Ebow

© Magdalena Fischer
© Magdalena Fischer
© Magdalena Fischer
Last year Vienna-based rapper Ebow released Komplexität, her second LP. With its clear references to ’90s hip hop culture, this album—as its title would suggest—eloquently describes a “complex” present with its critical survey of themes including refugee and asylum policy, social disadvantage, and the matter of conscious solidarity among women. Ebow’s lyrics draw on her personal experiences as a woman and so-called second generation immigrant with a Turkish family background. In her single Punani Power, she raps against the harsh prejudices affecting women—particularly Muslim women—who appear as MC’s: »Ihr hasst mich ihr hasst mich so richtig / Denn diese Kanakin macht sich zu wichtig / Ist zu gebildet sieht zu gut aus / Zersprengt eure Kästen / Muslimischer Frau / Autsch. « [Loosely translated: »You hate me, you hate me extremely / ’Cause this Kanakin’s self-importance is unseemly / She’s too educated, looks too good / She’s off your scale / Muslim female / Ouch. «]. Ebow’s music challenges its listeners without losing sight of hip hop’s party-oriented roots and results  in an energetic etic live-set.

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