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(AFP) – The first albums of MC Solaar are finally reissued and access the platforms, the opportunity to return to his inextinguishable curiosity, his references from IAM to Public Enemy, the odyssey of the clip “New Western”.
. “Who had the right”
When he left his first record company in the years 2000, “there had been no firm decision on who had the right to put the first albums back on the market”, as he sums it up for AFP.
The Paix des Braves has just been signed to eradicate from a legal black hole of 20 years its original opuses, which were no longer reissued, nor available on the platforms.
It is a pleasure to rediscover “Qui Sème Le vent Récolte Le Tempo “(1991), resurrected in July, and” Prose Combat “(1994) which resurfaces this Friday.
And here is the fifties delighted to make listen to his “old-fashioned productions” to the young generation .
“There is still 31% of good” s’ he amuses. He is also delighted to see rap so popular, far from the “stigmatization” of the years 90.
. “New Western”: “We were flabbergasted”
One of the jewels of “Prose combat” is “New Western”, with a sample of “Bonnie and Clyde” by Serge Gainsbourg. A find by Hubert Blanc-Francard, studio wizard. He and his accomplice of the French Touch, the late Philippe Zdar (died in 2017), support for this album the rapper-author and his sound director, Jimmy Jay .
The single is served by a landmark clip: a traveling shot takes MC Solaar as if by magic from Paris to the United States.
“Director Stéphane Sednaoui explains his idea to you, but you don’t understand it (laughs). I wasn’t used to traveling much and we went to New York, Los Angeles, Arizona surrounded by real cacti “, remembers The Ace of Clubs, one of his nicknames.
” Me, I was changing the sape, I was trying to have an attitude + Snoopienne + – I like Snoop (Dog) – to give a dynamic (laughs). When we saw the result, we were all flabbergasted, it’s a great clip. “
. “Hollywood berne”, “double drawer in the pun”
In “New Western”, we hear “Hollywood berne”, nod to “Burn Hollywood Burn”, title of Public Enemy in ankle with two other figures of US rap, Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane.
“It’s an extraordinary song about the lack of diversity in American cinema, I wanted to make a little dedication.”
But when he sings this title in Switzerland, the public seizes it in reference to the city of Bern. “It’s the double drawer in the pun”, smiles MC Solaar.
He always quotes his references and pays homage to IAM in “La Concubine De L ‘ Hemoglobin”. The group from Marseille, a pioneer of rap, changed everything.
“Before I was in the ego-trip for my rap and then I heard Shurik’n ( co-leader of IAM) “. He sings in an interview a verse of “Non Soumis A L’Etat”. “I said to myself + Oh bugger, it’s coherent +”
He switches to conscious rap, that of societal themes. Ideal for this student of foreign languages, philosophy option, bulimic of reading.
In “Devotion” fuse “The handicapped has caught the handicap”. Question little approached in rap, which allowed him to focus on “adapted sport”.
. Youssoupha, the one who “over-motivated” him
After 2007, MC Solaar moved away from the studios before coming back to 2017 with “Geopoetics”.
“When I was doing nothing, there was someone who over-motivated me, who sent me messages to get me back to music, it was Youssoupha”. “I want to do stuff with him, that’s why I sent him a short text this morning.”
New project on the go? “I’m going to look at the past, from 90 to now, try to select what I liked the most in what I have actually, to make it a kind of conglomerate with new titles, to do something that looks like all my periods. ” Its logo is a star, which has not finished shining.