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Nicolas Rogès - Boulogne. Une école du rap français


352 pages
Text(s) by Nicolas Rogès
22.4 x 13.8 cm
Language: French
Publisher: JC Lattès

Who would have thought that a school of rap would be born in Boulogne-Billancourt and that its artists would transform French hip-hop? Les Sages Poètes de la Rue, Booba, Ali, LIM, Salif, Mala, Kohndo, Nysay, Mo'vez Lang, Tuerie... all have left their mark on this former working-class stronghold, home of Renault, which continues to influence new generations of rappers.

To piece together the history of the Boulogne school, the author of this long-term investigation interviewed over fifty rappers, producers and journalists. From the beginnings of the Sages Poètes de la Rue in the Pont-de-Sèvres area to the triumph of Booba, via the short-lived career of Salif, what legacy have these artists left behind as they united and then tore themselves apart?

Packed with anecdotes, Boulogne. Une école du rap français will appeal to the general public and specialists alike.