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Paris Is (Still) Burning : Hip-hop Fires-up the French Vote


French rapper Diam is driving the presidential vote

Ever steeped in controversy, American hip-hop has undergone enormous scrutiny lately. At least it did until Monday, when the massacre at Virginia Tech relegated hip-hop and every other news story "below the fold." But in and around Paris, rap music has purposefully stepped up to the mic -- and is headlining French news.

According to this NPR BBC audio report, the French artist known as Diams -- a female rapper influenced by those fiery riots -- has thrust hip-hoppers into the political spotlight. Suddenly, the vote of African youth has become among the most aggressively sought in France by candidates competing in the country's forthcoming presidential election.

Rap music in France takes the political lead
Links to:

~ Diam,
~ Amazon's list of the most influential French rap CDs,
~ Top French rapper Joey Star of NTM,
~ Rap leadership in the political sphere, and
~ More fiery culture clashes that occurred on the anniversary of the French youth riots.

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2 comments:

tim said...

Good Job! :)

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