At a time when the broadcasts want us to believe that hip-hop is dead, while the national radios only promote “autotuned” songs, whose only ambition is to make clubbers dance in the discos of the country for the time of a summer, some MC’s resist, persist to keep the real rap alive , the one which Biggie Smalls was singing on Fulton Street in 1989. Freestyle, words, puchlines, an especially impressive flow on simple, groovy instrumentals without frills. Among these men of the shadow, 1995, five rappers and a dj/beatmaker, respectively Sneazzy, Flav ‘Nekfeu, Areno, Alpha and DJ Lo’ rekindle the fire of nostalgics like me. They bring us a pure hip hop, cool, underground, away from the bling bling and with a smell of weed and montana hardcore. Educated by Open mic’s and clashs , they made themselves a name by setting the mood . The web took care of the rest of the country with songs that reach one million views on youtube. Meet a crew without fuss, that certainly will be talked about for years.
Jacker / Hi guys, tonight was your concert in Lyon. So, how is that first tour? In fact as can be seen, Nekfeu seems to have broken his wrist ?
Sneazzy / Right, it was in Bordeaux, it happened by slapping a guy who told him he would look like Justin Bieber.
Nekfeu / Don’t believe what this guy is telling you, he is a liar !
Sneazzy / Ok, the tour is very hot, it is the seventh time I think, Lyon was hot tonight, all cities in France were amazing, Metz, La Rochelle, Limoges, Bordeaux Tour. We’re here, it’s nice to see that there is support in France.
Jacker / With all your respective crews we are a little lost, the Entourage, POS, S crew and 5 majeurs, who is part of what and how did you meet ?
Alpha Wann / Okay, first we will start the presentations, “5 Majeurs” is a group, it is a project created by Nekfeu with guys from the West : Quimper, Rennes, Nantes, all that kind of bermuda triangle. The “S crew” ‘is Nekfeus childhood group with Mekhra, Malfrat, Morpion and 2-zer Washington. The POS, that is ... What is the POS ? It is more than a crew, it’s too complicated to explain! It’s us, but it goes further, this dates back to times of open-mic when we did our young parisian hiphopeurs stuff. I was in high school with Sneazzy and Nekfeu, and we came together ‘cause we like rap, we sung together ... One day I was on Myspace, Jazzy bazz had left a message on the wall of a dude, I went on his profile, I saw Fonky Flav, I have found that the name sounded good, I listened, I have seen that he was hot. Yes yes that is true Flav’ , I never told ya but that is thanks to Jazzy Bazz that you’ re here (laughs). We continued on Open- mics together and became so hot that we created a project. So that is what became in “The Source”, and after Fonky flav’, we met Dj Lo. Dj Lo who is not DJ .. he is the beatmaker. And so here we made the project “The Source” which was released on June 26. Go buy it, don’t download it, that’s not right ... (Nek the Fenek whisperring: Sneaky !) or if you do, download it on itunes. Some time ago Nekfeu and myself released an EP that ‘s called “En sous-marin” free on ensousmarin. fr , you go on ensousmarin in facebook. Sneazzy is giving out some sounds of his tape , “nothing,” a lot of people talk about it, there are a lot of discussions. Areno Jazz prepares some good shit, a maxi, something hot, something super hot.
Jacker / The Year 1995 was a vintage year in the hip hop world. Do you think that a return on the sounds of the past is the key to your success ? Was rap better before ?
Sneazzy / Rap is good, there is no “ it was better before”. It has always existed, good bap has always existed, whether in 2007, 2006 or 2000. And we are here nowadays, we make our own sound, no oldschool, no new school, simply 220.127.116.11, it means that we all mix our stuff, we all have different influences.
Fonky Flav’ / It’s not a come back of good rap, it’s just a better media coverage of a certain type of rap, that was not so much put forward by the medias, you know...
Nekfeu / And the media coverage was made possible by Fonky Flav’, make noise for Fonky Flav’!!!! ( laughs)
Jacker / Do you think that nowadays, you don’t have to be in video clips on TV to get known ? Basically, do you think that Underground Rap has a bright future thanks to the web ?
Areno / I’m Ok to say that clips have always existed, like uh, to communicate, it’s just the internet that has revolutionized it. The thing is, you can spread your own art. And concerning the rap underground, yeah, I must say that the fact that there is more communication about it is something good. And it’s cool to see that there are magazines supposedly specialized in rap or so, who finally talk about rap... That’s pleasure !
Fonky Flav’ / IIt’s clear that today, without the clips, I think that it’s kind of hot to rise... That’s why we have created our youtube channel, subscribe to it : www.youtube.com/the1995posse.
Jacker / You have done a lot of fresstyle videos and open mics. How did it work creating the EP in studio ? The work is still quite different.
Alpha Wann / Yeah there was a time when we did all the Open mics in Paris as well as elsewhere around. So, after a while, when you have done all the open mics, the freestyles, you are known by the people of the move, underground, you pass to something else, because in the career of an MC, doing a project is the most logical thing in the world. We decided to make two Eps, a first, then a second...
Fonky Flav’ / We have done big Eps, even if there are less than seven titles.
Sneazzy / Sometimes I make big EPs ( farts) at the hotel, or when we are together in the car.
Nekfeu / Yeah, and it stinks seriously !
Jacker / What is in preparation, some solo albums, what do you plan after this tour ?
Sneazzy / The tour is not over yet, it continues until December 18th , maybe later if other dates will be organized. Meanwhile, we often go back to Paris, so there is time to record, we are working on the second maxi of 18.104.22.168, which should come out in January or February. Alpla, Nekfeu, Areno Jazz, Dj Lo and myself produce solo projects, which will come out between the first and second EP albums, late 2012. So in the Spring, you’ll have a lot of solo stuff from 22.214.171.124.