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Olexesch is a German rapper of Ukrainian and Belarusian descent from Darmstadt. He works under a contract with the Frankfurt label 385idéal. Olexesh, based in Darmstadt, has taken off in the album charts. His debut album was released in March 2014 and just two years later his clip “Magisch feat. Edin” was voted the most popular music video in the German YouTube charts with over 60 million views. And that’s despite the fact that the street rapper, known for his complicated subject matter on other occasions, has fused with seemingly bizarre pop music. He demonstrated his willingness to experiment when he released the song “Wir 2 immer 1” with pop singer Vanessa May. After four albums that made it into the top ten, the Ukrainian rapper has become an integral part of the German rap scene.
Olexesh spent his first six years in Kyiv. His father is Belarusian, his mother is Ukrainian. His father immigrated to the United States when Alex was two years old. At the age of six, Olexesh moved to Germany with his mother. Initially he lived in the Kelkheim area, later he went to the city of Darmstadt, where he spent his youth – at least for the most part. During his apprenticeship in a special school, the desire for rap came up.
Frankfurt rap duo Celo & Abdi, specifically rapper Celo, found out about Olexesh and signed him to 385ideal, releasing the first Authentic Athletic mixtape on December 2, 2012. Olexesh released his first ever “Nu eta da” studio album on March 7th, 2014 with Fard, Eko Fresh, Gzuz, Karate Andi and Celo & Abdi. On September 25th, 2015 the second album Straßencocktail will be released as a mixtape. In addition to his usual style, Olexesh added a bit of G-Funk to this release. The third studio album “Makadam” was released on October 21, 2016. Musically, Olexesh is a tough street rapper. His style is aggressive and choppy. The themes of his songs are street life, poverty, crime, drug use, gambling and prostitution. Inspired by West Coast Hip Hop, G-Funk and French Rap.
Olekesh and his mother brought the hope for a better life from the Ukraine to Germany more than 20 years ago. Today Alexei Kosarev, based in Darmstadt, is one of the most successful rappers in the country. His Nu Eta Da debut debuted in the top ten of the album charts in 2014, has ranked fifth with two records in the past few years and has played two full house tours in Germany while the stage media pays tribute to the Razor Flow . Raised in Kranichstein, Olexesh eagerly awaited the release of his third album: Macadam. The record is dedicated to his mother and the district of Darmstadt, which is characterized by multi-storey residential complexes – and is probably one of the most important German hip-hop albums of the earlier years.
Olexesh released his debut studio album, Nu eta da, on March 7, 2014, with contributions from guests including Fard, Gzuz, Eko Fresh, Karate Andi and label boss Celo & Abdi. The Purple Haze track in particular became a hit. His second studio album, Masta, was released on March 27, 2015. Rappers like Veysel, Sido, Blvck Beatz, Hanybal, Celo & Abdi are featured on his albums. On September 25, 2015 he released his second album Straßencocktail as a mixtape. In addition to the rap style, which can be described as classic, he also presents tracks in the G-Funk style on this mixtape. Makadam’s third studio album was released on October 21, 2016. As a result, the singles Weyauu and Born in the big city were released. Alongside his label mates, Xatar, Haftbefehl and Gzuz are featured on the album.
The Frankfurt rapper Celo from the rap duo Celo & Abdi found out about Olexesh. After signing with their 385 label, he finished his first mixtape, Authentic Athletic, which was released on December 2, 2012 for free download on the internet. It has almost 30 tracks, which he records on West Coast hip-hop instrumental beats. Some time later, Olexesh became known to a wide audience after collaborating with Haftbefehl and Mosh36 on his mixtape BZ for the rapper’s Blockplatinum album. The advent of online television in the German rap format has also contributed to over 200,000 downloads of the mixtape Authentic Athletic. He was also allowed to accompany Celo & Abdi on their Hinterhofjargon tour.
His album Rolexesh was released on March 2, 2018 and took first place in the German album charts. On July 6, 2018, the rapper released a song featuring pop singer Vanessa May. The name Wir 2 immer 1 initially broke the line between different music genres.
Musically, Olexesh presents a hard street rap. His rap style is aggressively volatile. The themes of his songs are street life in Kranichstein-Darmstadt, crime, poverty, gambling addiction, drug use and prostitution. In addition to the West Coast, hip hop and the associated G-Funk are a second source of inspiration for French rap.