Today we will deal with a rapper that surely had great influence on the development of the German rap-scene. This is René Swain alias DA GERM.
Germ, who is rappin in English (American roots) started his career in 1991 under his pseudonym AL RAKHUN with his first wax that was the “to the audience ep”. In 1993 he dropped his first release under the name Da Germ that was the “spirit of attitude-12”. One year later he dropped the fine twelve I’ma present u now. It is called “boomboombangslap…phat!” and got besides the original mix also the remixes called “the floor mix” and “RMII’s Down Low mix”. The b-side has the amazing remix (dome of power mix) of the track “letz give it up”. The label that kicked this 12” is the Ruff-N-Raw label that his buddy Roey Marquis II founded in 1993.
In the same year (1994) Germ was able to also release his full-length on the Ruff-N-Raw label that was titled “day of resurrection”. This is an awesome and pretty much underrated album! Pretty sombre, grimey and with some serious ruffness – typical typa ish from the early 90s and still fascinatin to listen to these days! Production on this was done as on the previous twelve – by Da Germ and Roey Marquis II. The album is also a real solo-album as u don’t find that many feature-parts as u would nowadays. There’s only RON (on the blazin-hot track “syndrome”) and OTROPIC T(H)REE (German, Swiss & Austrian heads might remember this crew as its member Tyron Ricketts had some fame later on when moderating the German hip-hop mag on Viva-TV called “word cup” and later to that with his release in the crew “Mellowbag”).
Da Germ_day of resurrection-LP
The last record to show in here is definitely the banger! This twelve is outta 1998 and was released on the Quiet Force label (formerly Genuine Records, also founded by Roey Marquis II) and brings the sledgehammer “it’z uzelezz” in the original version done by RMII and in the (even better IMO) remix by DJ EVIL DEE. This banger also features the emcees LIN QUE (Deadly Venoms) and FINSTA (of Finsta Bundy). The last track is called “madcell” and is a pretty solid one as well.
Da Germ_it’z uzelezz-12”
Besides the records you see here Germ did way more stuff of course (solo, in crews as SPIRITUAL WARRIORS, ZYON and also feature-parts as e.g. THE KHROMOZOMES PROJEKT) so you might wanna check his discogs entry (where you also got further links to his myspace addresses).