Best German Battle RappersMartin_Canine In German hip hop's earlier times there were freestyle battles in the style of America's battle competitions as seen in the movie "8 Mile", but as German hip hop got more and more popular, written rap battles and internet rap tournaments became really big. In such, the participants record diss tracks aimed at each other and shoot music videos, which they upload on the tournament's YouTube channel then. Nowadays, when refering to German battle rap, people usually mean the latter. Germam battle rap had great impact on German mainstream hip hop of the 2010s, and several artists that took part in online battle rap tournaments released successful and even chart topping albums. Among the biggest tournaments are JuliensBlogBattle, Video Battle Turnier and Rap am Mittwoch.
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Let’s talk about the entire career of SpongeBozz:
In 2011, Kollegah released his album “Bossaura”, which was Kollegah’s first album that hit the German top 10. This is most likely partly due to a review by German YouTube celebrity JuliensBlog. Afterwards, Kollegah would be the leading figure of German hip hop until now (rightfully so). On the review there were guest parts by then-unknown rapper Sun Diego that JuliensBlog was not so fond of. He said that he has certain skills but bashed the autotune he uses. Later on, JuliensBlog uploaded another video focusing exclusively on Sun Diego but this time a bit more aggressive, making fun of his choruses and autotune, making Sun Diego look like some kind of joke. Basically, his career was ended and also Kollegah did not collaborate with him again.
In 2012, JuliensBlog, who was mostly known as a dark humored comedian and not so much as a music critic, hosted the first JuliensBlogBattle internet rap tournament. The ...more - Martin_Canine
The only freestyle MC that took part in 8 Mile style battles I added.
Unfortunately, most of his albums didn't have the caliber to match the high expectations. He made mostly party rap, until he released his 2015 album "JGUDZS" which had a more battle-ish style. - Martin_Canine
Won the 2015 JuliensBlogBattle and also participated in the 2014 JBB. Instead of doubletime raps and "coolness" he focuses on dark and creepy atmosphere, horrorcore elements and a memorable overall tone.
His 2017 debut album hit the German top 10 but was not as blockbuster-ish as SpongeBozz's, but in my opinion it is nevertheless a great album, but he completely abandoned his diss track-ish style in favor for music that follows a concept. It propably wasn't what people were expecting. - Martin_Canine
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