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Young People's Susceptibility to Antisemitism in Gangsta Rap and Opportunities for Prevention

The Hip Hop Movement is considered the world's largest and most important youth culture. In the past 20 years, Gangsta Rap in particular has turned into one of the most successful musical genres in Germany. Today, Gangsta Rap is characterized by images of aggressiveness and hypermasculinity, which are often expressed in fantasies of male domination, male body cult as well as stories of male heroism. Since several years, Gangsta Rappers are portraying sexist and anti-feminist role models, authoritarian concepts of society as well as conspiracy ideologies and antisemitic interpretations of global power structures in their songs, music videos and social media statements. While there is widespread agreement in academia that these texts convey ideologies of inequality, there is currently no reliable data on the actual impact and influence of these ideologies on the perception and thinking of the younger audience.

By using quantitative and qualitative methods, the research project will provide initial data about the relationship between the consumption of German Gangsta Rap and the susceptibility to antisemitism and ideologies of inequality. In addition, recommendations for dealing with antisemitism in Gangsta Rap in the context of school and out-of-school education are made.


About the project



Dr. Marc Grimm
Jakob Baier
Vanessa Walter

Project start

May 2020

Funded by

State Commissioner for Jewish Life and the Fight against Antisemitism in North Rhine-Westphalia, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger

State Chancellery, North Rhine-Westphalia

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