A German rapper has gone from hip-hop to the terror watchlist due to his ISIS connections, according to U.S. officials.
The rapper, whose real name is Denis Cuspert, now goes by the name Abu Talha al-Almani and joined the terrοr group ISIS in 2012.
Not only has Cuspert joined the group, but according to State Department officials, he has been seen in several videos. In one video he was reportedly holding a severed head.
Intelligence officers say Cuspert is the perfect international recruit since he serves as a willing “pitchman”, NBC News reports.
Authorities have been suspicious of Cuspert for quite awhile.
“Last September, German intelligence officials put together a 25-page analysis on the Berlin native’s radicalization process. It said that Cuspert — who as Deso Dogg rapped ‘welcome to my world full of hate and bloοd’ in a 2007 music video — is believed to have been radicalized in Germany’s Salafist scene and quickly gained popularity as a radical preacher who tried to recruit followers for ISIS. Cuspert ‘in a few years developed into a well-known German-speaking demagogue of the armed Jihad,'” according to a report obtained by NBC.
Cuspert is not the first rapper turned terrοrist, according to authorities.
In August of 2014, BreakingBrown reported the case of Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, California who died while fighting for the terror group ISIS.
McCain, 33, was described by friends as an “all smiling” aspiring rapper.
He soon began calling himself Duale and expressing sympathy for ISIS on Twitter. On June 9, Duale reportedly wrote to an alleged ISIS fighter on Twitter: “I will be joining you guys soon.”
McCain died while fighting for ISIS in Syria, says the State Department.