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MC Solaar

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," in 1990. Two later tracks became French hits, prompting the release of his first album, Qui Seme le Vent Recolte le Tempo, in 1991. Introduced to the U.S. by way of two compilations (Tommy Boy's Planet Rap and Island's The Rebirth of Cool), MC Solaar recorded "Le Bien, Le Mal" for 1993's Jazzmatazz LP. His second album, Prose Combat, earned an American release on Cohiba by 1994. Paradisiaque followed in 1997, and Solaar returned a year later with a self-titled effort. La Tour de la Question appeared in 1999.

He proceeded to develop his music into the new millennium with critically acclaimed sixth album Cinquiéme As in 2001. Follow-up Mach 6 came during 2003 for his European fans and appeared another three years later in America. Solaar then decamped to New York in 2007 and recorded some of his most adventurous work there for Chapitre 7, which included an eclectic mix of distorted guitar riffs and a samba-influenced dance beat alongside his laid-back rap style. The French rapper released a compilation entitled Magnum 567 in 2010 which featured tracks from his fifth, sixth, and seventh records. ~ John Bush & Scott Kerr, Rovi
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Je Sui regrade rap
It annoys me that Pandora mentions his lack of English as if it is a problem. I second cpury!
I love this song everything about this song is good
Listening to MC solaar makes me feel like ça va très bien!
Translate his lyrics into English and have your mom read them over dinner and they're still more inspiring than any of his contemporari e s .
Instant love, MC Solaar is tight love his style and the french is ooooooh la la:)
cpury
I love the song but not your bio. His fluid phrasing makes up for his lack of English? Really? Wait, isn't he from a country where people speak another language?
His voice is awesome and his music is unique. Love it.
slowmotion70 8 7
love the instruments
Je deteste... The bio on MC Solaar! Parce que... I don't like the phrase his play on words makes up for his lack of english. I am from Brooklyn, born and raised, and I'm Jamaican/Afr i c a n / A m e r i c a n , and I think he is THE BEST lyricist/rap p e r / a r t i s t period! It's like they think speaking english is a criteria for rapping...lo l . I love pandora, but they're maddd corny for that!
Je suis un guadeloupeen vivant aux Etats-Unis depuis presque 20 ans, et MC Solaar reste un des mes rappeurs favori, meme si ces jours-ci on le considere old school.
I love the lyrics of his songs, like Caroline, they are always witty and well, I am French, so I enjoy them very much is all I have to say... MC Solaar, t'es super!!!
I have a limited knowledge of French. I certainly have a hard time understandin g rap. All I have to say is this guy SHREDS, no matter which language he is speaking.
Love Mc Solaar. Wish they would re-issue Prose Combat, it's one of my top ten " stranded on a desert island albums".
rsnoddyart
As an "American in Paris" in the mid 90's, MC Solaar chilled me out in a way that made me realized the world was my home....Bril l a n t talent.
I wish they played MC Solaar on the major radio stations, but that's ok, once I get my new Nook Color I will be bringing my Pandora station with me where ever I go!
love how he does vocal triplets over the beat... similar to eminem... huge talent.
Remember when Solaar wrote that letter pretending to be Guru's last will and testament? Yeah.
Never ceases to entertain. It never seems to matter that I don't know French, since his rhythm, voice and beat carry the message all on its own. THIS is French rap, I mean rap in general, at its best.
bien...bien. . . b i e n
Absolutely Gorgeous.... . .
Killa Beats!!!!
SEE FRENCH PEOPLE ARE AS COOL AS WE ARE , HAHAHAHAH JK I GOT A SONG WITH FRENCH AND ENGLISH AND I'M PISS COLORED SO PEOPLE KEEP ASKIN ME IF I'M CREOLE I'M LIKE NAW KID I'M JUST RED BONED , HO AND I'M ALSO RELATED TO MC SOLAAR " THEN MAURY POVICH PULLS OUT THE ENVELOPE AND SAYS, "NOW U SAID YOU RELATED BY BLOOD AND THE LIE DETECTOR TESTS SAYS YOU LIED!" I'm not even embarrased but Mc Solaar is the nuke bomb,....... . . . . .
Do U SUN. U R beig heard ova' here.

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