Thursday, May 21, 2009

Global funk connections: MC Solaar

Did I ever mention I have a serious thing for French hip-hop? I mean, when its done right, it sounds fantastic, since there are few accents in the world that sound sexier. My fave in the genre is Menelik and No Se's discofied "Quelle Aventure", but overall, you can't talk about French rap without mentioning MC Solaar.

The man otherwise known as Claude M'Barali grew up in Paris but was born to Chadian parents in Dakar, Senegal. After Youssou N'Dor and Akon, he is probably Senegal's third biggest musical export. Releasing his first single in 1990, he swiftly gained in popularity, and to this day is the only French rapper to gain any significant success with English-speaking rap audiences. His career is now 8 albums deep, and includes notable contributions with Guru, Missy Elliot and jazz bassist Ron Carter.

I never understand a single word of it of course, but that doesn't really matter. It's all about sound, and Solaar has one of the smoothest voices around. He could rap about anal warts and it would still sound fly.

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