Blog 3: favorite non-US hip hop artist

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When I first read the prompt for this blog, I had no idea who to write about. I am horrible with the names of any artist or song, although I will recognize the song once it is played. The first non-US artist that comes to mind is MC Solaar, a french hip hop and rap artist. I was first introduced to MC Solaar in French class is high school, when we had our music Fridays. He is one of the most popular French hip hop artists, and is also one of the most influential French hip hop artist internationally. Although he was born in Senegal, his family moved to France to avoid the politics in Senegal. He became involved in hip hop by doing graffiti, and by participating in the hip hop music scene. He began his hip hop career in the early 90s, and is still making music today. In his early work, he would rap about the struggles of Black people who migrated to France. He has songs about his parents struggle with emigration to France. He also addresses the colonialism in Africa. He is not very well known in the United States, although he was a guest artist on a track of Missy Elliot. His music has been played on MTV, and in other American venues, making him one of the most successful French artists in the American hip hop community.

Here is a sample of what MC Solaar's music is like, with his first song Bouge de La meaning get out of my way, with the lyrics translated to English

Everything started in a city called Maison Alfort
When I see a weird mama which vibrates her body
She sais to me "MC solaar Come here so I give you some comforting"
I say "No thanx it's very nice but I don't eat porc"
move out (of my way)
I continue my trip arrive in Lyon train station
When I see a guy who boast he's very strong
like a lyon
He sais "Claude MC do you wanna boxe"
His hematoms were bigger than Samantha Fox's breasts
move out (of my way)
My floor neighbour, she's called Cassander
She's got a small dog she calls Alexander
She asks me "Claude MC do you wanna tyake him down"
I took my magnum, I have a hard time to get my shit down
move out (of my way)
Directly I went to Lucy's
Who loves dogs, cats and TV pet's shows
She says "Do you love beasts, you my super MC"
I said "Yeah, lov'em, with salt and well cooked"
move out (of my way)
Later in the metro there's a hobo hanging
he tells me his life, he tells me he comes from Rennes
Then he tells me that he sticks, that he should bathe
'tell him "Jump in the sewers, you'll land in the Seine (river)"
move out (of my way)
I continue my way, arrive at Boulevard Barbes
(Here I transposed to the equivalent in the US:)
when I see a mexican who came from mexico
(original: when I see a morrocan who came from marrakech)
He tells me "hombre, I'll buy your raps in pesetas"
(original: He tells me "arwhah, arwhah I'll buy your raps in dinars")
I said "no, I want some dollars 'cause they call me Solaar"
move out (of my way)
So i moved, I had to go, leave, turn around
I had to escape, to eclipse myself, I had to camouflage myself
I had to diseppear, to reappear
move out (of my way )


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