For years, gangsta rappers in Germany have been enjoying chart hits and winning accolades like the Echo awards. At the same time, some artists’ lyrics have been called anti-Semitic, homophobic and misogynistic.
Felix Klein suggested the decoration for Campino's stance against German rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang at the Echo Awards. Campino said the rappers "crossed a red line" with their reference to Auschwitz inmates.
Record companies have scrapped the Echo awards after controversy erupted around anti-Semitic lyrics by the winners for best album. The decision came on a day of solidarity rallies with Jewish communities across Germany.
The controversy at the German Echo music awards and the recent assault in Berlin are alarming signs of growing anti-Semitism in Germany. Different Jewish musicians tell DW how they interpret the events.
As a former member of the advisory board for the Echo prize, Christian Höppner accepted the nomination of the controversial rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang. Their popularity demonstrates a deep social rift in Germany.
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