By far the most musically accomplished rap group out of France by any criteria you’d like to throw at us, Marseille’s IAM (Akhenaton, Shurik’n, Freeman, Khéops, Imhotep) were killing it in the ’90s (‘Bad Boys De Marseille’, ‘Le Monde Est A Moi’ and ‘Dans Le Marecage’ – technically Bambi Cruz’s track but IAM members outnumber Bambi and Faf Larage, plus it’s too good to omit, ya dig? – and especially the entire length of their spellbinding ‘L’Ecole Du Micro D’Argent’ LP).
But even as recently as 2007, with their richly produced ‘Saison 5’ LP, they’ve been giving us rap francophiles a hell of a lot to stay smug about.
Here’s a few highlights (including, firstly, surely the most powerful mixtape intro OAT), we can only hope their absence for the last year or so means that they’re concocting another dime for the ’09!
IAM – ‘Intro Du Mordor’ from ‘IAM Present Official Mixtape (Mixed by Kheops & Cut Killer)’[audio:01-va-intro_du_mordor.mp3|titles=Intro Du Mordor|artists=IAM]
All from IAM – ‘Saison 5’[audio:
02-iam-une_autre_brique.mp3|titles=Une Autre Brique|artists=IAM] [audio:
10-iam-rap_de_droite.mp3|titles=Rap De Droite|artists=IAM] [audio:17-iam-united.mp3|titles=United|artists=IAM]