Culture, Foreign

Piaf, Movin,’ Lookin’ Down

France, it’s often remarked, is a bastion of haute-culture. Culturally speaking, it’s known to have nonporous borders that have been, if not entirely impervious, but definitely, resistant to outside influences.

Once an originator—not a borrower—of fads and fashions as far back as the 18th century, today, it’s is soaking up American hip-hop like a sponge.

Now, France has a thriving rap culture that rivals America’s.

Many consider France to be the most happening hip-hop scene after America.

In 2008, France won the world DJ-ing championship, a discipline that involves scratching and mixing tracks on two turntables, beating America into second place.

French breakdancers have won three of the past ten world championships. Over the past 25 years, French rappers have drawn on their banlieue culture to devise their own form of rap.

So, how did American mass music—rap and hip-hop, no less—make inroads in the land of Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Maurice Ravel, and Claude Debussy?

h/t: THE ECONOMIST

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s