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Das Ding ausm Sumpf

Music Hip-Hop/Rap Germany

Presented by: Verband für Popkultur in Bayern e.V.

What's that bubbling under the surface? What's making a beeline through the venerable thicket of German thinkers and poets? It's as though the German hip hoppers Freundeskreis are covering their compatriot Curse, or perhaps the Teutonic rappers Marteria and Käptn Peng are jamming at a beach bar? Or maybe Das Ding ausm Sumpf ("Swamp Thing") is exactly the new rap that Germany needs.

Stefan Mühlbauer first studied operatic singing, then earned his doctorate in economics before becoming chairman of the supervisory board at a machine building company. Because why not. Now he also raps about the pointlessness of capitalism, the madness of nine-to-five, the emptiness of a life spent craving more—and how to get away from all that. The swamp thing's lyrics aren't simply complaints or accusations, but also ideas for solutions and calls to action, dialectically undercut by biting sarcasm, outrageously fat beats, and bittersweet, haunting grooves. A one-stop shop of German hip hop nobody saw coming. And on top of all that, his mustache is absolutely on point.

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