France has always been a hotbed for dope jazzy hip-hop, from early Oxmo Puccino to Hocus Pocus. The French beatmakers have taken Boom Bap to another level. I feel that North American hip-hop is moving away from the Golden Era sound and that has left a void for the European beatsmiths to put their own touches on the distinctive sound. Dee La Kream out of Paris, France just dropped his first album, The Way of Life and it is a heater. The album just oozes boom bap and smooth jazz samples over dope drum arrangements which create these silky dreamy soundscapes. Dee La Kream was able to recruit an illustrious roster to feature on the album which includes the Gift of Gab, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and many more. Go Cop this album!!!
One of my favourite things about French Hiphop is how smooth it is, the language and wordplay just flows effortlessly and it is gentle on the ears. Espiiem, the Parisian emcee, is the personification of smooth French Hiphop, he just released his new album Noblesse Oblige and it is a real gem. The new album is one of the most complete albums I have heard in a long time, it has it all from RnB hooks, jazzy samples to hard bangin beats. Espiiem’s talent shines on every track with his unbelievable mic control, in seconds he can rapidly deliver a few verses and then on a dime automatically slow it down while fluidly flowing over different arrangements. Noblesse Oblige is in my top ten albums of the year, don’t sleep and cop this album!