Germany's most controversial musician is back atop the charts and the tabloids. Last week, Anis Mohamed Youssef Ferchichi, better known as the rapper Bushido, appeared in court after a scuffle with a 17-year-old during which he allegedly hit the boy with a shoe. The incident hardly conjured up an image of "thug life," but it still generated ink for Bushido less than a week after his latest album dropped. Germany’s top tabloid called the short hearing "the 47-minute court case." As Bushido strolled out of the courthouse, he tweeted one word: "acquitted."
Bushido has long trafficked in scandal. The 35-year-old has faced a seemingly endless series of criminal allegations, some of which resulted in convictions and fines for as much as $27,000. He has been embroiled in controversy over his misogynistic and homophobic lyrics, sparked feuds with other rappers and gotten charged with copyright infringement for stealing his beats. Bushido's bio begins with a youth marked by drug possession and vandalism, proceeds to a burgeoning rap career propelled by a shadowy alliance with German mobsters and also includes, strangely, a stint in real estate development.