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Eins Zwo – Discjockeys EP

Posted on: December 23, 2007

Hip Hop from Germany Part 3

“Mikrophontest Eins, Zwo”

Part 3 of my german rap music posts (part 1 & part 2, background informations about german rap here & here), not focusing on the very first days of hip hop in Germany, but more on the hip hop of the second half of the nineties. If you want to hear the very first wave of hip hop from Germany, visit the awesome leave your nine at home blog, there you can find some of the finest tunes from that time (1, 2, 3, 4), my selection contains more the second wave. Epicentres of the evolving hip hop scene were Heidelberg (and some other towns near it) and Hamburg. I think the reason why both had an avantgarde scene of hip hop in Germany are their histories. Heidelberg is since the end of the second world war and the defeat of Nazi-Germany the most important US-Army base in Germany until today. Thousands of GIs were stationed in the small town (140.000 inhabitants) over all the decades, brought US-american culture to Germany, from chewing gum to Rock´n´Roll, later Soul and Hip Hop. The situation of Hamburg in the north of the country is similar, but the reasons are different. The stationed soldiers from the Anti-Nazi coalition also did play an role, Hamburg was under rule of Great Britain after the war, but the bigger city with 1,8 million inhabitants and it´s function as the most important harbour in Germany always was a cosmopolitan city, with connections to the whole world and of course influenced continuously by it. Youths living in that cities much earlier got in contact with hip hop culture and the scenes had more time to evolve. No surprise that both were the epicentres of the young hip hop scene, not only with people that consumed hip hop, but own bands and gigs.

Eins Zwo from Hamburg were part of the influential local scene, their DJ Rabauke was the tour-DJ from the famous group Fettes Brot before he teamed up with Dendemann as Eins Zwo. Their first EP was released 1997 and together with their 1999 full-length debut “Gefährliches Halbwissen” both were milestones of the second wave of hip hop with lyrics in German. Most of the bands of that wave came from Hamburg and were part of the Mongo Klikke (crew), which established with their lyrics some words of the local northern slang in the whole country. The Mongo Klikke (Absolute Beginner, Samy Deluxe, Eins Zwo, Illo 77, Ferris MC, DJ Stylewarz and many many more) existed from 1997 to 2002, splitted up after they became so famous, that groups the others never had heard about before reclaimed to be part of the Mongo Klikke.

The “Discjokeys” EP is the last release from Eins Zwo, the title track is from their second full-length “Zwei”, plus two more previously unreleased tracks and one instrumental, as well as a fine remix of “discjockeys”. After the EP Eins Zwo surprisingly splitted up, MC Dendemann is releasing solo records until today, DJ Rabauke is a house DJ. On their second record the beats are more complicated, tricky, with more edges and now really perfect cuts and breaks from the DJ. They were famous for their fluently changes between cuts and raps and the lyrics set new standards in german hip hop, intelligent, eloquent and humorous. On “Rabeneltern” the second half of the former duo Tobi & Das Bo is featured, debating together with Dendemann about good beats and that the beats get more and more simple again. And sadly they were right, german hip hop rapidly collapsed and today only few acts from that golden age of hip hop remain. Today german rap is full of gangsta bullshit and the beats, the flows, the lyrics are torture.

The first hit from Tobi & Das Bo were their participation with Fettes Brot, a few years later they were part of Fünf Sterne Deluxe. Das Bo also did some solo work and his song “türlich türlich” was the first which introduced Miami Bass to german hip hop, but especially in the video (filmed at a beach in Hamburg/North-Germany, were it is cold and rainy most time of the year) he made fun of it. Another interesting music video from that “golden age” of Hamburg hip hop is the “Hand aufs Herz” single from the Eins Zwo´s debut full length (1999), in which really everybody from the Hamburg/Mongo Klikke takes part – and they´re so unbelievable young, funny to see this again after all the years.

The EP is just a little teaser, a small appetizer – more hip hop from Hamburg after the holidays, enjoy yours.

Ich bin der Chef hier und schließe zu.

(file is down, leave a comment if you wish a reup)


3 Responses to "Eins Zwo – Discjockeys EP"

Hey there,
Thanks for the shout out. I think this particular EP’s been missing in my collection, so cheers for that. I was eventually going to move over to more recent German hip-hop, and how would I not mention the Hamburg people? So if you want to reserve yourself some releases to write about, let me know. It’s better to be “Joining Forces” than writing about and posting the same albums. (Did you see what I did there?) 😉 (http://tinyurl.com/34bv39)

Enjoy your holidays if you have any.

[…] and more important german hip hop heads do take part, Sammy Deluxe from Hamburg and member of the Mongo Clikke, D-Flame and a wonderful song with Xavier Naidoo. I have to say, I really don´t like this guy and […]

reup pleeeeease 🙂
looking for this for a long time…..

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