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Advanced Chemistry to Sookee: 30ish years of German rap

By some calculations, hip-hop is celebrating 44 years as a musical genre and a movement this weekend. German rap is not quite so old, but there have been three rhyme-rich decades so far.

On Saturday, Google users were treated to a nifty interactive doodle commemorating an odd anniversary: 44 years since the party that is credited with beginning the hip-hop movement, which has had a transformative effect on all aspects of culture - from aesthetics to politics.

In 44 years, hip-hop music has gone from misunderstood to maligned to monetized, but at its best it has provided an alternative for people alienated by the mainstream.

In the origin story Google told this weekend, hip-hop began 44 years ago at a summer barbecue in New York City's Bronx borough; its legacy in Germany is much shorter, but here, too, it has provided an alternative, an outlet, a reason to celebrate. In the spirit of the all-knowing Google, which says there's no wrong time for an anniversary, here are a few German hip-hoppers to spend a summer Saturday with.