In times where the old school is neglected by many and mumble rap has taken over, rappers like the German-Croat Haze are a blessing to every hiphop soul. The 28 year old from Karlsruhe in the south of Germany released his second official LP Die Zwielicht LP a few days ago and could enter the top 3 of the German charts. But before we talk about his recent LP, let’s take a look back at the past.
Haze was born as David Bošnjak in Villingen-Schwenningen in the early ninetees. His parents fled to Germany shortly before his birth due to the Croatian war. When he was a small child they moved to Karlsruhe were Haze grew up and lived the most time of his live.
Although Haze comes from a very strict Catholic family, he started his first rap attempts already at the age of 11, when he wanted to diss people from another school class. He wrote his first lyrics in English but soon he changed to German with Croatian influences. He heard a lot of hiphop of the 90s and counts Dr. Dre and Eminem next to Croatian rock music to his biggest influences.
His first musical output was the mixtape Blues aus dem Block (English: Blues from the block) in 2012. Haze just picked his favorite oldschool beats, mostly from the States and France, and started spitting over it. The result was a very nice Mixtape on a high lyrical level already.
Two years later he made the same thing on his following mixtape Karlsruher Schule (English: Karlsruhe School). This time you could already see a red thread within the Mixtape and Haze got his first attention in the German rap scene.
Afterwards the German artist Bonez MC from the the group 187 Strassenbande discovered Haze and invited him to play as a support act on their upcoming tour. On the tour haze was able to win many new fans, which he satisfied in 2015 with a new EP called Wie der Hase läuft (English: How the hare runs). Even though the EP contained only seven songs it caused quite a stir in the German rap scene and Haze became a name across the country. Very helpful for his quick publicity too were his appearances as support act on the 2016 tour of RAF Camora.
At that time he studied music in Stuttgart, but with the release of his debut album Guten Abend Hiphop (English: Good evening hiphop) he interrupted his studies and concentrated entirely on his music. He released the album on his own label Alte Schule Records (English: Oldschool Records) which he founded himself in cooperation with Universal.
His debut LP could enter the top 30 charts of Germany and was a big success for Zeko, how Haze calls himself a lot. Zeko means hare in Croatian and hare in German means Hase which is pronounced the same way like Haze.
With features like Sido, Motrip, Bonez MC or RAF Camora Haze had a lot of very big names on his first LP already. It’s a very round project and almost everyone loved it. Since last year he appeared on different projects by Sido, RAF Camora, Nate57 and Capital Bro which all wanted to count on his services as mc.
After no project had been released in 2017 his second solo album Die Zwielicht LP was released at the 16th of February. The album came with a perfect length of 17 songs with 15 play stations and two skits. Every single song from the beginning until the end has the same vibe and hearing the whole LP is a bit like watching a good old mafia movie. Haze technically raps at a very high level and his beats, all produced by his homeboys Dasaesch and Dannemann are extremely raw and fit perfectly with Haze’s honest direct rap style.
We tried to find some highlights on the LP but it’s almost impossible because every single song is just a banger and definitely has to get heard! Haze gives us back the New York-Nineties sound without compromise and we are grateful for that.
Have fun dude: