Megaloh

Megaloh

The Rainmaker carries hope. He can bring people happiness bloom in times of drought, new life where none was long. He knows that he can fail - and that it precisely because faith must maintain in its success. His music is the Berlin rapper Megaloh even become rainmakers a kind. Now appears his new album. That has, flush away like a summer storm after oppressive sultriness, the potential, all the dust and dirt of the past months. Looking ahead to the essence to clarify. And the way to free him for an new era in German hip hop.

Flashback August 2015. It's a hot night in Berlin-Moabit. By tilted windows let summer lazy street life. In the studio floor of sound engineer Sascha 'Busy' fees but all are highly concentrated. Megaloh and his musical companion Ghanaian Stallion sit deeply bent over their laptops. New mixes are discussed, pushed tracklists back and forth, considered features. The gold and platinum plaques that pave the walls, all the memory of milestones of German music history, they pay no attention. The two are, after nearly 20 years of hard work, perhaps even going to put such a. There is always magic moment in which thousands of influences, ideas, doubts and party all night together to form a whole. And perhaps to something big.

"Rainmaker"Is the second major album of the Berlin rapper Megaloh. 2013 he had after years of disappointed expectation found a musical home in NESOLA environment of Max Herre. The album" Finally infinity "meant in many ways a reboot. In place of constant experimentation entered concise sound, somewhere between good abgehangener Traditionspflege and contemporary post-neo-soul. Lyrically showed a mature man in his early 30, the aufarbeitete its past and present with an open visor and clear view. a Berliner with roots in Nigeria, in conflict the identities and realities. not white, not black. Blessed with perhaps more talent than any other MC in this country, but every morning Maloche. Raised from the road, marked by the books of his mother and the great storytellers of America as Nas or Jay-Z.

All the themed Megaloh with unprecedented openness and the natural authority of a in every respect "real" MCs. As one who knew to deal not only with his voice and his language was. Since one who knows what he is talking stood. One, in which each word has meaning, far over the level of autobiographical addition.

"Finally infinity" went into the Top 10 of the German album charts. The criticism was delighted and colleagues. Megaloh worked with artists as diverse as Samy Deluxe, Seeed, Schwesta Ewa or the Stieber Twins. He turned videos in Lagos and in Berlin Yard. He played with the deep funk band Tribes of Jizu and Afrobeat legend Tony Allen. He played unplugged with Max Herre. He played with half the German Rapelite at the Splash! Festival. He played, played, played. And with every appearance he grew as an artist until he stood like a colossus in a kindergarten called Deutschrap full gossip and click tricks and pointless squabbles.

Thus Megaloh has earned a unique status in the scene. Megas Mucke everyone feels. The rap connoisseurs who study disbelieve his rhyme chains and emblems. The guys on the block, which can trace its daily struggle. The hip girl in Berlin clubs that can its YouTube cult hits by heart. But above all was "Finally infinity" resonate with ordinary people who understand all too well when Megaloh reported from the bone mill of hard physical work, suddenly the father of others his children to have of the associated self-doubt, by the feeling ,

Megaloh: "I was fixated on my life, to be the best rapper I always wanted to respect as MC The most important experience of 'Finally infinity' was for me that music can be much more than that.. A valve for a itself and a support for other people. Many people have come to me and have said that they have been songs like 'Clear' or 'father figure' an awful lot. the fact that they were at a low point in her life and my music has helped them located rauszukÄmpfen there. that was a blatant experience. for example I have a colleague who is almost handicapped now. His daughter had to have several operations on the vocal cords. the two always pumping my Mucke and tell me that this makes it better for them . I do not want me presume to think that I can improve the world. But if I can make a small contribution, then that is much more valuable than any technical praise for me. "

This role is Megaloh with "Rainmaker" again lived. For even more but he pairs his responsibility as a caregiver to the urge to grow as MC; to understand rap as a narrative vehicle, but also as an art form; highest technical and content standards unite. "With this album closes fOr me a circle. At the beginning of my career, especially the claim to me was as a rapper. In 'Finally infinity' we went about a story, my story to tell. With this album I bring both aspects together. 'Rainmaker' is playful as the first album. It has a thread-like thematic, but even better rhymes. "

Already with the opener and title track of this concept is palpable. "They ask me: Can I live by the Mucke now / Can I still order four in the morning in the bus address / you ask me whether the picture I them degrees is time 'to black / Abgeturnet of the austerity measures as Varoufakis . " The over-MC is back in the tunnel. And at the end of this tunnel the light flickers of hope.

A-like thoughts follow songs like "Everything else" (with label boss Max Herre), "What do you see", "Thanksgiving" (with chart toppers MoTrip and singer Maxim) Or indeed heavenly "Sky Touch". All broach, more or less explicitly, the dichotomy between Star status and everyday life.

In "Poor sleep" and "Grey Purple" contrast Megaloh sings the darkness between these days, from various perspectives. "Poor sleep" (with a stunning B section of Joy Denalane) Reflected the punishment seemingly endless hours under the ceiling of the pressure. And "Grey Purple" devotes itself to the vain hopes that are fed out of the fog of the night and the power of anesthesia. With dizzying granted Megaloh alternates between a mechanical narrative flow from limbo of his own psyche and faded-melodic post-trap. In between the voice of Tua can be heard, from a parallel universe from yellowed fantasies and disappointed colors.

This is the true strength of Megaloh of 2015: that he not only stories told, but she knows in rousing music to translate. Music, have place quite naturally in such diverse feature guests such as Patrice, Jan Delay, the Berlin singer Grace and the Leipzig Dancehall Don Trettmann. So the rainmaker is once again the bridge builder. For intermediary between Ernst and escapism, depth and dance, what was and what may never really come.

Minted's "Rainmaker" addition of an opening from the private to the Political. This is particularly evident on the song "Where" of the refugee issue from the most important and yet so often forgotten perspective illuminated:. of a migrant himself "Where" omitted lecturing and probably Feiles denunciation. Rather Megaloh filters (whose mother the late sixties even to fugitives was the Biafran War) and his feature-partner Musa a fictional, but actual people in the foreground, his worries and questions. The song title says it all - even if the suffering remains ultimately indescribable.

"It was important for me to take a stand. It has now so everyone has a opinion on this issue. But a few are serious with it. I am convinced that many more people a 'The boat is secretly voll' setting with itself . carry around but if they knew that their phones not clear either had no African ore or what happens to all the chicken waste, after we have the chest and the legs reserved for us, they would certainly different about many things to think and not to recklessly disparagingly about ' economic refugees' talk. I mean, how far you have to be to volunteer to leave his family and expose himself to what is happening at the borders of Europe? we are investing billions in the foreclosure. If we were to invest these billions in other things, would have many people probably do not even leave home. "

The reference to the spiritual home Africa is also evident on a musical level. Among the familiar set pieces of jazz and funk, the heavy drums and warm bass lines, the elegant orchestration, mingle repeatedly samples from Nigeria and Ghana. Among them is a far unreleased recording the aforementioned drumming legend Tony Allen. "The African influence was very important to me," said Megaloh. "The question of identity has been very marked my youth and when I was in Nigeria in 2012, I again felt a very strong bond and thousands Familiar perceived:.. Smell, sound, moods, as well as feelings and attitudes It has me suddenly much opened up, even though I was just so short there. that's why I wanted to implement the idea of ​​the Diaspora on the album musically. "

Ghanaian Stallion, the - supported by KAHEDI (Max Herre, Genetikk, Joy Denalane) and Farhot (arrest warrant, Selah Sue, Patrice) - Has produced most of the album, goes one level of abstraction further: "We went there generally about bringing different things together as the TDE crew does, for example for years a fusion of ancient and modern elements A classic.. Rhodes sound and then Max Herre on Autotune it. A warm soulful sound and then 808-Drums underneath. "

To meet triumphant trap Vibes on melancholy Live blowers and KAHEDI specially rehearsed samples. Drums from the plate treasure of Ghanaian Stallion crackle among elements from soul, jazz and Afrobeat. The Rainmaker proceeds stet forward. But he does it in the tradition of James Brown, Fela Kuti, Nas, the Soulquarians and Kendrick Lamar.

The silent hip hop declaration of love "train" is a good example of this musical vision. Also "Who has the heat" or "Zapp Brannigan" there are. They are only superficially finger exercises an above average gifted. As always with Megaloh it is also in the style moments about context to connect to Outlook. A Moab tribune with a global perspective. A man who has based his identity from the fact that no one wanted to give him a. An artist with an extraordinary gift, which makes no secret of the utterly ordinary possibility of failure - and his fellow characterized brings hope.

"What I always found fascinating about the figure of the rainmaker, is that it is subject of enlightened vision all natural parameters of nature. However, he is responsible and there is a particular success in itself. He has a special power that both in faith his fellow man is to him as well as his own belief in himself. so I feel in some ways as an artist. and all other people so it comes down too. "

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