German next-up rapper Poldi is bringing a fresh breeze of air into the industry, potentially inspiring a new generation of artists to different approach.
It’s 2020 and Leopold Karrer couldn’t have picked a better fitting time to release his debut single. In the midst of global divide and tragedy, his single asks important questions, with some of the answers more complex and less obvious than others.
Poldi’s debut single ‘Liebe > Hass’ (Love is bigger than hate) set a new marker in the German rap scene. After several years of, with few exceptions, monotonous trap releases, that couldn’t be further from the unwritten credo of ‘keeping it real’, the young artist from Munich is starting a new chapter.
When Poldi talks about putting values back into music, he isn’t trying to please old school nostalgia of 90s kids. He is talking about his personal values, about the topics that roam his mind every day. Doing so, he is advocating for a whole generation, that will identify with the come-up with ease.
The responsibility of art
Leopold Karrer aka Poldi doesn’t shy away from shedding light upon the dark places of today’s society, aiming at the older generations: “why do we, the youngest, have to take care of the aftermath of your past irresponsibilities?”. In context of recent events, and dynamics, a strong point. He separates himself form show-boating or the hunger for fame – using his platform as an advocate for progress, unity, tolerance and respect, over personal profit and materialistic interests.
The 20-year old artist is currently signed by 99 Problemz Music, and emphasizes it would feel ridiculously wrong to try to represent anything else than his genuine self within his art.
“It’s not about showing off. I want people to feel as if we’re on the same level and have similar issues. There wouldn’t be a point in talking about a lifestyle I don’t care about. I want people to know that I actually care about my listeners and the subjects I speak upon. This provides a special connection between the listener and the artist, which bragging about my wealth just won’t cut.”.