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In the 90ties of the last century german hip hop reached the national charts. Most of the artists had funny and/or serious lyrics, both presented in intelligent ways. Only a few acts were able to stay at the top of the international hiphop-standard, some of them release fine records until today. But since a few years german hiphop has changed, now mainly called rap by it artists and dominated from gangsta-macho-bullshit. The lyrics are full of sexism, homophobia, racism and glorify the life as a (wannabe-) gangsta. The “artists” preach violence against women and minorities, rapping about the tough life in german ghettos (of course there are no ghettos you might compare with the situation of some US-cities, when gangsta rap did rise at the beginning of the nineties in the USA). Well, business as usual???

Some of these rappers, children of immigrants, mix this gangsta attitude with their muslim identity. “Massiv” from Berlin is not only selling thousands of records, he also drops lines comparing himself with the Taliban. Okay, his lifestyle and his bling bling rap contradicts with the goals of the Taliban, but some sort of german rappers use the vocabulary of the Jihad and glorify antisemitic terrorists. Now “Bözemann” (The Bad Man) from Stuttgart, not as half as popular as “Massiv”, published a battlerap-track on youtube, disses “Massiv” in harsh ways. In the crappy and violent video he raps – of course – uncountable homophobic and violent lines. So once again: business as usual??

Even if you accept this as standard, the “Bözemann” track is not business as usual. At the end of the video he buried “Massive”, putting up a cross (but “criticizing” the rapper from Berlin to drag the Koran in the mud and saying he is not a real muslim) with his name and a Magen David. At his website “Bözemann” wrote:

Massive […] for sure you are not a muslim, you are a jew

(Du bist mit Sicherheit kein Moslem du bist mit Sicherheit Jude)

We are writing the year 2007 and jew again is an invective. And the jewish producer Ilan from Berlin was marked as a “geldgeilerJude” [a Jew, be dead keen on money]. Who did say this? Fler and Spencer, two also very popular german gangsta rapper.

60 years after the Holocaust, antisemitism is a problem of muslim immigrants in Germany? No, for sure not. Without the white, german suburban middleclass kids this kind of rap would never be that big. And the antisemitism from this “artists” is falling on fertile ground. Antisemitic “Neue Deutsche Welle”?

If you understand german, read this interesting interview on antisemitism in german rap.

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