What's your favorite example of irony
If we make fun of Xavier's views, can we laugh at Prince Pi too, please?
"Weg mit dem Curse (r)" is currently going through the blogs. Reason enough to take a look at the oeuvre of Prinz Pi alias Prinz Porno alias Friedrich Kautz. After all, it is popular to make fun of Xavier Naidoo's imperial citizen appeals, although some of the prince's lines are in no way inferior to that. We don't even have to talk about the always conservative views on youth. This is hedonistic in Pi's cosmos (“3 minutes”, “Generation Porno”, “Modern Times”), brought up by television (“Weg mit dem Curse (r)”) and all of them on the direct path to “assholes and devils” become ("flags in the wind"). What often seems like descriptions or critical observation (“modern times”) always reveals nostalgia and longing for something else. Often all that would have to be added was “Everything was better in the past” and the shot glass thrown on the counter.
From Zehlendorf to Kreuzberg
Prince Pi is by no means "black" and his face is not a "white tattoo" ("SDK333"). He is white, he comes from Zehlendorf and the problems of his youth (to be heard on the entire album “Kompass ohne Norden”) can best be described as neglect of prosperity. Fighting for freedom in this context means secretly smoking and smoking pot, because "the kiss of freedom tastes like Gauloise's tip" ("flag in the wind") and freedom is only the product of a symbolic rebellion - equipped with the corresponding product with the advertising slogan "Liberte Tojour" - against the well-protected environment, but not against actual experiences that he had to make. He is not and was not really critical of the system from which he obviously benefits. Real criticism of the problem cannot be found, only a symbolic rebellion that consequently ended with the move to the rebellious Kreuzberg - due to gentrification only in pop culture transfiguration - and "foamed milk with a whole-grain organic snack biscuit" (antelope walk) .
Symbols instead of content
Basically, Pi's self-perception can probably be summarized as left anti-imperialism, but this is of a strong green-bourgeois character. In “Generation Porno” greetings are given to Antifa, which is to be understood as a rather cynical one. In an interview, Kautz said:
“For example, when I was 15, 16 years old, I was interested in the left. I went to demos, there was a poster of Che Guevara in my room and I had 'form gangs' stickers all over the place. Back then I was really excited about all the Antifa stuff and stuff. At some point, however, I noticed that even these totally tolerant anarchists are in pretty blatant uniforms. There you are not necessarily allowed to look the way you want, but have to dress like a punk dresses. And if not, you will be looked at from an angle. "
Whether that means his sneakers is left open. However, the prince was never concerned with actual rebellion against social problems, but with a symbolic cultural identity. In short: Pi already loved symbols as a teenager, which can also be heard in “Wir fuck the world”, where instead of anti-fascist or autonomous content, their symbols are celebrated and mixed with local Berlin patriotism. At some point, however, the distancing from the Antifa came, maybe it was because of the rejection at the time. Perhaps that is also the reason why the Antifa washes their tanks with his puked blood? A head condom for Pi please.
The money, the US and the world conspiracy
And what about anti-imperialism? Even on “Donnerwetter” in “Peng, Peng, Peng”, American foreign policy is criticized with anti-American cowboy clichés. On Facebook, Kautz leaves no doubt who he means by “Satan in the West” in his play “Brave New World”. For Pi there is money (evil), the USA (even worse) and the world conspiracy (worst). And the president of the world is one thing above all else: a devil in sheep's clothing ("devil in sheep's clothing"). It becomes even clearer in "Little Sleeping Hour":
“The God of money knows no mercy. / This is not the god from the holy scriptures, / but the globalized god of the dollar, / the god of the ruble, the euro / who follows Abu-Ghraib, Prince Pi, sympathy for Hezbollah [...] "
Of course not without predicting in the lyrics themselves that he will be misunderstood. Sleight of hand! One that runs like a red thread through his work, where there is often talk of "enemies" and all others are "stupid" ("stupid").
Interesting in Pi's texts is not only the solidarity with Hezbollah, but also the image of Satan for the “land of infinite lethality” (“Peng, Peng, Peng”), the USA. The question must be asked whether there is also the “little Satan” for Pi in addition to the “great Satan” of the West ?! Texts like that of "Signs of the Wise" indicate this and again speak of a world conspiracy:
"You are older than old, wiser than wise / stronger than strong recognizes your signs"
It remains coded, of course. It is left open who “you” actually are, but an anti-Semitic society with a penchant for conspiracy theories is already thinking its part. The preference and knowledge of well-known conspiracy theories probably culminates on "Illuminati". Which already in name and artwork draws on the famous trilogy of novels “Illuminatus!”. What is difficult is the (self-) ironic distance that shines through in many texts. How much is being taken here at face value and which things and symbols are being played with? In some texts this is clear, in others it is less clear.
Nonspecific criticism is mass compatible
Pi's references to the conspiracy theories also serve to increase audience loyalty. A bond is created precisely through distance and coding. Yes, I know why he puts a "23" on his name on the socials. I know who he is referring to with “types from lodges” in “Illuminati Reflux”. Pi doesn't have to be made clear, that's its advantage. Its “strength” lies in the imprecision and the coding and turns the listeners into confidantes and a community of supposed insiders.
Insider knowledge gathered from YouTube documentaries, pop culture and feature films. If you were to put all of Pi’s conspiratorial songs on one tape, you would have the impression of seeing an N24 conspiracy special, where it’s difficult to distinguish between facts and fiction. Where we are back at the distance.
Of course, one shouldn't make the mistake of equating Kautz with the lyrical self. Many of his conspiratorial tracks in particular are storytelling, such as the aforementioned "Sign of the Wise", even "feature films". But precisely because of this, in turn, only uncritical reproduction of conspiracy theories. There we have the Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson ("Illuminati Reflux", "Illuminati Res Medias"), the Mayan calendar ("2013"), Neuschwabenland myth ("The fabulous world of anarchy") etc. pp.
Pi is certainly not a conspiracy theorist, this is not the point. For Kautz, such allusions seem to work just like his other pop culture references from Bob Dylan to “Summer Games” and Alden loafers to overkill caps. But maybe it is also the case that Prince Pi is simply not able to carry out his criticism and therefore lingers on generalities. Then it is simply the “system” to blame (“careful introduction”).
But we are probably stupid and just don't understand him. Pi, after all, with two number 1 albums in her luggage, could then stage herself in a victim role again:
"And now I'm sitting here, everyone is against me / It is‘ not because they don like me / They don’t understand me ’"
With which the sensitive Friedrich underpins his authoritarian view of the world: whoever is not for me does not understand me. That he is wrong is impossible.
So let's laugh at Pi just as much as we do at Naidoo, or better yet, criticize and dissolve.
In friendly cooperation with Chucky Goldstein. Visit his blog GoldGlitzer!
Disclaimer from Daniel: It is possible for me to judge this way mainly because I own several Pi records and have also attended several gigs. So I used to be a fan and contribute well to gentrification in Berlin, shortened criticism and Co.
Edit 1 08/06: Subsequent processing due to Typos and an unclear formulation that conveyed that Naidoo and Pi are being compared 1: 1 in terms of content.
Edit 2 08/07: Since the comments repeatedly point out that the texts are to be understood as films or storytelling, I am adding an exemplary reference to the (already existing!) Passage above. For documentation, the passage as it stood here before:
Of course, one shouldn't make the mistake of equating Kautz with the lyrical self. Many of his conspiratorial tracks are storytelling, [here the addition see above], even "feature films" themselves. But precisely because of the uncritical reproduction of conspiracy theories.
In addition, addition of the sentence “Pi is definitely not a conspiracy theorist, this is not the point.”, As this was apparently formulated too vaguely.
Another sentence in the comments (see below) also added a sentence here:
“How much is being taken here at face value and which things and symbols are being played with? SUPPLEMENT: In some texts this is clear, in others less clear. "
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