The song also features a homophobic line directed at Wowereit, who is gay. The video, which quickly drew complaints, was pulled from YouTube and politicians went on the attack. While the rap scene in Germany is smaller and less culturally relevant than in countries like the United States or France, it has become more prominent in recent years, with Bushido among its best known figures. Bushido, who grew up in the Tempelhof area of Berlin and has a Tunisian father, has spoken openly about his drug dealing past.
His autobiography, "Bushido," was turned into a feature film. While some of his early songs, were banned from live performance for being offensive, he has, in recent years, become more accepted by the German mainstream and even German politicians. In he was given a Bambi Award for being a "role model" of integration, and in he completed an internship at the German parliament. But he has remained controversial.
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In he caused a small political uproar when he tweeted a map of the Middle East in which Israel did not exist, along with the words "Free Palestine. The latest controversy may land Bushido in legal trouble.
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Germany has strict regulations when it comes to "hate speech" and the artist may have gone too far. A person who wishes for the death of a politician is no role model.
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The scandal has reverberated throughout Germany's pop culture scene as well. Heino, the phenomenally popular singer of German Schlager music from the '70s and '80s -- who once renounced his own Bambi Award as a protest against Bushido -- has spoken out, saying that Bushido "must be stopped. Although he initially seemed to welcome the controversy -- tweeting "I'm making headlines, yeah" -- he has since, perhaps because of the impending threat of litigation, become more apologetic.
He appeared in a TV interview on Monday in which he said that his song was "in no way a call to violence" and that "if he shoots with anything, it's words.
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But that may not make much of a difference for his impending legal battles -- Wowereit has already initiated a claim against the rapper. Related Topics. The final music video "Adel" released on the same date as the album. Bushido is often criticized in the media for his misogynistic, nationalist and racist lyrics and for refusing to reject some of his controversial fans. Hip-hop has always been an expressive outlet for people across ethnic lines, primarily the underprivileged in the United States.
However, some point to his partial North African ethnicity and collaboration with minority artists, like Azad , Eko Fresh and Cassandra Steen as evidence that Bushido is not racist. The "A" is interpreted by many as referring to Adolf Hitler. According to Bushido, the line is a citation from a rap by Azad , who often calls himself "A".
Bushido provoked much discussion through his use of controversial song lyrics, which can be interpreted as being misogynistic, homophobic, sexist and violence-glorifying.
For example, the song " Nutte Bounce ", from his demo album King of KingZ , frequently uses the term " nutte " derogatory German for prostitute. When questioned, Bushido explained that he doesn't mean women in general but rather the "real bitches". In November , Bushido hit the headlines after he made a scornful remark about Paris Hilton in an interview with net. I would like to have her for the sexual act: humiliating and then bye. In ersguterjunge Sampler Vol. In late August , Bushido was criticized for his involvement in the concert Schau nicht weg , a campaign against violence at schools, organized by Bravo and VIVA.
In June , after participants of the Kreuzberg Pride spotted Bushido on the Berlin U-Bahn Schlesisches Tor , a verbal conflict ensued between the rapper and the participants in which Bushido insulted individuals by referring to their sexual orientation. As result, he and his entourage were splashed with drinks and the organizers of the pride sued him for libel. In January , Bushido garnered additional media attention by tweeting "Free Palestine" along with a map of the Middle East in which Israel did not exist.
Israel's embassy in Berlin responded to the rapper's actions by tweeting, with irony, directly to his Twitter handle: " Bushido78 first women, then gays and now Israel: We are proud to belong to the victims of the integration prize winner Bushido. In , Bushido received a Bambi Award for successful German integration in Germany — despite his reputation for homophobia and misogyny.
The Bambi Foundation head Patricia Riekel reacted to his tweet by saying: "We are examining the incident and will react accordingly. More legal trouble ensued following an incident at a party in Linz, Austria on 30 July Upon discovery that his tires had been slashed, he and two of his bodyguards were involved in a physical altercation with a year-old Austrian man from Linz who was left with severe head injuries.
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Bushido later denied the claims of his marriage. In , Bushido earned more international press coverage when he was threatened with legal action by the symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir , who claimed that Bushido had sampled two of their songs without permission, "Mourning Palace" and "Alt Lys Er Svunnet Hen". No case was brought against him. Two songs from the Liverpool band Antimatter had also been sampled by Bushido without permission, although this dispute was settled later before any legal action was taken.
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Also the French band Dark Sanctuary accused Bushido of taking songs off their material without permission. In addition to that, he was ordered to recall and destroy all unsold copies. In their video they compared Dark Sanctuary's songs to those of Bushido. In April , it became publicly known that Bushido signed on 22 December a general power of attorney to Arafat Abou-Chaker, the leader of the Lebanese criminal clan Abou-Chaker, which allows him to dispose of Bushido's whole estate, including accounts, cars and gains. In late-March , Kay One's videos, along with their million views, had been removed from Bushido's YouTube channel.
Bushido tweeted following this action: "I don't have beef, with anyone". The statement ends with the word "ex-guterjunge". In April , Kay One said good-bye to ersguterjunge via Facebook. In May , Kay One has been attacked after two performances by masked persons armed with knives, but nobody got hurt.
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Later he blamed Bushido for sending those people, who denied it. In the interview with hostess Visa Vie, they talked about their personal issues with Kay One. In return to the accusation of being a pedophile, he claimed that Bushido had cheated on his wife with a seventeen-year-old girl. Kay One reacted hours later via Facebook by calling Bushido a "hate preacher" and accusing him for lying. He also stated, that he will not talk anymore about the feud.
Later Anne-Marie Ferchichi, Bushido's wife, felt insulted by Kay One's lyrics directed at her and sent him a warning via a lawyer. Kay One removed the video re-uploaded it half a day later. Since then the video was completely removed from the platform. After several indirect provocations from both sides, the situation escalated at an open-air festival in Munich in the summer of From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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