ABD Stories

A Rap History of the “Other” in France (1981–2012)

Episode Summary

Paroma Ghose defended her PhD thesis in June 2020. In this first episode, she tells us about how she studied the lyrics of songs by rappers in France between 1981 and 2012, in order to write a history of the “Other”, or what she termed the “Fifth Estate”, in France. (NB: Samples of music of La Haine, Youssoupha, Sexion d'Assaut, Inspecteur Disiz, IAM, NTM, Bigflo and Oli are from Youtube, and intended for academic purpose).