Fünf Sterne Deluxe
Fünf Sterne deluxe was a German-language
German language
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Hip hop music
Hip hop music, also called hip-hop, rap music or hip-hop music, is a musical genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted...

 band from Hamburg
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, Germany
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, founded in mid-1997, consisting of the rappers
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 Das Bo (Mirko Bogojevic) and Tobi Tobsen (Tobias Schmidt), the graphic designer
Graphic designer
A graphic designer is a professional within the graphic design and graphic arts industry who assembles together images, typography or motion graphics to create a piece of design. A graphic designer creates the graphics primarily for published, printed or electronic media, such as brochures and...

 Marcnesium (Marc Clausen), and the disc jockey
Disc jockey
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 DJ Coolmann (Mario Cullmann). They released two full length albums and a number of singles and EPs. DJ Coolmann left the band in 2003 for unknown reasons, while the remaining members continued to perform until late 2004, when the group was formally dissolved.

Band history

In the mid 90s, Das Bo and Tobi Tobsen had already made an impression in the German hip-hop scene as Der Tobi & Das Bo with their album Genie und Wahnsinn liegen dicht beieinander and the accompanying singles "Der Racka" and "Morgen geht die Bombe hoch". Tobi had also been a member of the English-language
English language
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 hip-hop crew Poets of Peeze and a founding member of Fettes Brot
Fettes Brot
Fettes Brot is a German hip hop group founded in 1992.Fettes Brot is German for fat bread. "Fett" is a German slang term for "excellent" and brot is slang for "hash". The band took the name from a fan who called them "Fettes Brot" after an early gig, which was probably meant as a compliment, but...

. They released another album, Genies & Wahnsinn... (Wir sind die Best Ofs) and two further singles, "Is' mir egal" and "Wir sind die Besten", before teaming up with Marcnesium (who had been working with DJ Koze under the name Adolf Noise) and DJ Coolmann to form Fünf Sterne deluxe. Marcnesium is a professional graphic designer, who primarily worked on the visual aspects of the band and was rarely involved with the actual music production. Live
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, he often played a sampler
Sampler (musical instrument)
A sampler is an electronic musical instrument similar in some respects to a synthesizer but, instead of generating sounds, it uses recordings of sounds that are loaded or recorded into it by the user and then played back by means of a keyboard, sequencer or other triggering device to perform or...

 and supported the two rappers with vocal samples that he modified with an attached vocoder
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In 1998, the first Fünf Sterne deluxe album Sillium featuring the singles "5 Sterne Deluxe", "Willst Du mit mir gehn?" and "Dein Herz schlägt schneller
Dein Herz schlägt schneller
Dein Herz schlägt schneller is a song performed by german hip hop band Fünf Sterne Deluxe. It is written by Das Bo and T. Schmidt. It is content on album Sillium.-External links:*...

" was released. Both the album and the singles entered the German charts. The lyrics of Fünf Sterne deluxe were always lighthearted, apparently never to be taken seriously and very humorous, which made them just as controversial among "real" hip-hop fans as the previous band "Der Tobi & Das Bo" had been. In their numerous television appearance that year, they managed to cement their public image, and confused as well as astonished audiences with their entertainment skits, which were a large part of the group's charm. Outside Fünf Sterne deluxe, DJ Coolmann took care of his own label "Hong Kong Records", and released the albums Music for Space Tourism Vol.1 (1995) and The Big Tilt (1998) under the Visit Venus moniker.

1999 saw the release of the single "Ja Ja,... deine Mudder" (the title being a German equivalent of "yo mama
The dozens
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"), which marked a comeback after a period of relative quietness. Having already announced a solo album for the April of 1998, Das Bo released an EP called "Türlich Türlich, sicher Dicker / Nur der Zorn zählt". The release coincided with the new Fünf Sterne deluxe single "Die Leude", but was more successful, selling 220,000 units and introducing Das Bo to mainstream listeners. Neo.Now, the second Fünf Sterne deluxe album, was released the same year, but only saw limited sales and did not live up to Silliums success. Other hip-hop groups with tougher music, lyrics and attitude managed to capture more of the target audience's attention, with Fünf Sterne's more comical approach falling out of fashion. At the end of 2000, the fan club CD Alles muss raus - Die zähe Pampe aus drei Jahren Hirnforschung was released. It featured 28 unreleased tracks and remixes, and came bundled with a Fünf Sterne-branded skateboard
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. DJ Coolmann left the band in 2003 for unknown reasons, and remains an active DJ in the Hamburg club scene.

Further history

Fünf Sterne deluxe tried another comeback in 2004 with the EP "Wir sind im Haus", which failed to arouse much interest. They also performed on the Hurricane Festival
Hurricane Festival
The Hurricane Festival, also just Hurricane, is a music festival that takes place in Scheeßel near Bremen, Germany, usually every June. It is promoted by German private music television channel VIVA, which belongs to Viacom, the MTV Network's parent company, as of 2004...

 for the second time after 2001. A third album was planned, but further releases by Fünf Sterne deluxe are unlikely as the band officially folded at the end of 2004.

After a rather long creative pause, Das Bo released his solo album Best of III - Alleine in 2004, which featured the singles "Seid Ihr bereit für Das Bo" and "Ich hab Rap für Dich". It featured a rather different and mellow sound than listeners expected after the Miami bass
Miami bass
Miami bass , is a type of hip hop music, that became popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Its roots are directly linked to the Electro-funk sound of the early 1980s, pioneered by Afrika Bambataa & The Soulsonic Force and later on by UK-based musician Paul Hardcastle...

-style Türlich Türlich... sicher Dicker of 2000. The album did not sell well and Das Bo subsequently parted ways with his record company Yo Mama. In 2005, Das Bo toured with Deichkind
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 and made guest appearances on the singles "Wie geil ist das denn??" by Jansen & Kowalski and "Ey Yo" by DJ Tomekk
Tomasz Kuklicz
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. He also dissed his former record label on Samy Deluxe
Samy Deluxe
Samy Sorge , commonly known as Samy Deluxe, Wickeda MC or Sam Semillia is a German rapper, and hip hop artist from Hamburg. He is one of Germany's most successful solo rap musicians while also releasing albums as a member of two separate crews, Dynamite Deluxe and ASD...

's mixtape
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 "So deluxe, so glorious".

After several singles and remixes, Tobi Tobsen's electronic music
Electronic music
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 project Moonbootica
Moonbootica is the pseudonym of Hamburg DJs KoweSix und Tobitob . The band name derives from their rather large shoe sizes which quickly lead to the fitting shoes, moon boots. Their musical style is a mixture of Electro and House with little Hip Hop influences...

 released a widely acclaimed album in 2005.


In 2000 the band won the award COMET for best Hip Hop National. The award is given by the German music television channel VIVA.


Title Format Month of release Chart position
"Es ist nicht einfach so allein" 7" single May 1997 -
"5 Sterne Deluxe" limited edition 2x12" EP June 1997 -
"5 Sterne Deluxe" 12"/CD EP November 1997 -
"Willst du mit mir gehn" 12"/CD EP February 1998 47
"Dein Herz schlägt schneller" 12"/CD EP May 1998 62
"Dein Herz schlägt schneller #1" 12"/CD EP May 1998 -
"Dein Herz schlägt schneller #2 (Remixes)" 12"/CD EP May 1998 -
Sillium 2xLP/CD album March 1998 23
Sillium Instrumentals limited edition 2xLP album March 1998 -
"Happy HipHop / Discotizer" limited edition 10" EP April 1998 -
"Ja ja, Deine Mudder!" 12"/CD EP November 1999 38
"Die Leude" 12"/Maxi CD EP July 2000 39
Neo.Now 2xLP/CD album October 2000 5
Neo.Now Instrumental limited edition 2xLP album November 2000 -
"Stop Talkin' Bull #1" 2x12"/CD EP November 2000 -
"Stop Talkin' Bull #2" 2x12"/CD EP November 2000 -
Alles muss raus limited edition CD compilation album December 2000 -
"Wir sind im Haus" 12"/Maxi CD EP July 2004 67

External links

official band website
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