Austrian rapper Chakuza followed in the hitmaking footsteps of his mentor and patron, Bushido. Born Peter Pangerl in Linz on February 22, 1981, he first surfaced alongside DJ Stickle and MC J in Verbale Systematik. although the group proved short-lived, Chakuza and DJ Stickle quickly reunited as the production duo Beatlefield, and their behind-the-scenes efforts soon captured the attention of German hip-hop superstar Bushido, who signed them to his ersguterjunge label. After the 2006 mix Bushido Presents Ersguterjunge Sampler, Vol.1: Nemesis cracked the German Top Five, Chakuza launched his solo career, recording Blackout in collaboration with fellow rapper Bizzy Montana. His 2007 full-length solo debut, City Cobra, peaked at number ten, buoyed by the crossover hit single "Eure Kinder," featuring -- who else? -- Bushido. Unter der Sonne followed in 2008, with features for Bushido as well as Bizzy Montana; it also performed well on the German, Austrian, and even Swiss charts. Both 2010's Monster in Mir and 2013's Magnolia cracked the Top Ten in Germany. ~ Jason Ankeny
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