This one is the Healer Hip Hop

Hip-hop is more than just a genre of music. It’s a journey through culture, creativity, and the diversity that challenges the status quo. On this page you’ll find the soul food you need for your mind and for your ears.


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Hi, my name is Ana Swartz

and I’m the Founder of The Healer Hip Hop.
Erykah Badu is my favorite artist and I’ve been following her music and life since I first heard her on Baduizm live in 1998. She’s also the one who first called Hip Hop ‘The Healer’ on her 2008 album New Amerykah Part One (4th World War).
Not only did I love the song, but also its meaning and the fact that it portrayed Hip Hop as something that brings people together instead of separating them. This was the same image I had of my favorite music genre and that’s why I founded The Healer Hip Hop to help spread the positive aspects of the Culture.

Erykah Badu on Why Hip Hop is the Healer

“I’ve traveled all over the world, and I’m a student of religion and philosophy and music and science and quantum physics and people and anthropology and geology. And in doing all that, collecting all of this information, I find that everyone prays differently, at different times and for different things. But everywhere I go all over the world, from Japan to Mexico to Africa to Argentina, people nod their head to the snare and the kick in the same kind of way, whether they know the language or not. They feel it and they zone out to it. They become part of the culture of hip-hop. Because rap is something you do, but hip-hop is something you live. Rap is only one part of the hip-hop culture. It’s the graffiti, it’s deejaying, it’s two turntables and a microphone, it’s the dance, it’s the dress, it’s the look of that tribe. And there are members of that tribe all over this planet. It’s traveled so far and so wide, more than anything. That’s what we have in common. And it is bigger than religion. We don’t have the same religion. We don’t have the same political beliefs. But that we have in common, and I’ve seen it with my own eyes, and so have others. It can’t be denied.”

Erykah Badu

The Healer Hip Hop Podcast und Playlists on Spotify

The Healer Hip Hop Blog

Hear you find the latest blog entries about the Podcast, Playlists and articles about how Hip Hop is The Healer to the world, our society or ourselves.


The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019

 Check out The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019! Apple and Spotify Congrats on Mahalia for her first release album! I've been following her for a while now and love her debut!Also big congrats to Lafyette from episode #19 on his first release! His song We love, then...

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019

  Check out The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019! Apple and Spotify Until soon, xxx, AnaYou can support my work if you become a Patron. It's simple: choose one of 4 tiers and receive shoutouts, free The Healer Hip Hop Merch, behind the scenes access and more!

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist April 2019

Dreams They come a long way Not todayI've been rocking this Playlist for a while now before I finally managed to upload it for you! This month I did something I usually don't do: I added more than one song from several artists. Artists I can't get enough of this month...

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#26 I.Am.Tru.Starr

Hope for the Hopeless In today's episode of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast I interview US rapper and singer I.Am.Tru.Starr. His name is an affirmation for himself and anyone who says it. I.Am.Tru.Starr was born and raised in Rochester, New York. There, he has seen and...

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist March 2019

I'm in Lisbon, taking a long needed break from everything, but of course I had to prepare another Playlist for you and also for me to walk these beautiful streets here. Thanks to the wait I could add Solange's new song 'Stay flo' which is my favorite of her new album...

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#25: Tacheles und Tarantismus

Ich habe mich im letzten November mit Tobias Frühauf und Philipp Wolpert, den beiden Gründern des Heilbronner Theaterlabels Tacheles und Tarantismus für dieses Interview getroffen. Wir haben bei Falafel Beirut darüber geredet, was ein Theaterlabel eigentlich überhaupt...

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#24: Refugee Canteen

In der heutigen Episode unterhalte ich mich mit Beni aus Hamburg, dem Gründer von Refugee Canteen. Die Refugee Canteen ist die erste gastronomische Vorschule, die Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund und Geflüchteten eine Grundlagenausbildung für gastronomische Berufe...

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#23: Black History Month 2019 mit Boqor Bantu

Black History Month Jedes Jahr im Februar wird in zahlreichen Ländern der Black History Month (BHM) gefeiert um die Geschichte Schwarzer Menschen in aller Welt zu würdigen. Diese Tradition geht auf das Jahr 1926 zurück, als der Historiker Carter G. Woodson eine...

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#22: Rap for Refugees

Heute ist Rap for Refugees Gründer Ata Anat zu Gast beim The Healer Hip Hop Podcast: Im Dezember 2017 gestartet mit der Idee jährlich Festivals zu veranstalten, ist Rap for Refugees innnerhalb von nur einem Jahr zu einer festen Größe zur Förderung des interkulturellen...

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