Darryl McDaniels, D.M.C. in New York, USA, 2014. He is a founder of RUN D.M.C., the first hip hop band on the cover of music magazine “Rolling Stone” and the first to achieve a golden album and a platinum album. D.M.C. is a pioneer in the hip hop movement and is inspiring and empowering younger hip hop artists, giving them courage.
Sister Fa in Thiara, Senegal. She addresses the youth, because they can make the difference by getting enough information about their rights. She wants to create consciousness towards social and political issues, focussing on women’s rights in Senegal and Western Africa. She was the first woman to produce her own hip hop album and became well-known for her music in Senegal.
When photographer Sascha Kraus asked the Tunisian rap artist Hamada Ben Amor (aka El Général) why he wrote the song Rais Lebled, the answer was simple: “I took the risk because no one else did.” The song was directed at then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali; the rapper spoke of police brutality, poverty, violence, and free speech. After it was released on Facebook, El Général was arrested. Rais Lebled became the battlecry of the revolution.
Kraus’s book FORTHRIGHT – Stronger than a weapon is an ode to all the hip hop and rap artists who have risked their safety to say what’s on their mind, often in verse. The photographer devoted six years of his life to traveling and recording stories at home in Germany, in the United States, in Africa, Europe, Asia. The book is designed like an old fashioned album booklet, with lyrics, pictures, and in-depth interviews between Kraus and his many subjects.