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Album Review

The opening track of Zum Glück in Die Zukunft, Marteria's second album (or his fourth, if you count the two Marsimoto excursions), is simultaneously a perfect introduction to the record and a somewhat misleading one: "Endboss" is a catchy song with an infectious electro beat, a rapped autobiography that cleverly compares Marteria's life (or anybody's, for that matter) to a video game where you complete levels of varying difficulty and use up your extra lives as you make mistakes. But while it's representative of the whole album in terms of production quality and sense of humor, it sets up the wrong expectations at first, since none of the other tracks are as joyfully poppy or as instantly accessible. That doesn't mean the other 11 songs are a disappointment, though: production-wise, the album is original and constantly exciting, from the video game bleeps of "Endboss" to the dreamy synths of "Verstrahlt" and "Amys Weinhaus," the acid-drenched bassline of "Wie Mach Ich dir Das Klar," the skewed beat on the noise-filled "Alles Verboten," or the deep bass hits of "Veronal," which could be a Wordsound production with its echoey drums and slower-than-slow tempo. And while Marteria's slightly wicked humor may not be everybody's cup of tea — especially since he keeps a straight face throughout the record, sometimes leaving the listener unsure if something is meant as a joke or not — he is thankfully a million miles away from the violent, low-brow machismo that informs so many other German rappers. Among the record's highlights — apart from "Endboss" — are the edgy "Alles Verboten" (where Marteria claims he does forbidden things like sleeping through a Bruce Willis movie or disliking the Simpsons) and the closing track "Sekundenschlaf," featuring Seeed's Peter Fox, which is a dark reflection on life's brevity: "You're not as old as you feel, you're as old as you are." With an instant hit and several tracks that reveal their strengths after a few more listens, Zum Glück in Die Zukunft is a winner that showcases Marteria's fairly unique musical personality.


Born: 04 December 1982 in Rostock, Germany

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

German rapper Marteria, who also records as Marsimoto, was born Marten Laciny on December 4, 1982, in Rostock, East Germany. He played soccer as a kid and teenager, and became a member of the FC Hansa Rostock's youth team. After his older brother introduced him to hip-hop acts such as Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C., Laciny began to rap in 1995, forming his first group, Warn Direct, and then adopting the Marteria pseudonym in 1997. In 1999 he moved to New York, where he was discovered by a model scout,...
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