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MC Solaar raps in slangy, idiomatic French about weighty matters on Mach 6. "La Vie Est Belle," as singer Audrey Chanu sings at the outset on a track of that title, but the rapper makes clear that all is not well, providing a bill of particulars in "Guerilla," which calls out Hamas, Mossad, the FBI, and the CIA, among other antagonists. A vision of paradise may be suggested by "Jardin d'Eden," but a child plaintively asks, "Dis MC, pourquoi tu peux sauver le monde?" Because, he answers, he isn't Superman, and yet the song calls for the world to be saved. MC Solaar declaims his raps in a deep voice with a strong sense of rhythm, his rhymes reinforced by musical tracks drawing upon African and Indian styles. The music implies a pan-global confluence, even as the rapper explores the difficulties of personal and international understanding.


Born: 05 March 1969 in Dakar, Senegal

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The best and most popular French rapper, MC Solaar found success in America among fans of acid jazz and jazz-rap (if not the larger hip-hop community) after guesting on Guru's acclaimed Jazzmatazz project. His fluid phrasing makes up for his lack of English, and the production on his solo work (by DJ Jimmy Jay and Boom Bass of La Funk Mob) surpasses that of most of his hip-hop contemporaries. Born Claude M'Barali in Senegal, Solaar later moved to Paris and released his first single, "Bouge de La,"...
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