Faf Larage

C'est Ma Cause

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More than any other internationally reaching genre, rap usually has the hardest time escaping the American ideal of the genre. But a generation of French rappers were making excellent hip-hop around the turn of the century, and Faf Larage is one of the best examples. Combining the rugged rapping style of the American East Coast and combining it with original, menacing beats, the end result is a distinctly French excursion in hip-hop. The music is flawlessly produced, from the subtle piano notes that sometimes ring out in the background to the Gang Starr-inspired vocal production. Altogether, this is a resounding success that proves that great hip-hop doesn't have to be based in America; it can come from any part of the world that shares the same experiences and lifestyles.

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