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    German Rapper Fler: Aryan Hip Hop?

    German rapper Fler wears finger-thick gold chains and big baggy jeans, but his rhetoric would have made Adolf Hitler proud. In his recent album, New German Wave, the blue-eyed, baby-faced rapper rhymes, "Black, red, gold, hard and proud ... believe me, my mom is German." In the accompanying video, Fler struts through Berlin, while Aryan-looking thugs wave an enormous German flag and battle with swarthy immigrants.

    Meet the Fatherland's new shock troops: German rappers scaling the pop charts with violent, nationalistic lyrics and building a fan base that includes legions of neo-Nazis. Fler's album, for instance, debuted at No.5 within a week of its May release and is set to become certified gold.

    The growing popularity of the genre threatens to energize a growing far- right movement here and has pushed the government to censor rap albums for their sadistic content. "[Rap lyrics] are becoming increasingly pornographic, violent, and racist," says parliamentarian Monika Griefahn. "We need to restrict it in order to protect our individual rights and our young people."

    For years, German rap had been about as edgy as Neil Diamond with sweet boy- band lyrics about school and sports. A few years ago, one hip-hop group scored a hit singing about how cool their sweaters looked. But recently, German rappers like Fler, Bushido, and Sido have been emulating American gangsta- style hip-hop and writing lurid, offensive lyrics that glorify violence and crime. And in an effort to be truly provocative in a country where overt displays of nationalist fervor have long been taboo, some rappers have been openly flirting with fascism: In his recent bestselling album, Bushido rapped, "Salute, stand at attention, I'm the leader like A." That is seen as a reference to Adolf Hitler, though the rapper denies it.

    To be sure, the far right will not invite the rappers to headline a rally anytime soon. Although many neo-Nazis praise the lyrics, they believe that rap strays far from the Aryan ideal because of its African-American roots. For their part, the rappers deny being extremists. "I think skinheads suck. I've gotten into fist fights with them," says Fler. "I don't want to put down other minorities. I'm just saying that I think it's cool to be German."

    Dangerous words. But the music often goes well beyond simple declarations of pride--Fler advertised his new CD with a quote from Hitler: "On May 1st, we'll shoot back"--and that scares many here. "This might all be a way to sell records, but it promotes National Socialism," says antiextremist activist Jorn Menge. "Such a mix of patriotism and violence in music is very dangerous."After a recent public outcry, the government placed some of the more violent titles on a watch list. The designation requires more than an "explicit lyrics" sticker: If an album is censored, it can't be advertised or sold to anyone under 18.

    The sanctions haven't had much of an impact on the music's popularity, however, especially in formerly Communist East Germany. With 30 percent unemployment and a booming crime rate, many young people in the east say that they relate to the depictions of violence and drugs. Appeals to ultra- nationalism also play well: In September's parliamentary elections, the neo- Nazi party quadrupled its support. Indeed, when Bushido gives concerts in the east, neo-Nazis ask him to sign their shaved heads.

    At a recent Fler concert outside the eastern German city of Dresden, the crowd roared with approval when the young rapper stormed across the stage, wearing a camouflage jacket and a baseball cap. "He really speaks to young people,"says Stefan Sbiegay, 18. "We want to be proud to be German." Plus, Sbiegay says, "I understand what he is saying. When I listen to American rappers, I only understand half of the lyrics."

    But not everyone was cheering. Klaus Grenga, 24, had never listened to Fler before the concert; a friend had brought him along. "I can't really understand the words that well," he says loudly over the thumping bass. "But the music is terrible. Give it a few years, and people will be sick of it." And by then, perhaps, people will be sick of the lyrics, too.

    Check out his homepage:

    http://aggroberlin.de/fler/


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    Is this guy really that popular in Germany? They way the article makes it sound, one would think so.

    It seems every country has it's own Eminem nowadays, even Iceland has a few, including a "female rapper" :speechles

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    Hip Hop should never be mixed with Patriotism of Nordic lands. It betrays the quality of entertainment that hails from our own roots, and is a sell out to Modern MTV Culture.

    I mean, you get many Whites who love Hip Hop, and walk the walk and talk the talk like those in the Bronx, but they are quite racist, hypocritically on other levels. They do not realise Hip Hop is actually detrimental to our Culture and the behaviour of our youth.

    I guess, these 2 are just that.
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    This story is old, the song called "Neue Deutsche Welle" was made during spring. He released his second song some weeks ago and no one cares for it. This guy has the so called "ghetto chic" - masses of pre-fab-tower-block-big-city-numb-whigger teens are his fans - and is part of a huge German hip hop scene coming mostly out of the cities of Berlin and Frankfurt (huge rate of foreigners, huge rate of crime).

    Other German hip hoppers don't like him very much and state things like that he has to cover up his bad skills with making something completely different from what hip hop really is - music from black people for black people.

    This guy was already discussed in the German section of tNP in May.

    Here can you see the video clip of "Neue Deutsche Welle" (.ZIP; also available on his homepage)
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    While puritanically offensive, one finds that honesty and dismissing success goes badly hand in hand. Better yet if that is canalised into existing nationalism, instead of running wild in the minds of the confused youth.

    Bears a lot of watching alright.. and for you in Germany to reach out to theses kids who have realised that "Being German is Kool" ..for certainly that still requires quite a bit of direction?
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    In Germany Bushido is quite popular, it seems like he is on tv every 5 minutes during the times when the most youth watch. I haven't heard of this Fler though, but I have to admit, I'm not exactly aware of the German hip hop scene...

    I don't like rap or hip hop but I know that many young people are confused and don't realize there is better music out there. Anything that brings them such a message is good. This has the potential to reach millions of our youth. Like someone said, the music is bad, and it's popularity may not last, but the nationalist ideals will, by the virtues of their truth and goodness.

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