Anis Mohamed Youssef Ferchichi, (born September 28, 1978), better known as Bushido, is a German rapper. The word Bushido is Japanese and means “Way of the Warrior”. He also uses the pseudonym Sonny Black, based on Dominic Napolitano. As of 2009, he sold more than 1,5 million albums in Germany alone. He is the owner of the record label ersguterjunge and entrepreneur in the real estate industry.
Bushido was born to a Tunisian father and a German mother in Bad Godesberg, a small town, part of Bonn in west Germany. Shortly after his family moved to Berlin. Bushido grew up with his mother and brother, in Berlin-Tempelhof district of former West Berlin. He attended “Eckener Gymnasium”, up to the tenth grade, and then changed to another gymnasium, before leaving school early, and accumulated a criminal record for drug possession and vandalism. A judge ordered him to attend vocational training as a painter or face a jail term. During the training as painter, he met rapper Fler and both became friends. Bushido sprayed graffiti under the pseudonym „Fuchs“ (fox).
Bushido’s career started in 1998, with several demo releases like 030 Squad - Westberlin. He also appeared on Es gibt kein Battle from King Orgasmus One.
In 2001 he formed together with King Orgasmus One, Bass Sultan Hengzt and D-Bo, the label I Luv Money Records, where he released his first official demo album King of KingZ. This led to him moving to Aggro Berlin, where he worked with Sido, B-Tight and Fler. The album got digital remastered and released on CD in 2003, titled King of KingZ (Digital Remastered) and in 2004 King of KingZ 2004 Edition with some remixes over ersguterjunge.
Bushido released his biography Bushido on September 8, 2008 and his 8th album Heavy Metal Payback on October, 10 200. The album pre-sold 100,000 copies in Germany and reached Gold-status.
The movie Zeiten ändern dich was shot from July 21, 2009 to mid September, in and around Berlin. It was released on February 4, 2010. The movie is based on Bushido’s biography, in which he portrayed himself in a lead role. Uli Edel directed and Bernd Eichinger produced it. After its release, the movie has been watched by 80.000 people on the release date.
On June 11, Bushido with Kay One recorded a song for the start of the soccer World Cup 2010 which is dedicated to the German national football team, called “Fackeln im Wind”, which he had co-written. After meeting football player Sami Khedira during the “Zeiten ändern dich - Live durch Europa” tour, Bushido had the spontaneous idea for the song. “For me it’s a great honor to make a song for the national team. Now I hope that the song drives the players and the fans, to use all their power to bring the cup home.”, Bushido said about the song.
In August, Bushido reformed the group Berlins Most Wanted, which originally consisted of himself, Bass Sultan Hengzt and King Orgasmus, in 2001 during the King of KingZ area. Bushido trademark and owns the rights for the group’s name by a German patent and trademark office. Kay One and Fler joined him and became part of the group. Together they released the album Berlins Most Wanted with a single also titled after the group’s name “Berlins Most Wanted”.