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.
German rapper Kollegah says that after visiting Auschwitz, he saw how offensive some of his most recent lyrics are to Jews. "I will never use words like those again," he said in an interview.
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.
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