French rap: “they should have listened”

The ongoing riots and protests in France (2005) were foreseen. That is the feeling amongst many rappers in the country. Already ten years ago, bands such as IAM and MC Solaar were sending out warning signals. More radical groups such as NTM were even brought to court for their confrontational style.

And now, when it’s too late, the media are saying that the signals were all there to be seen. To quote the BBC: “Today many French rappers are saying that if only their words had been listened to, the suburban violence might never have occurred. ‘Instead of sleeping in the national assembly, government ministers should have listened to our albums. It’s the youth of France talking,’ said Rim-K of 113.

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