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French Music - Released June 18, 2007 | Sentinel ouest

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For his seventh album, Chapitre 7, French rap icon MC Solaar traveled to New York City and proceeded to record an adventurous album. Almost immediately on Chapitre 7, Solaar signals his desire to veer far from the French rap norm: a distorted electric guitar rips away during the opening seconds of the first song, "Carpe Diem"; the next song, "Paris-Samba," is a full-on samba workout en français with a steadily grooving backbeat; the next song, "Clic Clic," is a reggae exercise; and then comes "Da Vinci Claude," a maze-like song that kicks into rock gear after a half-minute. The remainder of the album is no less adventurous, though it's admittedly more in line with the style of sophisticated jazz-rap with which Solaar made his name during the 1990s. Producers Eric K-Roz and Alain J helm Chapitre 7 in tandem, and despite the freewheeling stylistic experiments that characterize the opening tracks, they give each song a similar feel that helps the album sound of a piece. Overall, Chapitre 7 is a showcase for Solaar and his production duo; only a few songs feature guest vocalists, namely Bambi Cruz ("Si on T'Demande"), Black Jack ("Sous les Palmiers"), and Issara ("Ben, Oui!"). Given Solaar's accomplished career to date, Chapitre 7 will likely be met with high expectations, especially by those acquainted with his earlier, much-celebrated work in the 1990s. Though not a classic album on a par with his past work, let alone a latter-day masterwork, Chapitre 7 is nonetheless an impressive accomplishment for Solaar. He sounds fearless here, eager to explore new styles and break free of expectations, even if the adventurousness and experimentation of Chapitre 7 might alienate those looking for a more traditional style of French rap from Solaar, or perhaps a return to the jazz-rap of his early work. At 18 tracks, each unique in its own way, Chapitre 7 is long, complex, and sometimes difficult. But it's rarely dull, at times curious, and overall a worthwhile investigation for anyone fond of Solaar or drawn to the fringes of French rap. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Rap - Released December 5, 2011 | Sentinel ouest

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Rap - Released July 12, 2010 | Sentinel ouest

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Rap - Released December 2, 2003 | Sentinel ouest

MC Solaar raps in slangy, idiomatic French about weighty matters on Mach 6. "La Vie Est Belle," as singer Audrey Chanu sings at the outset on a track of that title, but the rapper makes clear that all is not well, providing a bill of particulars in "Guerilla," which calls out Hamas, Mossad, the FBI, and the CIA, among other antagonists. A vision of paradise may be suggested by "Jardin d'Eden," but a child plaintively asks, "Dis MC, pourquoi tu peux sauver le monde?" Because, he answers, he isn't Superman, and yet the song calls for the world to be saved. MC Solaar declaims his raps in a deep voice with a strong sense of rhythm, his rhymes reinforced by musical tracks drawing upon African and Indian styles. The music implies a pan-global confluence, even as the rapper explores the difficulties of personal and international understanding. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Rap - Released October 2, 1998 | Sentinel ouest

Though he had never strayed too far, Le Tour de La Question returns Solaar to his roots in jazz-rap. Similar to his classic Prose Combat, it's a set of funky hip-hop with just the right amount of samples and Solaar's complementary rapping style, which always takes into account the production. It's a relief that he appears to have little concern for what's hitting the charts in America, since so many American rappers (and labels) follow whatever is hot when they're recording. He just keeps on making great hip-hop with a bit of jazz and a bit of old-school flavor. Available in limited quantities, a special two-disc set of Le Tour de La Question includes deluxe packaging and a book. ~ John Bush
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Rap - Released October 17, 2011 | Sentinel ouest

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Rap - Released March 14, 2011 | Sentinel ouest

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French Music - Released November 3, 2017 | Osmose Inverse, under exclusive license to Play Two

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French Music - Released October 20, 2017 | Osmose Inverse, under exclusive license to Play Two

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French Music - Released October 6, 2017 | Osmose Inverse, under exclusive license to Play Two

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French Music - Released September 29, 2017 | Osmose Inverse, under exclusive license to Play Two

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French Music - Released September 1, 2017 | Osmose Inverse, under exclusive license to Play Two

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Rap - Released March 23, 2014 | Sentinel ouest

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Rap - Released December 5, 2011 | Sentinel ouest

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Rap - Released December 4, 2011 | Sentinel ouest