.”
It’s clear that Kay One, despite its success, is neither aloof nor fed up. He keeps working and setting new and bigger goals. At the same time, however, values such as loyalty and honesty are important to him. Virtues that are unfortunately not commonplace in show business.
Not surprisingly, Kay One is a big fan of high-quality car brands such as Mercedes and Lamborghini. He even dedicated his own song to the AMG models from Mercedes. According to his own statements, he now owns around five vehicles at a time.
Kay is a big fan of Dieter Bohlen. He was also on the DSDS jury with him in 2014. To this day, the two superstars have a close friendship and Kay now sees Bohlen as a fatherly mentor. That’s why he also covered the plank hit “Brother Louie” and turned it into a modern song called “Louis Louis” based on the luxury brand Louis Vuitton, for which he seems to have a great weakness.
|Estimated value:||€5 million|