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Back 2 Tape: Berlin Vol. 2

For 20 years I have been travelling as a hip-hop music journalist.

Now, together with Porsche, I have taken a road trip across Europe, which has taken me to artists and cities in France, Great Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, and Germany. Hip-hop is lived, respected and loved everywhere.

"I wanted to be the best MC"

Savaş Yurderi is better known under his stage name Kool Savas. At the age of eleven, the son of a Turkish father and a German mother moved to Kreuzberg from Aachen via Turkey.

Kool Savas first raps in English before he switches to German together with Fumanschu and Justus as "Masters Of Rap". Hip-Hop stands for tolerance The LPs "Tot oder lebendig", "Aura" and "Gespaltene Persönlichkeit" saw the Berlin battle-rapper finally reach the top of the German hip-hop scene and become a permanent feature of the Berlin cityscape. “My love of hip-hop is unchanged,” emphasizes the self-confessed Porsche lover. “I have learned a lot and worked hard on myself, but my relationship and contact with hip-hop is even more intense than before.” An essential component of his idea of hip-hop is tolerance. King of Rap For " Back 2 Tape ", I took a seat next to Kool Savas in a special place: on the steps of the stairs that can be seen in his iconic music video for "King of Rap", a German rap classic. In the years following the release, Savas’ rhymes remain quoted and sung again and again. Whether it is Tua von den Orsons, Fatoni or even Dendemann or Jan Böhmermann: they all refer to the "King of Rap".

The art of scratching

Josi Miller wants to shape a new era of beats. Josi Miller used to be known under her stage name YO-C - explaining what fascinates her, she said: To create something completely new from things that already exist. But all that takes a lot of practice. One is the art of scratching, the other is creating something that doesn't exist yet.

Set a statement

Together with Helen Fares, she has been hosting the podcast "Deine Homegirls" since 2016, which first ran on Energy Sachsen and in 2017 she switched to the hip-hop channel "BoomFM" from Berlin online radio Flux FM.

They take a thoroughly critical look at the social significance of hip-hop. “The more women in high positions, whether in the music industry or in rap line-ups, the less you have to discuss the topic,” says Miller.

Save the Date: Premiere of Back 2 Tape on April 16th

The documentary was made in cooperation with hip-hop magazine "Backspin" and music journalist Niko Hüls. It sheds light on hip-hop youth culture using the example of 16 artists from all over Europe. In the run-up to the premiere individual artists will give personal insights into the production of the film project by speaking via Instagram live streams over the Easter holidays.

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Apr 10, 2020 at 10:09


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