Let’s revisit the French rap scene today; we’ve been away for too long. We’re back just in time to catch Kery James’ new video for ‘J’suis pas un héros’, a single off his most recent release ‘Mouhammad Alix‘. Kery James was born 38 years ago in Guadeloupe to parents from Haiti but moved to France at the age of seven. In 1992 he began making his mark on the music scene and was noticed by French hip hop great MC Solaar when he was just 10. Since then he has gone on to evolve into an MC in his own right, releasing seven solo albums that have been received well in France and other parts of French-speaking Europe. His 2013 full-length ‘Dernier MC‘ peaked at number 3 on the French charts but Mouhammad Alix, released this September 30, is set to surpass that LP.
J’suis pas un héros is the last of the 16 songs on Kery’s latest album and is a powerful closer by any measure or standard. The title translates into ‘I’m no hero’ and in the verses that follow the rapper goes on to explain the inspiration for what he does. He’s a simple black poet with no claims to celebrity, one who made a choice and paid the price to propagate his ideals, being the voice of the voiceless. Among the voiceless is the Muslim community of which he is part, standing against their victimization for the senseless actions of a tiny minority. To make sure he has your full attention Kery James has limited the instrumentation to little more than a handful of piano strokes, mellow strings and dampened drum kicks.
The reflective words are given a matching mood by the majestic shots in the J’suis pas un héros video. The camera pans across imposing cliffs against which the ocean tide quietly washes. In between extreme close-ups of Kery we’re treated to spectacular aerial shots of the beachside.
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