Rapsodist Reformers

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Born in Urban U.S.A., Hip-Hop Breaking Musical, Social Barriers in Germany

Megaloh
Megaloh is on tour with German rapper Afrob from October onwards.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Hip-hop music is one of Germany’s most popular musical genres, and a new generation of German hip-hop artists and groups are using the music as a platform to criticize intolerance and promote self-respect.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • German hip-hop has developed from its period of gangsta rap in the last decade.
    • Although the music has increasedly moved into the mainstream, there are also a number of artists who are more reflective, poetic and political in their lyrics.
    • Hip-hop artists Chefket, Megaloh, and Amewu have become known, amongst other things, for their technical ability to rap live, without support.
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The U.S. president, Barack Obama, famously brought hip-hop into the American political mainstream during a televised primary debate in 2012 when he wiped the “dirt off his shoulder,” a reference to a 2003 recording by Jay-Z.

It was a moment in which two worlds – hip-hop and the American political elite – merged for the first time.

The gesture during Mr. Obama’s election campaign is one of many in the U.S. president’s “bromance” with the American rapper.

As hard as it is to imagine the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, bopping her head along to Jay Z, hip-hop has firmly established itself in Germany.

The proliferation of German rap performed in the German language has firmly cemented itself in the German music mainstream, even if the number of rappers with reflective lyrics, politically charged content and a differentiated way of portraying their own lives is much smaller than in the United States.

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