“Sie fragen “Xatar, woher kommt die Energie für den Wahnsinns Hustle?””
Giwar Hajabi, known to most by his stage name Xatar is many things except ordinary. Arriving in Germany as a Kurdish refugee, Xatar became a musician, a criminal and is now a multi-entrepreneur.
"Mach' es für 53, Celsiusstraße, Brüser Berg"
Xatar and his family came to Germany from Iran as Kurdish refugees in 1984. More precisely, the family landed in Bonn. In a high-rise housing estate in the Brüser Berg district, the family now lived among diplomatic families and other socially deprived families. If you think probably that this difference has shaped Xatar, you think wrong. In the quarter of the then capital of the FRG only one thing counted: German or foreigner. For fellow students, teachers, basketball coaches and many others, he was often just the "Asi Kanake", as Xatar himself said.
After Xatar moved from Cologne to Bonn and graduated from high school there, Xatar quickly went off the rails in his search for recognition and influenced by prejudices. Violence and crime dominated Xatar's life from then on and brought him his first financial independence.
Due to his criminality, Xatar often got into legal trouble at the time. When the brother of a friend testified against Xatar at the police, in order to obtain for itself personally punishment reduction (§31), Xatar saw itself forced to flee to London and began there a study for music. After his time in London, Xatar returned to Germany, where the trial of that time was waiting for him, which ended with an acquittal. Through his studies and his great interest in hip-hop, the Bonner decided to found his label "Alles oder Nix". A name that could not fit better.
“Alles oder Nix bleibt für immer die Crew, check”
After founding the label, it wasn't long before Xatar put out his first solo album, which bore the same name as his label. "All or Nothing" sold 70,000 copies. At a time before Spotify, Apple Music and co. this was a strong release for a newcomer. Unfortunately, the sales were not enough to keep Xatar from crime. If he was otherwise used to being financially independent through crime, he could not cover his costs despite his label.
When Xatar was taken into custody in the U.S. after a party at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, he had to borrow $50,000 bail, which put even more financial strain on him.
Due to this seemingly hopeless situation, the German-Kurdish man came up with a dangerous plan: robbing a gold transporter. Together with three accomplices, they robbed said gold transporter on December 15, 2009, disguised as police officers, and captured gold worth about 1.7 million. After fleeing to Iraq via Russia, he was finally arrested by the Iraqi secret service and ended up in prison in Iraq. After being deported to Germany, Xatar was sentenced to eight years in prison, which he finished early in 2014.
Even during his imprisonment, Xatar continued to release music. Thus, his second album "No. 415" was created during his time in prison.
"Köftespieß ohne reden"
After his release followed musically more solo & collabo projects, as well as various albums of his signed artists, such as sister Ewa and SSIO. Also the first successes besides music were not long in coming. In 2015, Xatar wrote the book "Alles oder Nix: Bei uns sagt man, die Welt gehört dir" ("All or Nothing: We say the world belongs to you") about his life so far. Xatar has also been socially engaged for several years and, among other things, has schools and wells built in war zones.
The last few months, Xatar has continuously expanded his business areas. For example, a viral meme arose from an interview during his imprisonment, which led to Xatar opening franchised restaurants worldwide with "Haval Grill" and, among other things, frozen Köpfte skewers in the freezers of leading shopping stores.
Xatar also had the Goldmann Tower opened in Cologne, where his label "Goldmann Entertainment" is located and signs young artists and artists from around the world.
In addition, Xatar founded another label, Goldmann Entertainment, with which he wants to sign over 100 male and female artists from all over the world. The headquarters of the new label is the Goldmann Tower in Cologne, which Xatar had converted to seven floors and where he most recently opened the Goldmann Vernisage, where young artists can exhibit their art.
Xatar's probably biggest highlight of all, however, is still waiting for him: filming has just started on the movie about his life. Produced by Fatih Akin, the film will be called "Rheingold" and will roll into German theaters in 2022.
Giwar Hajabi, or Xatar, is a feisty character who has missed the right exit here and there, but who society probably hasn't always dealt with properly either. Despite all setbacks (self and not self-inflicted), Xatar has managed to build his own empire. This path makes Xatar a role model of our time. Through his creativity and ambition, no goal seems too far away. The reasons for this?
“Es ist die Angst wieder an den Punkt zu kommen
Wo ich den Teufel wählte, weil ich garnichts hatte” (Aus dem Song Don)