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Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo

MC Solaar

1991

Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo

Album Summary

Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo is the debut studio album by French rapper MC Solaar. The album title is a pun on the French version of the Biblical proverb "qui sème le vent récolte la tempête" (he who sows the wind reaps the whirlwind, Hosea 8:7). It was released in 1991 and gained considerable success. "Bouge de là" was the album's first single, which was hugely successful in France and went on to kickstart Solaar's career there. The song is based on a sample of "The Message" by 1970s English band Cymande. The title song "Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo" samples Lou Donaldson's "One Cylinder". Other popular singles from the album are "Caroline" and "Victime de la mode".

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Rating

3.08

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3478

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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5

Surprisingly diverse sounds that pump in African, Jazz, Rap, and plenty others to make a strong record.

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This is some of the best rap that I didn’t understand a word of lol. Honestly, if I spoke French, this could possibly be a 5 depending on the lyrics. But man, this guy flows so nice, and the beats are delightful.

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Dear oh dear I can't understand a word these rappers say

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4

Definately better than expected. Mix of funk, jazz and hiphop. No idea what the lyrics are about, but they have a really nice flow.

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Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo by MC Solaar (1991) Cet album est fascinant, en raison de sa fusion de hip hop, jazz, reggae et funk. Pour les anglophones, le fait qu’il soit composé et interprété dans Français n’est pas vraiment un obstacle au plaisir. Il est particulièrement remarquable pour avoir été produit en 1991. C’était assez tôt pour avoir une influence significative sur les rappeurs britanniques et américains. Nous y étions en 1917 et 1944. Avec ce disque, MC Solaar rend la pareille. Merci. La chanson-titre est une tournure intéressante du proverbe biblique « Qui sème le vent récolte la tempête » (Osée 8,7). MC Solaar échange « tempo » contre « tempête », une petite synecdoque astucieuse qui fonctionne poétiquement sinon exégétiquement. Je suis sûr qu’Osée avait autre chose en tête. MC Solaar n’a pas de type de voix que les Américains associent habituellement au rap ou au hip hop. Il a une qualité plutôt apaisante, ce qui rend l’expérience d’écoute très accessible. Certaines de ces chansons ont des arrière-plans éthérés et des rythmes sensuels. Dans « Quatier Nord » et « Ragga Jam », MC Solaar démontre une grande habileté à l’articulation rapide des consonnes. Ses styles vocaux sont polis et bien assortis à l’ambiance de chaque composition. C’est un disque qui élargit ses horizons musicaux. Ce serait un excellent album pour la musique de fond pour le travail. Pardonnez mon expression dans Français. 4/5

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Mike Ladd est le fils de Robert Dimery

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well, shit - that was fantastic. i had a friend in college who was french, and for his final recording project, he produced a track of him rapping in french - and it was amazing! the tape was stuck in my friend's car, so every time we'd go anywhere, all we'd hear was georges screaming away. so this album of course reminds me of that, which is fantastic - but obviously it also stands on its own. the flow is so tight, you'd think he couldn't get any faster and harder after about the third track...but then raga jam comes up, and you fall over. super happy i got to hear this.

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5

Interesting to hear rap in a different language but to hear it use a similar music language as lots of other rap music at the time, but MC Solaar's vocals are just sooooooo smooth. Caroline immediately grabbed me. La devise is a solid close to a killer album.

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Классный олд скул

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cool

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5

Absolutely tremendous talent

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Loved it loved it loved it. Everything sounds cooler in French. The beats are tight and so far beyond the rest of 1991, and even though I only understood every 10th word, the flow was gorgeous. Tres bien, j'adore!

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4

Spiced up Jazz - tres bien

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4

Really enjoyed that!

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Hip-hop francés. Me ha gustado bastante.

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Really enjoyed this whole album.

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no clue what they’re saying

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Wow this dude flows so well!

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I did not understand this, but I loved every second of it. Who knew I would be into French Hip Hop

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4

Sounds was really good, although my French is still at high-school level competence so I only caught the odd word or phrase

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Un hip-hop e rappata molto allegri. Credo tratti comunque temi di importanza sociale. 'Caroline' la consiglierò a tutti. Il francese è più musicale dell'inglese? 4 stelle, ma quasi 5

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4

Caught me by surprise in a good way. Really chill French rap with lyrics that are clever even through Google Translate. Best track: Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo

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4

Wish i could understand more of the lyrics, but love the vibe

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4

First half is very good. flows are gorgeous even though I do not understand the lyrics. Good beats.

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4

4 Baguette out of 5. Has a nice flow. Don't understand it so the lyrics are different. Hopefully not talking about raping and killing

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Surprisingly really enjoyed this album

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mmhon

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French hip-hop, wasn't sure what to expect going in but I dig it. Don't speak the language so most of the lyrics are going over my head but the guy seems to have a good flow and the beats are good. I liked this.

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4

Great fucking album. Sick grooves and killer flows. I just wish I could understand him!

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4

Not bad at all

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I have no idea what’s going on but I like it

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4

This was very unexpected album. Good hip-hop style with some french style embedded into it. Very nice discovery

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Excellent and chill

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brabo

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I think that by signing to Talking Loud records, MC ended up with much more of an organic, acid jazzy sound. I'm sure there are real instruments in there - the sax solo in the title track definitely and many of the bass lines move around enough to be real - but I couldn't find any musician credits in Wikipedia. There's a handful of well written tracks. I like his smooth delivery, especially in songs like Caroline and Victim de la Mode. He has a sense of humour, there's plenty of wordplay, which I can tell, even though I barely understand French and he sounds like he's having a good time.

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Cool French rap!

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4

Bel album de rap classique. 4.5

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One if those albums where I couldn't help but think that every song was about Olympia Dukakis. That has to be some sort of complement because daddy loves this album. So much so that I've taken to referring to myself as daddy.

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I really like the title track!! Who sows the wind harvests the beat! My time spent on Duo lingo has not been wasted.

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4

Don’t speak French but it mixes great garnered like funk rap and soulful. I’m sure it would be a 5 if I knew what he was taking about

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bra häng alltså

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Classique! L'album suivant, Prose Combat, me paraît cependant meilleur, plus abouti. Ici, MC Solaar met de l'avant ses capacités, ce qui tient parfois de l'esbrouffe.

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4

I really liked this; I enjoyed it's funkiness. The title track especially was good, but lots of good stuff in here.

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This was a great time. I think my favorite song is the title track, but there were a lot of good ones.

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4

Musically stylish hip hop - makes for sipping your beaujolais while bopping to some of these songs. Now while I don’t know French, some cringey rhymes seem to popup but I might be wrong. However overall - quite fun to listen to - a shame if one doesn’t know the language (like myself) as I guess as you miss out on half the fun.

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Only vaguely heard of this guy but I knew the French love their hip hop, never explored before. This is pretty great, love the title track. I love 80s hip hop and rap but I kind of got off the bus somewhere early to mid 90s and never truly got back on. Always got time for exceptions like Dave and such. I don't like the ragga one, I'm not target audience, but I won't hold it against the album as a whole which is well worth a listen. This has a lot to like about it, much genres covered, and some of that early 90s production that works great for some things (this) and terribly for lots of other stuff. Kind of doesn't matter that I haven't got a clue what he's rapping about, it's a great soundscape.

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4

I love the overlaying beats. Vocals are impressive, I only with I understood French. But, I know enough to know he is incredibly talented with the language

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4

MC Solaar shows what hip-hop can be, relaxing jazzy beats with incredible raps. Now the message of the album unfortunately passes me by a bit, but that is by no means an obstacle to any enjoyment you can get from the album. The first half of the album, with its Gang Starr influenced eclectic mix of hip hop, jazz, funk, reggae and the French troubadour style, ending with the great hip hop ballad Caroline is a classic in its style and would be a 5* album Unfortunately, there's also the second half of the album, a bit of half-hearted dub style that brings the album down and was a bit unnecessary. So it ends with 4*

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La dech au Bangladesh Prefs: Qui Sème Le Vent Récolte Le Tempo, Victime de la Mode, L'Histoire de l'Art, Armand est Mort, Quartier Nord, Caroline, La Musique Adoucit les Moeurs, Bouge de Là - Part. 1, Bouge de Là - Part. 2, La Devise Moins pref: Ragga Jam

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Desperately struggling to dust off my high school French. (Merci Mme. Stillman) I’m rather enjoying this.

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I was not hopeful about a foreign language album, and the only thing I remember from 3 years of high school French is “Allons-y! Let’s go!” I was quite pleasantly surprised by the jazzy French rap, which scratched some itch in my brain I didn’t even know I had. Bouge de la part 2 especially just got to my core. I was least impressed by the one track featuring English, funky dreamer, and I wasn’t really feeling the ragga jam, but that could have been because I didn’t feel it fit the spirit of the rest of the album.

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Интересный артефакт 90-х годов. Навевает воспоминания о фильме Такси.

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4

Solid French hip hop. I remember it being a breath of fresh air for me after a wave 2nd string gangster rap and New jack swing had left me cold on hip hop. Wish I knew French but that doesn't stop me enjoying this

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4

First album/artist I never heard of. 1st impression, meh. 2nd listen better. 3rd listen 4 stars. If only I knew what he was rapping about?!? In my top 1000, idk

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3

Great sound, but I don’t understand French so I don’t feel like I can properly rate it.

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3

Best French rap album I’ve ever heard. Actually the only French rap album I’ve ever heard. Not really my thing but I sort of enjoyed it. Very listenable. 3 stars.

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Mid 90s rap in 1994. Maybe better if you speak French

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3

Not being able to speak French really brought this down a level for me- but the music was very interesting and kept me invested through most of it. Nice jazz and Afrobeat rhythms. Fave tracks: “Matiere Grasse Contre” (apparently translates as Fat vs Fat “Funky Dreamer”

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Bra fransk hiphop! Definitivt inget jag skulle snubbla över i vanliga fall. Lekfullt, rappt, och härligt. Förstår ingenting, men MC Solaars flow är som glidmedel i öronen. Troligtvis inget jag kommer återvända till, men det var en härlig fransk hiphoptimme! Ragga Jam är en toppenkul låt. Bästa låt: Caroline.

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3

There's no denying the man has talent, but I don't think there's much here for the English-speaking listener. Decent beats, but nothing exceptional.

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3

French rap. Kind of interesting.

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3

Neat beats brah. To a non French-speaker it seems very repetitive, although I imagine much of the appeal is the lyrics. Good soundscapes underneath just a bit flat overall.

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3

Nice and chill

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I'm not a rap person and my years of French from high school are in the past. I enjoyed the beats of this and while I could understand parts of it, I feel I'm really missing the meaning. The music was a great mix of jazz and African-inspired stuff and I liked it. Very fun to listen to. 3.5/5

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3/5

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This is pretty good. Wish I understood French. I imagine it'd probably score much higher if I did. Definitely return to listen.

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Well this was an interesting sojourn into the world acid-jazz-rap francaise. I speak some French so I could understand alot of the lyrical contente and for those who don't speak French, let me say you're not missing much. MC Solaar does not have a lot to say. Having said that I really enjoyed this album. Whether or not you understand what he's rapping about, one can easily appreciate the flow of the phrasing and especially the perfect marriage of that slow sensual lyrical flow and the sultry jazzy flourishes. The music and the singer in perfect synch, make this a satisfying listen. 3.5 🌟

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First time I've listened to French hip-hop, and this was dope as hell.

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Ok

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Didn’t understand a word of it but still, not bad

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Usually with rap it's important to understand the lyrics. I speak a little French but the lyrics were going by too fast for me to understand what he was saying. With those caveats, this might have been good if I understood French better but from my perspective the beats and flow were good but it got a little repetitive after a while.

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3

I don’t speak French but had a solid sound to him.

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Cos mi dzwoni, tylko nie wiem w jakim kosciele, MC Solaar przedstawiciel francuzkiej sceny rapowej ze swoim deboutanckim krazkiem studyjnym Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo, wiec sprytny zart na biblijnym powiedzeniu kto sieje wiatr, ten zbiera burze, bo tempête brzmi prawie jak tempo, wiec ciekawie wykorzystane przyslowie do opisania tego co pan Solaar ma zamiar zrobic na tym albumie, bo jest to plyta z 91, wiec z czasow gdy ten gatunek dopiero raczkowal na starym kontynecie w tym rowniez w francji, ale nie jest to w zadnym wypadku kopiuj wklej klasykow lat 80 z hameryki, orginalne samplowanie nie tak bardzo boom bapowe jak w hameryce, a o wiele delikatniejsze i jazzowe, bo troche samplowanych kawalkow francuzkich i angielskich artystow, beaty sa autorstwa Jimmy Jaya i duetu Cassius, ciezko oceniac rapowy album bez odniesienia sie do kontentu lirycznego, a jako ze francuzkie liryki, translacji jakosciowych brak, to pozostaja jedynie domysly czy slyszane rymy niosa w sobie cos wartego uwagi, wiec na plejke wrzuce jedynie tytulowy traczek, a album ocenie srednio, bo sluchalo sie go dobrze, z niewielkimi wyjatkami jak reggowy traczek, ale raczej rowne i czilerskie 52 minuty krazka

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3

Great from what I listened to. I like the beats.

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If Young MC sang in a foreign language, this album would be him.

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3

Pretty smooth and enjoyable, some digable planets and tribe vibes.

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3

French rap... Who knew? Softer than urban American rap. If I understood the words I could learn to like it more

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I suppose there is nothing necessarily about Hip Hop that requires you to be tough. But, it does at least seem generally expected. There is ... nothing... tough about French. No matter how badass you might be, you sound like you're picking flowers and painting landscapes. It's impossible to be intimidating. Musically this was solid for a rap album. Production was great, it sounded nice. But it's french rap. I'm sorry. Hard ceiling. 3-stars.

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90's french hip hop with crossover appeal into Africa. Super cool and smooth beats with an MC who can do them justice. Even if I don't understand the lyrics, I can appreciate the personality that MC Solaar brings to the table. I wish it were a bit shorter though.

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Smooth vocals with some fine beats. I never cease to be amazed by how many people dismiss a musician just because they don’t understand the lyrics. I guess these ppl also don’t listen to any instrumental music or watch films with subtitles either. Their loss.

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An album of rapping in French made it to the 1001. Who knew? I don't understand the lyrics but I doubt they are a translation of "bitch", "ho" and the N word. It sounds a tad more sophisticated. There is also a jazzy sound to some of the songs that makes it cool and and Ragga Jam sounds like Eek-A-Mouse. Remember him? This is enough to get it to at least a 3.

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This was a bit of fun. Only understood a few words here and there but that's ok. A bit long at almost an hour, a bit samey as well, but not an unpleasant listen. 3/5.

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Very pleasant French hip-hop, you hardly notice that you have listened to a complete album. (6/10) FT: Caroline

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Fav song: Que seme le vent recolte le tempo

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3

Pleasant to listen to.

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3

This was kinda fun! I liked a lot of it, it had some good rhythms and beats and was just nice to listen to.

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3

Quite enjoyable. Although i couldn’t understand what he was saying (but, given the pleasant tones, it probably wasn’t about shoving a Glock in some dudes face and/or aggressively having sex) the beats where solid.

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3

Thought it was kind of cool at first, but then it seemed to go on forever, long after I was sick of it.

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If yoy take away the French, this is my preferred style of rap: a pleasant voice with some upbeat, funky backing music.

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3.7 - When I was studying abroad in Paris in 2000, this fusion of jazz and rap was still very much in vogue at the jazz venues, which is probably a testament to the influence and staying power of this album. It sounds like "The Low End Theory" with a softer and more funk-forward feel. Standouts: "Quartier Nord", "Ragga Jam."

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Mike Ladd est le fils de Robert Dimery.

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I can understand including this as an essential listen for what kickstarts the popularity of rap music in France. I do like the boom bap beeps and MC Solaar as an rapper sounds really good on the mic and has nice flows. Like many English speakers, I do not understand what's being said and feel like translating it will remove many play on words and rhyming schemes. As such, I can't rate than higher than a 3.

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Yeah I could get into this. Three and a half really.

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Neutral eating, probably not bad, but I don't know french

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Fun hip hop, very 90s feel there should be big neon words flashing up accompanying the video

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Smooth, funky, sophisticated in both flow and production. Exquisite sample choice. This has dated really well (although I suspect the French rapping covers any lyrical deficiencies). Pleasant and laid back without being wallpaper. I regularly play the 12" of the title track in my DJ sets, and the album stands up similarly well, with the exception of Ragga Jam, which is the fly in the ointment of this album.

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Pleasant to listen to - the rhythm of the words was very soothing

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Smooth, but my French isn't up to the task.

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I like the name. Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo. Makes me think im getting french jazz. so far so good.hes very straight but im sure he's good? maybe not for me though. 3?

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3/5 Enjoyable record. Don't understand a lick of French which makes reviewing It harder but the flow sounded good and the beats were pretty smooth, good feelings. Favourite track Victime de la mode.

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3

Nice....wish I spoke french

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This was a very interesting listen. I did find myself enjoying it, but there's something about foreign rap that just doesn't really do it for me. Not understanding anything being said certainly contributes. That being said, it's still high quality and I can't justify anything lower than 3 stars.

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Had never heard of this but pleasantly surprised. The title track is great and reminds me of Gang Starr. Most of the tracks throughout the middle just didn't do anything for me -- I'm sure the fact that I don't understand French is a big factor there. Bouge de la - Part 1 has some interesting flows but Part 2 is over pretty much the same beat and really drags. The two closing tracks are refreshingly good though. 71/100 gecs

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Estuvo simpático. Por supuesto no entiendo nada de lo que dice y, si creemos al resto de los usuarios, el flow es bastante bueno, aunque no sabría cómo juzgar eso. Lo último que me queda es la melodía y los beats, y estos dos sí puedo apreciar. Hay temas pegajosos y beats hipnóticos a lo largo del disco. En todo caso, y como casi siempre me pasa con el hip-hop, encuentro que el disco se sobreextiende

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3

Not bad..pretty boring though

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A lot cooler than I expected. It was very fun. I don't love hip-hop so it isn't that much of my thing. If I knew how to speak french it might be more interesting.

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3

Sorry I am dumb American

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This was nice to see a French artist, they were pretty solid too

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3

Funky French good time

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Cool french rap music with chill vibes.

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Para olvidar

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La verdad que no es mucho mi estilo y por eso realmente no le di bola. Están buenas las canciones y tiene buenos samples, pero no entiendo una goma de francés y quizás por eso, al ser rap, no pude darle el valor que debe merecer este disco.

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Good flow, fun beats, but lyricism is important to me and Im a dumb American who speaks one language. This is probably better music than my rating but its on how much I enjoyed it.

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French just adds another layer of difficulty for me to fully enjoy this.

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French rap

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Opzich wel grappig wat jazzig franse rap, maar niet helemaal mn ding

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2.25

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Couldn’t vibe with it, maybe slightly too erratic

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Erm - beats that take me back to being obsessed with Acid Jazz, but four tracks in and I've lost interest. Other people did this better, regardless of the language they rapped in

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Morno.

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Not a fan

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French hip hop has never been my thing ngl

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This just isn't for me. Acid jazzy beats meets french 90s hip-hop. On paper it's right up my alley but for some reason I found it to be unremarkable overall. Nothing grabbed me and I was mostly just waiting for each track to end rather than being engaged by the music.

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Whatever. French rap that's too long and too forgettable. I'm sure he's spitting straight facts though.

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Feels like a bit of a token 1990s French rap inclusion. Am sure there's probably something a lot better from this era/genre that could could have been included.

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i like when London got a shout out. 40/100 gecs

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meh

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Didn't resonate with me. Maybe with time I'll get it, but for now it's just eh... 2/5

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Bir fransizca hip hop dinlemedigimiz kalmisti

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????????

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It’s a French rap album and I don’t speak French. Kinda hard to judge fairly. 1.0/10

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Never heard of the Artist or any of their songs before. Apparently no songs on this album have many listens at all so surprised this album made it into this list. Definitely not sure this album is my cup of tea, it's mostly upbeat French hip-hop and it sounds fine but doesn't do much for me - I feel Hip Hop loses a lot of it's impact for me when you can't understand the language unfortunately, It's probably fine for a song or two but not a whole album.

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I just found this pretty forgettable. I can't remember anything about it after listening to it aside from the fact that it was in French.

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No.

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I love plenty of non-Anglophone music, but my enjoyment of rap is so yoked to its verbal pleasures that this is, in the nicest way possible, very likely a waste of time. Especially when the only thing that's in a language I do understand is the third rate lounge rap beats.

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unga bunga

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