What are you doing on Christmas Day 2015

How to explain Deutschrap 2015 to your family at Christmas

“Are you still using this internet?” Explaining family members over 40 what the job of an online journalist is is sometimes not easy. It is even less easy when the content you deal with in your mysterious, digital articles mainly has to do with German rap.

When you suddenly find yourself crammed together knee to knee at the dining table at Christmas time with all your close and distant relatives, you unfortunately cannot escape the inevitable question: “What are you doing now?” There is hardly a situation in life in which you are would rather answer this question with something other than a slap in the face. But don't worry: be it your pointless studies, your non-existent love life or dubious personal decisions - your family will find a weak point, no matter how great your life is, to make for the necessary discomfort during the holidays.

Since resistance is futile and slaps in the face are not a nice form of communication, you can take the chance and actually try to explain to your dear relatives what concerns you and what the little world looks like inside your own glass snow globe.

2015 was an eventful year for Deutschrap. With all the news and your own holey memory, it is important to concentrate on the big topics that dealt with Deutschrap in 2015 so as not to overwhelm your relatives.

So we also want to try to explain the small world of German rap to the family, where - to stick with the image of the snow globe - cocaine instead of snow trickles and Santa Claus comes through the door not with verbal but actual three hoes made of flesh and blood comes running. "Rap? It's all totally misogynistic macho behavior. "
So there are now one or two rappers who improve the women's quota in German rap. Schwesta Ewa for example:

“That's exactly the same as with men. Why does she have half-naked women in her video? "
Why not? Why shouldn't a woman sit in Ferraris, smoke blunts and fondle naked women? Of course, these are all reproductions of male cliché images. But it can also be seen as female self-empowerment.

“Did she just call herself 'hooker'? Wait - what's the name of the album ??? "
It is interesting that you are so attached to the red light issue. Ewa was once a prostute. Now she is no longer, but raps about it, among other things. But isn't it a shame that you - just like large parts of the German rap scene - still perceive her primarily as a hooker instead of a rapper? A pretty good one?

"Maybe it would help if she didn't call herself a 'hooker' all the time."
Is she doing that? And even if it does, it is also an instrument of self-empowerment. Why do Turks and Arabs call themselves Kanack today? That is actually a swear word, but they take power away from it by simply appropriating it for themselves. Speaking of Arabs: Have you ever heard of Xatar?

"Wasn't that at the Frankfurt Book Fair?"
Exactly. Incidentally, he's something like the boss of Schwesta Ewa. Do you like that better?

“He says 'Schnucki'. That's a nice change. Is that a nice one? "
I don't know, but if by “nice” you mean whether he's got a clean slate, then probably not. But still, Xatar managed to get out of prison within a year, make one of the most popular German rap albums of the year and write his biography.

"What's up with the coat?"
Xatar is wearing a coat. He is the boss and only the bosses wear coats.

"Like Santa Claus!"
Yes exactly. But away from the men and towards a boy who caused quite a stir this year: Money Boy.

"Is that a joke?"
This is the Hamlet question hip-hop philosophers have been asking since Money Boy released his first song. But believe it or not, Money Boy is currently one of the most popular and most discussed rappers in Germany. He releases around 15 mixtapes a year and has one of the most popular Twitter accounts.

"Why is he spilling his Fanta with the others on stage?"
Because Money Boy is a bit like our cousin Pauli: If he doesn't get any attention, he'll do something to get it. Some find it funny, others don't. In the spring, Money Boy was attacked for some tweets in which he made fun of the crash of the German Wings plane.

I don't think it's entirely correct that Chancellor Merkel also insults the deceased German Wings passengers as "victims"

- Money Boy (@therealmoneyboy) March 24, 2015

"Do you think Money Boy has ADD too?"
Certainly. But don't the best have that? By the way, Germany's number 1 provocateur Bushido struck again this year. After the terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, he posted a picture of himself wearing a sweater with the words "Paris" on it and wrote: "It's going to be around soon ..."

A photo posted by Anis Ferchichi (@ bush1do) on Jan 8, 2015 at 11:17 am PST

"So Money Boy's very black humor can be found funny or not - but I really don't understand the joke in the picture."
Very few have that. Bushido himself said that there was no message behind the post and it was a sheer coincidence that he was wearing a sweater that said “Paris” when he wanted to promote his new album. A former colleague of Bushido, Bass Sultan Hengzt, also provoked on social media this year. But with a completely different message than Bushido or Money Boy.

Here is the Premium Edition MUSIK WEGEN WEIBAZ pic.twitter.com/o3IV5jnQLQ

- BASS SULTAN HENGZT (@Sultanhengzt) February 22, 2015

“Oh, that was unexpected. "
You have to know that Buss Sultan Hengzt has changed a lot musically over the years. He used to make music that was much “harder” than it does today. The change to a supporter of homosexuals came as a surprise especially for his fans from the old days, who of course - which doesn't surprise us at all - reacted extremely disgusting and homophobic to the cover.

"I think I saw that on Spiegel Online too."
A definitive confirmation that hip-hop has now also made it into the feature pages, which was also a huge topic this year. It all started at the end of 2014, when the arrest warrant was declared the “German poet of the hour”. don't like, it's really your own fault.

"Do you think that's good or bad now?"
It depends. It is logical that it should happen because Deutschrap has never been more successful this year. The first places in the charts were almost entirely occupied by German rappers, and sales are skyrocketing again. HipHop is THE dominant youth culture at the moment. So that "that" is good, the "how" is sometimes the problem. A good example of this is Jan Böhmermann, you know him from ZDF. He recently published a video in which he satirized the Frankfurt rapper arrest warrant.

"Can't you do that?"
Of course you can. But not every comedian is funny, not every satire is successful and not every criticism is justified. There are Mario Barts and Helge Schneiders on this planet. As mentioned earlier, the problem is the "how" and not the "that". What Jan Böhmermann does in his video is actually nothing more than blackfacing, only that it is not black people, but migrants from the lower classes that are mocked and, as my colleague Marcus Staiger said, “the arrogance of a society that thinks that's okay that there are winners and losers, ”is revealed.

"That is of course very heavy fare. Does rap always have to be deadly serious?"
This is serious business too, okay? No nonsense, it's not at all. The celebrated idols from the feature pages all have a healthy dose of self-irony and Money Boy is probably the ultimate proof that Deutschrap has a sense of humor! Speaking of which: Around Money Boy there is not only a cloud of underage supporters, but also young rap talents - they have even established a new genre: German cloud rap.

"Yes, well, the question arises again whether this is meant seriously or not. That’s so meaningless. "
There are also heated debates within the hip-hop scene about whether Cloudrap is now the downfall of the West for German rap. Some die-hard hip-hop fans miss keywords like “punchlines” and “realness” among the Clourappers. On the other hand: Turn Up!

"What does that mean?"
Well, maybe you just have to accept Cloudrap for what he is and not impose any hip-hop rules on him. It's more about aesthetics than an elaborate rhyme structure and storytelling.

"And the hip-hop veterans are getting upset about it now?"
Or dissolve. Like flower pot.

"Who?"
Oh, it's not that important either. Can I have the salt?

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