German Rap Duo Under Fire for Comparing Body to That of Holocaust Victim

Rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang won an Echo award after writing 'my body is more defined than an Auschwitz prisoner's'

German rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang pose during a photocall upon arrival for the 2018 Echo Music Award ceremony in Berlin, Germany April 12, 2018.
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The organizers of Germany's top music awards are reviewing their procedures after two rappers who made fun of Holocaust victims in their lyrics were awarded a prize last week, the country's music industry association said Sunday.

BVMI chief Florian Druecke told dpa that organizers of the annual Echo awards would undertake "a thorough analysis and a renewal of the mechanisms associated with the process of nomination and granting awards."

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Rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang were awarded the best album prize at Thursday's award ceremony. On the album, Farid Bang raps about his fitness regime, saying "my body is more defined than an Auschwitz prisoner's."

Controversy has been raging in Germany about the lyric, which veteran rocker Campino – frontman of Die Toten Hosen – chose to criticize during his acceptance speech on the night.

"In the wake of the current debate we had to acknowledge that we are in a place where the prize has started to be viewed in the wrong light," said Druecke. "This has to have consequences."