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National Socialism with Fler? German Hip Hop from the Right

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Abstract:

This article examines the recent rise of right-wing terminology in mainstream German hip-hop lyrics and the reaction of the German media to these songs. We argue that the inclusion of these controversial lyrics was a deliberate effort on the part of the individual artists to titillate their audiences and ultimately produce revenue. The media soon "took the bait" and became unwilling collaborators in this effort. Here we expose potential reasons for the sudden increase in usage of nationalist references in German hip hop; although true "right-wing" hip hop does indeed exist there, these references to National Socialism seem to function as an articulation of a new German identity constructed through a complex engagement with American popular culture and its own past.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007760701546323

Publication date: October 1, 2007

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