Neo-Nazi Rap Flourishes in Germany-Whats Up Nigger? in 2005 Hip Hop Articles & Political Thought Forum

Neo-Nazi Rap Flourishes in Germany-Whats Up Nigger? in 2005 Hip Hop Articles & Political Thought Forum – A new wave of rap music is sweeping Germany: sexist, violent, often racist – and adored by neo-Nazis. Ruth Elkins reports on the alarming advance of the shock troops of popular culture Published: 17 August 2005 “If it doesn’t work out with hip hop,” shrugs Bushido, Germany’s most notorious rap star, “then I’ll just sell drugs.” It probably won’t come to that. The 26-year-old half Tunisian Berliner is turning the world of German hip hop upside down. The child of a German mother and an immigrant father is attracting, against all normal logic, a massive audience of neo-Nazis who love his hard-edged, racist and nationalistic lyrics. There has never been any doubting Bushido’s bad boy credentials. He is currently, and not for the first time, in an Austrian jail, waiting to see if he must stand trial on GBH charges. Earlier this month, an unfortunate 20-year-old Austrian man made the mistake of wandering too close to Bushido’s pimped-up 7 Series BMW. It is alleged the rapper and his two bodyguards suspected the man had punctured the tyres, and beat him senseless. Bushido could face 10 years in jail. Bushido’s latest brush with the law was par for the course for a true gangsta rapper. 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Snoop Dogg: all the American rap stars worth their platinum discs and pimped-out Hummers have had run-ins with the law or spent time behind bars. But there is something different about Bushido, a beefy man with five tattoos. He has sparked a huge debate in Germany, a country still new to gangsta rap, about how racist and offensive song lyrics can be before they become outright neo-Nazi propaganda. The police and the German equivalent of special branch have monitored the ultra-right rock scene for years. They have secretly recorded concerts of groups such as Kraftschlag, Ayran Duo and Reichsfront, banned their CDS and raided distributors. These kind of bands, who offer up songs called ” White and Full of Hate” have lyrics such as: “We are clansmen, of white race and clean blood; we are clansmen, watch out black man, be on your guard” and are seen as dangerous propaganda tools in the hands of Germany’s neo-Nazis as they attempt to reach out to teenagers and school children.

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