Advanced Chemistry, founded in 1987, is considered Germany’s first political hip-hop band. Their 1992 track “Fremd im eigenen Land” [Foreign in My Own Country], released shortly after the xenophobic arson attacks against asylum seekers in Rostock-Lichtenhagen in August 1992, criticizes persistent xenophobia and prejudice in German society. While Germany has become increasingly diverse since the fall of the Berlin Wall (in 2022 more than 28% percent of Germany’s population identified as having a migrant background), many Germans still seem attached to outdated notions, often based on ethnicity, of who qualifies as German.

Advanced Chemistry, Fremd im eigenen Land (1992)


Source: Advanced Chemistry, Fremd im eigenen Land, 1992. 360° Records

Advanced Chemistry, Fremd im eigenen Land (1992), published in: German History in Documents and Images, <https://germanhistorydocs.org/en/a-new-germany-1990-2023/ghdi:video-5130> [June 09, 2024].