April 21 2022
As an Afro-German of a new generation whose self-image is not based on being a stranger in their own country, but whose identities often cross national borders, Albi X speaks deeply from the soul of many young people with more complex identities and life realities than "simply German". Locating himself on the difficult paths of German everydayness, the artist does not confront realities experienced every day, such as the manifold facets of racism or classism, with aggression or gansta attitude. Instead, Albi X celebrates a multinational self-image with a lyrical fusion of Lingala, French and English, countering experienced exclusion with an extremely positive, energetic and inclusive worldview - "be your best version possible" is his motto. His sound is truly international, breaking boundaries on all levels - national borders as well as style and genre boundaries.
Like his role model Travis Scott who "gave the sky its own color" from his own hood, Albi X wants to inspire people and set an example that one can use one's own specialness and otherness as a source of strength. The multiple setbacks, exclusions and the sometimes massive discrimination he uses again and again as a springboard forward and ultimately upward. Albi X literally walks through the shadows into the sun.
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