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Nimo is an Iranian-born rapper from Germany. His real name is Nima Yaghobi. Nimo has a contract with the independent label 385idéal in Frankfurt/Main. In his music, he often addresses his childhood and youth, which were shaped by crime and drug use.
Nimo was born on December 25, 1995 in Karlsruhe. He also grew up in the Baden metropolis and went to school. His parents are immigrants from Iran. The family later moved to Leonberg. In his youth it was not always easy for Nimo to find the right path. When he was 15, Nimo had to serve a long sentence in a juvenile detention center. One of the offenses he was charged with was extortion. Nimo saw the difficult situation in prison as an opportunity and started rapping. He got his pseudonym from another rapper who was in prison with him.
Nimo managed to garner attention with his Facebook rap videos. After the Frankfurt rap duo Celo & Abdi enjoyed his performances, he was invited to perform with them on a tour. This form of recognition and good performances on the tour inspired Nimo to pursue his career. Consequently, his first mixtape “Habeebeee” was released on February 26, 2016. His first own tour took place in autumn 2016 together with the Frankfurt rapper Hanybal and was called “Jaaaaa Maaaann Habeebeee Tour”. In the following year 2017, Nimo’s first album “Kiki” and his first single “LFR” were released. His second album called “Nimoriginal” was released at the end of 2019.
Nimo’s debut album “Kiki” made it straight into the top ten of the German, Austrian and Swiss album charts. The rapper climbed to fourth place in Germany, third place in Austria and sixth place in Switzerland. His second album “Nimoriginal” also made it into the charts in the three countries. In Germany he came back in fourth place. Nimo has already received several awards at the “Hiphop.de Awards”. In 2016 he received the award for “Best Newcomer National”. The following year he received the awards in the categories “Best Song National” and “Best Rap Solo Act”. Many of his singles were also able to place themselves in the charts. In December 2019, he managed to top the German single charts for the first time with the song “Kein Schlaf”. Meanwhile, Nimo is a sought-after guest musician who has already launched projects with many other rappers such as Dardan, Azzi Memo and Kalim. So far he has been awarded three gold records in Germany and two platinum records.
“Rapping is a craft, but an artist is the one who does the finishing touches. He doesn’t just build a table, he builds you a table with engravings and such, brother. Marteria, for example, is a real artist, he’s not a rapper, he’s an artist.” “I say yes: I don’t want to follow in footsteps, I want to leave my own mark. I want people to say: This is an artist.” “I’m not a gangster, I’m just a normal boy from the street.”
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Nimo describes himself as lazy. However, when working on a project, he can be very demanding and meticulous. So Nimo actually works very conscientiously and is only satisfied when he thinks a project is really good. If you have made a mistake in your life, it is very important to admit it and make the best of the situation. Every crisis also offers an opportunity. The attitude has helped Nimo put his time in juvenile detention to good use.