2003 German Hip-Hop Review By David L. “Money Train” Watts, Funk Gumbo Radio, FuTurXTV, The FuTurX, LLC & HipHopbattle.com
My first real encounter with actual German hip-hop was in late July 2003 at Germany’s MTV Hip Hop Open at Stuggard, Germany. Johannes “Strachi” Strachwitz runs 711hiphop.com. Strachi and Alex Ritcher are the co-promoters of the MTV Hip-Hop Open. Alex also runs a major German talent agency called Four Artists. Some of Germany’s top hip-hop groups are on Four Artists.
MTV was broadcasting the live one-day hip-hop concert that drew around 10,000 German teenagers. I hadn’t arrived but a minute and was interviewing some German lowriders at the MTV Hip-Hop Open Fairgrounds. I started paying attention to a German hip-hop song blaring on the loud speakers. The beat was forgettable, but the hook was not. I barely bopping my head to the beat when the hook jumped in saying, “We Das Niggas!” “We Das Niggas!” I thought it was funny hearing the N-word in German and then I realized I was the only “Das Nigga” around a sea of white and unfamiliar faces. But why should I be surprised to see thousands of foreign white folks shouting out “Where My Nigga At?” Or “Nigga Who” or dozens and dozens of “Nigga” hooks on practically every major hit hip-hop song or music video. Our hood or urban culture is everywhere in Germany—the good and the bad. So I laughed off my “We Das Niggas” experience and enjoyed the concert.
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