French hip hop
Most French hip hop
artists come from poor suburbs
. Unlike the blacks living in urban ghettos
in the United States
, where hip hop
began, France has had a much wider social safety net, meaning that poverty was rarely as extreme in France's North
and West African immigrant communities (where most of the artists come from) as in African American
Some of France's most important hip hop crews:
- IAM (Marseille) featuring members with (North) African, French and Hispano-Italian roots. Inspired by East Coast rap.
- Suprême NTM(Paris) featuring members with Caribbean and French roots. Inspired by East Coast (hardcore) rap.
- NAP (Strasbourg) featuring with African and Caribbean roots.
- La Cliqua (Paris) featuring Rocca, bilingual rapper with Columbian roots.
- KDD (Toulouse) hardcore
- Manau (Bretagne) rather commercial group mixing hip hop with Celtic music.
- MC Solaar considered as commercial by some. It sucedeed writing rap songs with a strong "Chanson Francaise" influence his lyric style has been compared to Serge Gainsbourg.
- Sniper () ..
- Saïan Supa Crew () ..
The majority of French rappers are really from Africa. Even though DJ Dee Nasty became the pioneer of Hip-Hop in France during the early 1980s, immigrants from Africa dominated the music scene as well. Due to the former French rule and the colonial, Africans immigrants moved to France for education or better life. M.C. Solaar, from Senegal moved to France around the late 1980s and released his first CD in 1991. More African emcees include:
Hip-Hop groups from Africa also tour in France and all over Europe.