Nimo hat das Talent, deutsche Wörter auszusprechen, als seien sie von einer anderen Welt. Er sieht sowieso so Recht gut aus, er hat tiefe grün funkelnde Augen, einen Schwung im Gesicht, ein Gesicht für die Kamera. Noch mehr aber hat er die vielleicht schönste Stimme im derzeitigen Rap. Eine Mischung aus guter Junge und einem Rowdy auf den ersten Blick; verzogen, aber am Ende doch lieb. Genau so hatte ich ihn auch während meines Interviews für die FAZ erlebt, das Anfang des Jahres (leider nur print) erschien. Continue reading ›
Es gibt kaum eine Künstlerin, bei der ich mir lüstern das ganze Album reinziehe. Nicht Sabrina Claudio, und leider auch keine Beyoncé, aber eine, die es wirklich schafft, heißt Jorja Smith. Jedes ihrer Worte berührt mein Herz, und doch sogar meinen Verstand. Continue reading ›
Es ist wahr, wir konsumieren fast ein wenig diese guten Männerstimmen des Deutschraps, aber was sollen wir (Frauen) auch tun? Junge Rapper wie Dardan rappen so attraktiv von Liebesbeziehungen, dass wir irgendwie dahin schmelzen. Dardan, der gerade einmal 20-jährige Mr. Dardy, ist gerade dabei, groß zu werden. Dabei ist der gebürtige Stuttgarter schon 2m groß, und vielen Nimo-Fans ein Begriff. Genau neben ihm stand Dardan wie auch Mortel bereits auf der Bühne. Seinen ersten großen Erfolg teilte er in einem größeren Publikum mit “Telefon” an der Seite Nimos, indem er seinen schnellen Flow unter Beweis stellte. Und gleich danach kam Dardan Mushkolaj wie er bürgerlich heißt, mit Mister Dardy aus seinem Album “Hallo Deutschrap” als Womanizer zurück. Continue reading ›
Seit Anfang August gibt es die neue EP von Iggy Azalea zu hören. “Survive the Summer” heißt das gute Stück. Für den darauf erschienen Song “Kream” holte sie sich gleich Tyga mit aufs Boot. Ziemlich klar, dass es da um “ass” & “money” geht. Die “sozialen” Komponenten also, die das derzeitige Leben braucht, um zu überleben. Ziemlich witzig. Und ziemlich wahr, wenn man bedenkt, dass Männer zurzeit Geld wie Heu in die Kamera schmeißen und Frauen ihren Hintern wie Sand am Meer.
Wer kennt nicht die Bilder der Mädchen, die ihren Hinterteil der Kamera entgegen strecken, um nur dabei so attraktiv und vorteilhaft wie möglich zu erscheinen?! Da sind also zwei Pohälften zu sehen wie sie es zentraler nicht sein könnten, und damit, wenn auch nicht unbedeckt, sichtbarer denn je. Hat man Glück, ist von der Seite ein geschwungenes Nasenprofil zu erkennen. Der Blick arrogant, der Hintern einladend. “Schau’ mir auf den Hintern, Kleines, und er könnte schon bald dir gehören”, ruft es aus. Continue reading ›
Rapper Mortel sah ich das erste Mal live auf dem Konzert von Nimo im vergangenen Jahr. War er Franzose? Deutscher? Oder doch Afrikaner? Ich konnte es nicht sagen. Er kam irgendwie aus dem Nichts. Dabei macht er schon mit “Stimmen der Unterschicht” feat. Nimo und Azad in einem breiteren Publikum von sich Reden. Ein Song, der auf seinem Mixtape Racaille im vergangenen Jahr erschien. Und mit “Depart” etablierte er seinen “Recaille”-Sound des Straßenraps weiterhin.
Jetzt kommt er mit neuem Album “Arriveé” daher und ist angekommen. Angekommen im großen Rap-Game. Und tatsächlich, um auf seine Herkunft zurück zu kommen: er ist im amerikanischen Stützpunktort Bitburg geboren, ist kongolesischer Abstammung, und lernte durch Verwandte in Paris, die er besuchte und die selbst Hip Hop hörten, die fanzösische Kultur kennen. Daher der Name: Mortel, zu Deutsch “tödlich”. Continue reading ›
As a sight for sore eyes in the front row of celebrated designer houses between Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, the singer and songwriter Miguel has entered the arena of Superstars in the United States – even if he might be still a sleeper for Europe and Asia. A reason for that: he is no way getting converted into a product of the industries as he remains true to himself establishing his very own music and songwriting. With his third album Wildheart he confirmed what he has proven best, who he is: the new rockstar of RnB emerged from a modest soul singer to a wayward artist.
As part of his Wildheart-Tour Miguel came to Germany, where he already is a household name as he has a huge diverse fan base here as well since his song „sure thing“. He knows how to entertain especially the women, when he performs on stage with his sexy and rocky attitude, simultaneously asking his fans to promise to not fit into the norm before performing „what’s normal anyway“. Dressed in white leather Miguel has become a star, who is able to fill the space. With a topless body he sings himself into the hearts of his audience. And he knows to dance with the Crotch-Grab. Like an angel from Los Angeles, who likes to sin. His album is a matter of sin and love anyway. And his whole album is a book of poems. Before the concert in Frankfurt, I met inside of the tourbus in contrast a too boyish to be 30, but too grounded to be not handsome down-to-earth but charismatic Miguel.You might inhale every word that comes from a “free spirit and a wild heart”.In our interview for AMY&PINK, answering like a poet, speaking like a singer, Miguel gave us the chance to join his thoughts on his album Wildheart, L.A. and his very own personal journey of life and love. Continue reading ›
The self-proclaimed million dollar misfit Iggy Azalea is after having left the stage by saying “Bad Bitches” the cutest girl in the world. In Berlin, the rapper from Australia proved how well she masters rapping. The crowd in Berlin was swept away by a strong ponytail hurling and booty shaking entertainer in a Cheerleader-Outfit.
2011, she released her mixtape “Ignorant Art” and became known for the hits “My World”, “Murda Business”, and “Pussy.” Last song makes think of the sensational hit “My Neck, My Back” by Khia, which ran in our childhood censored on MTV. And still today female rapper have to justify their sexual freedom in a male-dominated Hip Hop world when it comes to the debate of gender. Iggy Azalea gets a kick out of showing her butt to the audience, but the fun stops as someone starts to speak about the crazy actions, she commented on her appearance in London, which caused a sensation.
In addition she is a big fan of classical Nanny Fran Fine and Grace Kelly. “Trust Your Struggle” she tattooed on her arm. At the age of only 22, Iggy is thanks to TI already well in. 2013, from XXL Magazine’s Top 10 Freshman of the Year 2012 crowned Iggy Azalea will release her album “The New Classic”. And with her hit “work” Iggy is on everyone’s lips and facebook wall. Rapper Azelea Banks must be envious. It’s obvious that Allroundtalent Iggy Azalea is going to be very big or even a legend. The sexy Wilhelmina model from Australia, which counts Tupac one of heir great idols, and was dressed by her father as art, told us very smart and reflected what she thinks about being a misfit, today’s gender roles and openness in the music world.
When you were at high school, have you been a misfit?
Yes. When I was in high school, everybody thought, I was weird as hell. And I used to walk home at lunch times, because my house was down the street from my school. And I just had no friends. I would go home at the lunch time and go on the computer and look at music and different artists and stuff I liked. And I would not want to come back to school. I didn’t really have friends.
Can I ask you why?
Just because I liked to dress how I liked to dress, and I liked to do things like change my names and be like „My name is blablabla“, just stuff like that. Kids were like „she’s kinda weird, we don’t really know about her“. I don’t know. Kids are mean, you know.
Today if you are an outsider, you are appreciated for who you are.
I think you get appreciated for that, when you are an artist, or when you are a grown up. Being unique is celebrated. but I still think to this day, if you ask a lot of kids at high school, literally outsiders, they probably get picked on still. They still hate it, they are still saying shit. It’s just we are growing up, so we have a broader understanding, and it’s appreciated.
But today you are a million dollar misfit.
It’s pretty good. Laughing
What would you do, if you weren’t a rapper?
My mother was a very bad cook when I was a child. But I always wanted to eat home-made cakes.
I have always tried, but the dough is never risen and was always flat. And my family always said: “Iggy is the worst baker. Do not eat her cake. It’s disgusting. “And I thought, I’ll find a way to bake delicious cakes. And so I’ve been practicing and I’m really good. So I thought if I do not rap, I’ll bake cakes. Because it’s like art. You design and paint them. So I thought, why not be a baker.
I read that you also paint.
Yes, my father is an artist. I like drawing and making etchings. My father is a comic artist and likes comic books. When I grew up, I was interested primarily in linework, that hard line implementation. Therefore I like etchings and drawings. That’s to me like meditation. I still draw and give my friends the drawings for their birthdays.
What’s your favorite comic, or your superhero?
My favourite super hero? I like Catwoman. Well actually I like Poison Ivy, but she’s not a super hero, but I just like her hair. Raarrrr, I like powerful women. I like looking at the old comicbook characters, they drew woman, that are curvy, big hips, and I always think „I wish I could look like that comicbook girls“.
You are pretty curvy.
But I have little boobs.
You have a great physique.
I have a nice butt, doing okay.
So are you self-concious with your own look?
I think, all women are. We all have things about us, that we like, and we all have things about us, that we want to hide, cover up. Somedays I like having small boobs, some days I want big boobs. You know how women are. We change. It just depends. Right now I feel pretty good about everything.
Would you ever change your hair color? Ever?
I would never change it. I already tried, it all plant out. When I’m like 50, I’m gonna go grey. All grey like a silver fox. What’s it called, when you’re the women version? I don’t know, but I’ll have it.
Straight haircut, and it will be great, and I’ll do that. That’s the only chance. I’ve always been a blonde.
So you are a natural blonde. I can see it by your eyebrows.
I had to get these drawn on, because mine are blonder than this.
Which fashion designers do you love most?
I really love Jeremy Scott. I was never crazy about his style, but every day I have always seen myself suddenly put in his things. So I must say that he is one of them. His fashion is always loud, colorful and fun. The jacket that I am wearing is from him. I like anything that has bold prints. But I love Karen Miller. Noone would think that of me. But I like the classic cut and the color blocking of the clothes. I also love the dresses by Elie Saab. Women have so many different moods and characters that we love to play with. I like to play with different designers, according to the character that I feel now.
Let’s talk about your album „Ignorant Art“ which is made with the intent to make people question old ideals. How did you redefine your old ideals and how do they look now?
I never had my own. It wasn’t to redefine my. It was to redefine everybody elses, because I feel like people always tell me „you can’t rap, because you look like this“. And I thought, you have an ideal in your head of what a rapper looks like or what Hiphop looks like. And I am from somewhere else, where I see everybody looks like this, that like it. And I think maybe it’s bigger than what you think, and I just wanted people to question that and see that it could be different, I would hear people often talk about music or art as well and say „Oh, Picasso is not a real painter or Pop Art is not real Art. How is taking a label, and painting again art? That’s not art, Renaissance is real art or soul music is real music, blues is real music, rap is not real music, or if it’s rap about a story of you’re life it’s good music, but if it’s about having fun or having party it’s not real music and I thought: Why is one better than the other? Or what makes something art, or what makes something music and what makes it trash, or not? I just wanted to experiment with that and try to show that music can be still fun and be art and be great as well.
So more tolerance?
More tolerance, I think, and just more open-mindedness to what’s it’s evolve to be. Because I think sometimes, and a lot with Americans, that are concerned with what’s going on in their world or their city or country, that you can forget that. There is this big whole world full of people that like the same thing, but they are a little bit different. And you can’t have this music or this culture or this style to where it’s available to us, or it’s available to you here in Berlin. But then how can you say „you can hear it, but you can’t make it“. You are not allowed, because you don’t look like us. That’s just not the case how it evolves and I just want people to see it was evolving and it was something bigger and I want them to be aible to see for themselves.
In London a few days ago you showed your butt. Would you think of calling yourself a feminist?
Ooh, not really. Because of some things that I think feminists probablly would kick my ass,
I still want a man that kind of be like „cook me dinner!“ some nights. Just as a women, I think, sometimes all women enjoy, like you want to feel …
Yeah, security of a men, being a man, and sometimes you want to feel like that but then I feel that like in my personal relationships, but when it comes to what society thinks or what I see in media, why women get portrayed. I never feel that way, well what the hell „fuck you!“ I want to change it. I don’t like it and I don’t like that women can’t be agressive or wear this or that. Why does it have to be feminism? It’s like a connotation of what that is kinda in the media, I don’t like it. So in that sense I am, but in my personal life and in other parts I still like to have the traditional role.
You’re not exactly naked, but you show lots of skin. But that seems to be fine with you, because at the other side of the world, men try to…
…men try to sexualize women and we grow up as women and as men, with this idea being said to us of what is okay, what sort of sex or sexuality is okay for a women. Long hair, thats okay,or to be this picture of the magazine, that’s sexuality, that’s okay and it’s almost like portrayed as „you have to be that , you owe it to the men to be that“. And in all the movies the men ends up with the same fucking girl, you know what I mean? And why does it have to be that? I don’t like the contrains of what that sexiness is. I don’t think it’s powerful, a lot of times, if you do it in a way, that is almost aggressive to them, and all the time feminists are coming and saying „Oh, what is she doing?“ and freaking out. Well fuck you! I think women should be aible to be sexy in whatever way they want, however they want to define it, and we should be aible to have our own power, and we should be able to define what we think it is to us.
And we should be the ones that put the images out there of how we want to be portrayed and not how it’s demeaning. And I think women get messed up, it’s like „oh no, she showed her butt, ooh it’s demeaning“ And it is if you take the power out of it, and you take the power of out it, into your own hands, and fuck you. I am doing it, and you can feel fucking good about it! And it’s awesome and it’s what I think about it, and where I come from. And I always do that stuff, because I think it’s bullshit that they try to tell you, you can’t! ‘Cause they are scared of it. And I always do it! Fuck that!
And when it comes to homosexuality in the Hiphop business, do you know how the people handle it?
Like homophobic stuff? Yeah. I do see it. Lately I been working with so many electronic/dancemusic producers and stuff like that, and that world is kind of more open and tolerant to that sort of thing, or the fashion world. I think slowly but surely rappers are coming around and being more tolerant, but I still when I’m at the studio I hear „don’t bring any gay men here“ or „don’t say anything about that“. It can be quite harsh but it always goes back to that machonism. Sexuality that they can’t control, freaks them out like homosexuality or women being powerful, all these things. A lot of men in hip hop.
Hip Hop is still patriarchic.
I hate it. I know so many men in the industry that are like „aah, she can’t do it!“ It’s just like you don’t want me to do it, because I am doing it in a way that you don’t feel comfortable. They say to me „Why do your songs have to be so aggressive? I don’t want to hear a women say those things. I want a women to be sexy.“ And I always think, well I know plenty of girls they think this shit is sexy. You just want me to be sexy in a way that is submissive to you. Well you find that sexy, fuck that! Because I am not doing it to be sexual to you. I am doing it for women to have something that can make us feel like „yeah, fuck yeaah!“ And I think that’s what makes people confused like „Oh, its sexual.“ „It’s not sexual, it’s sexual for women to feel strong!“ It’s different. And I don’t do it.
Thank you very much for sparing one minute additionally, Iggy!
First published on AMY&PINK in German on the 01.16.2013