God's Gift to French Rap

rapBack in November, the Alsatian ‘slammeur’ Abd Al Malik released Dante, the much anticipated follow-up to his award-winning sophomore album Gibraltar. That album, released in 2006, with its often minimal and intriguing instrumentation took French rap to a whole new level, integrating jazz, African rhythms, hip-hop and classic French chanson. While French hip-hop has all too often been disappointingly quick in taking the majority of its influences from across the Atlantic, Malik’s fresh approach sent the homegrown rap scene hurtling in an entirely new direction.

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