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French Music Today: Rap, Hip-Hop, Alternative

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. October 2006.

The following information identifies selected names in French music of about 1996-2006. The term alternative is used **very** loosely, for convenience’s sake, to suggest artists working outside the pop mainstream, not quite entrenched as cultural icons. The list, which may well grow with time, provides a rough outline of some directions in recent French music. The amazon.fr links can be handy for RealPlayer audio samples. RFI Musique also has extensive overviews and the occasional audio clip under “Discographies.” Le Hall de la Chanson has an interesting virtual exhibit entitled 20 ans de Chansons Actuelles. Fnac.com provides useful groupings by “Genre musical.” Elores.com has a teaching page from 2004 with many resources, and Francparler.org has one from 2006.

Akhenaton

Babbar

Booba

Diam’s

Doc Gynéco

Doudou Masta

François Hadji-Lazaro (see also L’Express and this interview at RFI Musique)

IAM

Jérome Minière; unique surreal official site

Kool Shen

Kyo; biography

La Tordue

Les Négresses Vertes

Les Ogres de Barback; Radio-Canada page; official site with audio, video

Les Rita Mitsouko; Radio-Canada page; official site

Louise Attaque; Radio-Canada page

M; Radio-Canada page with audio interview clips; official site

Manu Chao (see also this 2003 CQFD article)

MC Solaar (an icon — and a must!); Wikipedia page

Mickey 3D; official site; Wikipedia page

Passi

Sinik

Suprême NTM

Zebda