Photography by Sascha Kraus



To stand up against inequality and social shortcomings. That is what all the 43 artists, who Sascha Kraus portrayed for his book FORTHRIGHT “Stronger than a weapon” have in common. Over the past six years he travelled thirteen countries to find out that rap music can be seen as a universal approach for positive change that sometimes has a more direct impact than politics and the military. To address problems straightforward and direct, that is what FORTHRIGHT stands for. The book impresses on 444 pages with unique portraits and snapshots from all over the world. In-depth interviews with all portrayed artists and a double vinyl with selected songs foster the message of the book.

 

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Nominee for BOOK PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR / LIMITED at THE LUCIE AWARDS 2016 in New York.

Award in EXELLENT ARTS at DDC GUTE GESTALTUNG 17 in Frankfurt.

Silver award in BOOK DOCUMENTARY at TIFA 2016 in Tokyo.


LP SIZED BOOK

32,5 x 32,5 cm

444 PAGES

5 color print


FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Darryl McDaniels, D.M.C. was born 1964 in New York and is one of three members of rap group Run-D.M.C.Darryl grew up in New York and taught himself to DJ. Run-D.M.C. was founded in 1982, only one year later they released the first hit single “It’s Like That”.Run-D.M.C. was the first hip hop band on the cover of music magazine “Rolling Stone” and they were the first to achieve a golden album and later a platinum album.Their videos appeared on MTV as the first rap group ever. D.M.C. cooperated with several artists, such as Aerosmith and released two solo albums.D.M.C. is a pioneer in the hip hop movement and is inspiring and empowering younger hip hop artists,giving them trust and courage in the hip hop music and culture.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com © by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Egyptian rap musician Mohammed el Deeb was born 1984 in Cairo.He was part of the group Asfalt that was founded in 2005. Two years later he formed Wighit Nazar together with a friend from Asfalt.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Egyptian rap musician Mohammed el Deeb was born 1984 in Cairo.He was part of the group Asfalt that was founded in 2005. Two years later he formed Wighit Nazar together with a friend from Asfalt.Since 2010 he performs solo. He performed in Tahir Square during the revolution and was part of the movement aiming for better conditions in Egypt.He addresses political, social and cultural issues in a very comprehensible way and is therefore most popular amongst the youth. He travels a lot while attracting attention to Egypt’s needs and concerns.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Egyptian rap musician Mohammed el Deeb was born 1984 in Cairo.He was part of the group Asfalt that was founded in 2005. Two years later he formed Wighit Nazar together with a friend from Asfalt.Since 2010 he performs solo. He performed in Tahir Square during the revolution and was part of the movement aiming for better conditions in Egypt.He addresses political, social and cultural issues in a very comprehensible way and is therefore most popular amongst the youth. He travels a lot while attracting attention to Egypt’s needs and concerns.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Egyptian rap musician Mohammed el Deeb was born 1984 in Cairo.He was part of the group Asfalt that was founded in 2005. Two years later he formed Wighit Nazar together with a friend from Asfalt.Since 2010 he performs solo. He performed in Tahir Square during the revolution and was part of the movement aiming for better conditions in Egypt.He addresses political, social and cultural issues in a very comprehensible way and is therefore most popular amongst the youth. He travels a lot while attracting attention to Egypt’s needs and concerns.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Hamada Ben Amor known as El Général is a Tunisian rap musician.After school he began his studies in pharmacology and in 2008 he started rapping and singing.In 2010 he released his song “Rais Lebled” on the Internet. The message was spread via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and it led towards the revolution in Tunisia. “Rais Lebled” became the revolutionary anthem and El Général was arrested for a few days and is nowthe most popular hip hop artist. After the government was suspended, El Général was supported by the new Ministry of Culture and released his first album. “Time Magazine” chose him as one of the 100 most influential people in 2011© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Ahmed Rock and Rooney Hoodstar from Revolution Records. Revolution Records is an Egyptian rap group based in Alexandria.As a group of students, they decided to stand up against the regime and founded the first underground rap label in Egypt.Thereby, they make sure to express themselves freely and are not bound to any label. Founded in 2006, they are pioneers in Egypt’s hip hop scene,spreading their message in Arabic. With their music, they are part of the revolution’s soundtrack.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Ahmed Rock and Rooney Hoodstar from Revolution Records. Revolution Records is an Egyptian rap group based in Alexandria.As a group of students, they decided to stand up against the regime and founded the first underground rap label in Egypt.Thereby, they make sure to express themselves freely and are not bound to any label. Founded in 2006, they are pioneers in Egypt’s hip hop scene,spreading their message in Arabic. With their music, they are part of the revolution’s soundtrack.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Khen Rotem, known as Sagol 59, was born 1968 in Israel and grew up in a kibbutz. He is referred to as the godfather of Israeli hip hop. In 2000 he released “The Blue Period” as the first hip hop album ever in Israel. In 2001 he was the first Israeli artist who collaborated with Arab artist Tamer Nafar, making a song together calling for peace. He is a well-known artist, performing all around the world. He is ambitious to call for peace and equal rights and looks at things from the human side rather than from a political side. He performed at MasterPeace aiming for peace in order to overcome armed conflicts.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Khen Rotem, known as Sagol 59, was born 1968 in Israel and grew up in a kibbutz. He is referred to as the godfather of Israeli hip hop. In 2000 he released “The Blue Period” as the first hip hop album ever in Israel. In 2001 he was the first Israeli artist who collaborated with Arab artist Tamer Nafar, making a song together calling for peace. He is a well-known artist, performing all around the world. He is ambitious to call for peace and equal rights and looks at things from the human side rather than from a political side. He performed at MasterPeace aiming for peace in order to overcome armed conflicts.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Sameh Zakout, also known as Saz, was born 1984 in Ramleh, a small town in Israel with a large Arab population.Ramleh is known for its poverty and high crime rate. He is a Palestinian rap artist, who became a well-known rapper, and chose musicas a tool to bring a peaceful change into the Palestine-Israeli conflict. He performed at several festivals such as Glastonbury.Together with other artists, he performed at MasterPeace in Amsterdam in 2014,which is a global peace movement aiming for peace and togetherness.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Senegalese rap musician Fatou Diatta, known as Sister Fa engages herself in human rights and wants to create consciousness towards social andpolitical issues focussing on women’s rights in Senegal and Western Africa. She was the first woman, who produced her own hip hop album and became well-known for her music in Senegal. She moved to Berlin and released her album “Sarabah”. She plays concerts in all parts of the world and has won several awards.Sister Fa launched “Education sans Excision”, a project where she fights against female genital cuttingand tells young people about their rights.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Senegalese rap musician Fatou Diatta, known as Sister Fa engages herself in human rights and wants to create consciousness towards social andpolitical issues focussing on women’s rights in Senegal and Western Africa. She was the first woman, who produced her own hip hop album and became well-known for her music in Senegal. She moved to Berlin and released her album “Sarabah”. She plays concerts in all parts of the world and has won several awards.Sister Fa launched “Education sans Excision”, a project where she fights against female genital cuttingand tells young people about their rights.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Senegalese rap musician Fatou Diatta, known as Sister Fa engages herself in human rights and wants to create consciousness towards social andpolitical issues focussing on women’s rights in Senegal and Western Africa. She was the first woman, who produced her own hip hop album and became well-known for her music in Senegal. She moved to Berlin and released her album “Sarabah”. She plays concerts in all parts of the world and has won several awards.Sister Fa launched “Education sans Excision”, a project where she fights against female genital cuttingand tells young people about their rights.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Senegalese rap musician Fatou Diatta, known as Sister Fa engages herself in human rights and wants to create consciousness towards social andpolitical issues focussing on women’s rights in Senegal and Western Africa. She was the first woman, who produced her own hip hop album and became well-known for her music in Senegal. She moved to Berlin and released her album “Sarabah”. She plays concerts in all parts of the world and has won several awards.Sister Fa launched “Education sans Excision”, a project where she fights against female genital cuttingand tells young people about their rights.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Senegalese rap musician Fatou Diatta, known as Sister Fa engages herself in human rights and wants to create consciousness towards social andpolitical issues focussing on women’s rights in Senegal and Western Africa. She was the first woman, who produced her own hip hop album and became well-known for her music in Senegal. She moved to Berlin and released her album “Sarabah”. She plays concerts in all parts of the world and has won several awards.Sister Fa launched “Education sans Excision”, a project where she fights against female genital cuttingand tells young people about their rights.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Shaheed, Group Alien Zik, Dakar, Senegal© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Blaise Bakary Béavogui aka Masta G is a rap artist from Guinea. He was born in 1981 in the suburbs of Conakry.Masta G wrote his first song in 1995 when he was 14 years old. He released his first album in 2003 on cassette.He grew up facing the challenges of urban life in Africa and is looking for humanity and respect to bring to GuineaMusic is his weapon to fight against social injustice.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Labe, Guinea© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Kleber Gomez, known as Criolo, is a Brasilian rap artist, who was born in 1975. As a son of migrants,he grew up in a Favela near São Paulo. At a very young age, he began to sing and to do rap music, giving a voice to millions of peoplefacing the hard life in a Favela. He soon became one of the most important artists in Brazil through telling his own story.His lyrics deal with all kind of social issues and emphasize several inequalities. His second album was released in 2011 which made him a well-known artist.He won Best Album at the Brazilian Music Video Awards with “Nó Na Orelha”.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Kleber Gomez, known as Criolo, is a Brasilian rap artist, who was born in 1975. As a son of migrants,he grew up in a Favela near São Paulo. At a very young age, he began to sing and to do rap music, giving a voice to millions of peoplefacing the hard life in a Favela. He soon became one of the most important artists in Brazil through telling his own story.His lyrics deal with all kind of social issues and emphasize several inequalities. His second album was released in 2011 which made him a well-known artist.He won Best Album at the Brazilian Music Video Awards with “Nó Na Orelha”.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Diana Avella was born in Bogotá, Colombia and grew up in a Barrios.She is one of the first female rap artists in Colombia and became a popular artist raising her voice against injustice and inequality.With her strong voice and powerful lyrics, she inspires a lot of people in her own country but also abroad.Especially the role of women is a huge concern which is a central topic in her music.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
Diana Avella was born in Bogotá, Colombia and grew up in a Barrios.She is one of the first female rap artists in Colombia and became a popular artist raising her voice against injustice and inequality.With her strong voice and powerful lyrics, she inspires a lot of people in her own country but also abroad.Especially the role of women is a huge concern which is a central topic in her music.© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany
FORTHRIGHT - straight forward, direct – follows different artists in conflict areas, who found ways to oppose the systems in charge. Their common tool against oppression and injustice and for peace and human rights is spoken word and rap music. The common message is that words are stronger than weapons!‪#‎strongerthanaweapon‬www.forthright-project.com© by Sascha Kraus Photography Germany

43 ARTISTS

from 13 countries

14 INTERVIEWS

translated into English

17 LYRICS

translated into English

AND


FORTHRIGHT BOOK

revealing the power of music


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FORTHRIGHT SPECIAL EDITION BOX

limited to 150 copies with slipcase, double vinyl, limited artist print, poster and personal signature by Sascha Kraus


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