Thursday, April 5th, 2012
Sage poet Zoxea & Busta Flex battle it out in ‘C’est nous les reustas’: Youssoupha (a name you must be familiar with by now), Indila and Skalpovich Dreamin’:
Saturday, March 10th, 2012
I like the tone and aesthetic of this commercial. It makes Paris look like parts of Brooklyn. We’ll leave the close reading for another day (the relationship between identity politics and consumption for example), except to note...
Sunday, March 4th, 2012
Less than two months before France’s presidential elections, this ‘Letter to the Republic’ couldn’t come more timely. And it blew up accordingly. Kery James has some thoughts on France’s history of racism, colonisation, and the African diaspora....
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Watching French incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy’s speech in Marseille Sunday night (his second speech since announcing he’s seeking a second term last week), I was hoping for a reference to how the financial crisis — the millstone...
Monday, January 30th, 2012
Loads of Paris suburbs gets shouted out in this song by a cast of the city's rappers.
Saturday, January 21st, 2012
My friends and the musicians we listen to--we're mostly the children of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean--prefer Francois Hollande and the Socialists over Sarkozy, but know Hollande won't win.