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This album is one of the cornerstones of French hip-hop music. Its release was a major act for IAM as they finally found a sound to match the quality of their lyrics, as well as for French hip-hop, confirming the fact that rap has a lot of followers in the Hexagon. Like their peers from the suburbs of Paris, NTM, IAM went to New York to instigate the production of this album, seeking for the essence of the sound one can only find in the Big Apple (their previous album was also cut in N.Y.). They teamed with Prince Charles Alexander, the mixer and engineer who worked a lot for Bad Boy Records. They even got close to the Wu-Tang realm through Sunz of Man members on "La Saga." The sound has definitely changed from the previous albums: at first putting themselves in the Egyptian tradition (look at their names), they now have found the musical depth they deserve as ones of the few best lyricists of France. Definitely influenced by the Wu-Tang soundscapes, the opening track is the story of the battle between their school, from the silver mic, against the wooden mic school, in a Bushido style. Too bad that non-French speaking listeners won't get the lyrics; they cannot appreciate the quintessence of IAM's style. However, most of the album sticks to the traditional approach of storytelling, as it covers the city life in its darkness: little brothers that want to grow too fast and be the new caïd ("Petit Frère"), money hungry women who have sex without giving their names, the difficulties to have a similar chance and destiny than a boy growing up in the well-off (about equality of chances) and much more. Not many subjects of relief here, we only breathe thanks to the banging instrumentals and phrasing of the MCs. IAM takes the time to raise questions we don't want to hear, and stories we don't want to remember. This album is just hip-hop as its best: quality of the production with skilled lyricists in top form. This would just be one of you first "must-have" purchase if you plan to approach French rap music.
© Vincent Latz /TiVo

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1
L'école du micro d'argent
Iam
00:03:53

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

2
Dangereux
Iam
00:03:45

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Nés sous la même étoile
Iam
00:03:51

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Arranger

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

4
La saga
Iam
00:04:02

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - Dreddy Krueger, Lyricist - Timbo King, Lyricist - PRODIGAL SUNN, Lyricist - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

5
Petit frère
Iam
00:04:45

Prince Charles Alexander, Mixer - Akhenaton, Producer, Writer - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Carlton Batts, Masterer - DAN WOOD, Recorder - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer, Producer - DJ KHEOPS, Arranger - Nicholas Sansano, Recorder

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

6
Elle donne son corps avant son nom
Iam
00:04:11

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

7
L'empire du côté obscur
Iam
00:04:21

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

8
Regarde
Iam
00:03:55

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

9
L'enfer (feat. East & Fabe)
Iam
00:04:51

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Writer - East, Lyricist, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Fabe, Lyricist, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Quand tu allais, on revenait
Iam
00:04:47

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Chez le mac
Iam
00:04:42

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Un bon son brut pour les truands
Iam
00:03:49

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Freeman, Lyricist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

13
Bouger la tête
Iam
00:04:43

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Un cri court dans la nuit (feat. Nuttea)
Iam
00:03:54

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Nuttea, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - Daddy Nuttea, Lyricist - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Libère mon imagination
Iam
00:05:21

Akhenaton, Composer, Writer - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - Kheops, Arranger

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Demain, c'est loin
Iam
00:09:00

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Arranger

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

DISC 2

1
Hold-up mental
Iam
00:04:53

Akhenaton, Writer - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - CHANG-TI SHURIK'N, Writer - Kheops, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1991 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Donne-moi le micro
Iam
00:04:35

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, Composer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1993 Warner Music France

3
Complexe
Iam
00:04:13

Akhenaton, Composer, Writer - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1996 Warner Music France

4
Il faut taper
Iam
00:05:19

Akhenaton, Composer, Writer - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Sans issue
Iam
00:04:59

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Sales hypocrites
Iam
00:04:11

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - Kheops, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Doin' Our Thang
Iam
00:04:20

Akhenaton, Composer - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - Kheops, Composer - Primo Style, Writer - Smooth Lordion, Writer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

8
La Réalité
Iam
00:03:39

Akhenaton, Composer, Writer - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

9
C'est clair je suis sombre
Iam
00:04:25

Akhenaton, Composer, Writer - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

10
La 25ème image (feat. Nuttea) (Remix)
Iam
00:05:31

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Writer - Nuttea, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - Kheops, Composer - Olivier Lara, Writer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

DISC 3

1
L'Ecole du micro d'argent (Instrumental)
Iam
00:03:53

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Dangereux (Instrumental)
Iam
00:03:44

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Nés sous la même étoile (Instrumental)
Iam
00:03:52

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Arranger

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

4
La Saga (Instrumental)
Iam
00:04:24

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - Dreddy Krueger, Lyricist - Timbo King, Lyricist - PRODIGAL SUNN, Lyricist - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Petit frère (Instrumental)
Iam
00:05:15

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Arranger

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Elle donne son corps avant son nom (Instrumental)
Iam
00:04:12

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

7
L'Empire du côté obscur (Instrumental)
Iam
00:04:03

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Regarde (Instrumental)
Iam
00:03:57

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Chez le mac (Instrumental)
Iam
00:04:43

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Un bon son brut pour les truands (Instrumental)
Iam
00:03:52

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Freeman, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Bouger la tête (Instrumental)
Iam
00:04:48

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Un cri court dans la nuit (Instrumental)
Iam
00:03:54

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - Daddy Nuttea, Lyricist - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Demain, c'est loin (Instrumental)
Iam
00:09:01

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, Performance, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Arranger

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

14
Libère mon imagination (Instrumental)
Iam
00:05:22

Akhenaton, Composer, Writer - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - Kheops, Arranger

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Quand tu allais, on revenait (Instrumental)
Iam
00:04:42

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Independenza (Instrumental)
Iam
00:03:59

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Freeman, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

DISC 4

1
Independenza
Akhenaton
00:03:58

Akhenaton, Lyricist, Producer - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Freeman, Lyricist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

2
Tempérament Kunta Kinté
Iam
00:04:16

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Composer, Writer - Freeman, Writer - Iam, MainArtist

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Fait divers
Iam
00:06:54

Akhenaton, Composer - Freeman, Lyricist - Iam, MainArtist

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Pourquoi je suis là
Iam
00:03:54

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Composer, Writer - Iam, MainArtist

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

5
La saga (feat. Timbo King, Dreddy Krueger & Prodigal Sunn) (Soul Remix)
Various Interprets
00:04:47

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - Iam, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - Dreddy Krueger, Lyricist, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Timbo King, Lyricist, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - PRODIGAL SUNN, Lyricist, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

6
L'Empire du côté obscur (Version épique)
Iam
00:04:26

Akhenaton, Writer - Shurik'n, Writer - Iam, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Des sous
Iam
00:04:40

Akhenaton, Composer, Writer - Shurik'n, Writer - Freeman, Vocals, Writer - Iam, MainArtist - Kheops, Composer

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

8
L'Ecole du micro d'argent (Version guerrière)
Iam
00:03:36

Akhenaton, Lyricist - Shurik'n, Lyricist - DAN WOOD, Recorder - Iam, Vocals, MainArtist - Imhotep, Composer, Producer - DJ KHEOPS, Composer - Alex Gopher, Masterer - Nicholas Sansano, Mixer, Recorder

© 2013 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

This album is one of the cornerstones of French hip-hop music. Its release was a major act for IAM as they finally found a sound to match the quality of their lyrics, as well as for French hip-hop, confirming the fact that rap has a lot of followers in the Hexagon. Like their peers from the suburbs of Paris, NTM, IAM went to New York to instigate the production of this album, seeking for the essence of the sound one can only find in the Big Apple (their previous album was also cut in N.Y.). They teamed with Prince Charles Alexander, the mixer and engineer who worked a lot for Bad Boy Records. They even got close to the Wu-Tang realm through Sunz of Man members on "La Saga." The sound has definitely changed from the previous albums: at first putting themselves in the Egyptian tradition (look at their names), they now have found the musical depth they deserve as ones of the few best lyricists of France. Definitely influenced by the Wu-Tang soundscapes, the opening track is the story of the battle between their school, from the silver mic, against the wooden mic school, in a Bushido style. Too bad that non-French speaking listeners won't get the lyrics; they cannot appreciate the quintessence of IAM's style. However, most of the album sticks to the traditional approach of storytelling, as it covers the city life in its darkness: little brothers that want to grow too fast and be the new caïd ("Petit Frère"), money hungry women who have sex without giving their names, the difficulties to have a similar chance and destiny than a boy growing up in the well-off (about equality of chances) and much more. Not many subjects of relief here, we only breathe thanks to the banging instrumentals and phrasing of the MCs. IAM takes the time to raise questions we don't want to hear, and stories we don't want to remember. This album is just hip-hop as its best: quality of the production with skilled lyricists in top form. This would just be one of you first "must-have" purchase if you plan to approach French rap music.
© Vincent Latz /TiVo

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