Saian Supa Crew - X Raisons (2001)

Saian Supa Crew - X Raisons - Review

X Raisons is an exuberant, joyous second album from the Parisian rap crew that mix hip-hop, reggae and north (Zouk and Rai) and western African influences. Formed in the late 90s the six-man multicultural group integrate the old and the new of hip-hop, slotting classic beatbox alongside production that rumbles somewhere between the Wu Tang Clan and the Fugees. "Soldat 1" (Soldier 1) even uses a slight touch of Dr Dre's "The Next Episode" as its hook. This is a bold, ambitious album. Saian operate without musical restrictions, unafraid to sing, shout or switch tempos, best exemplified by the grandiose power play of "Maladie", the twinkley piano-led "Du 14 02 2002", the chanson swing of "A Demi Nue" (the half nude), the African chants of "Mohammed et Sebastien" and the quasi Miami bass of "A cow'mow (Hami sow bo)". The Jimi Hendrix beat box insert is also hilarious. X Raisons is a playful, cheeky album that neatly contrasts the heavyweight output of contemporaries such as IAM and Busta Flex. Clearly the French language proves a barrier to non-French speakers and Saian Supa Crew make little lyrical effort to appeal to an international audience. But this is a strength and not a weakness--X Raisons might not be so interesting if it were trying to capture the massive English speaking hip-hop market. However, the group are to release an international album next year and have already recorded a track with the UK's Roots Manuva.

Saian Supa Crew - X Raisons - Tracklist

1. Intro
2. Ils Etaient Une Fois
3. 19 20 Ans
4. Polices
5. Maladie
6. Interlude
7. Du 14 02 2002
8. Voodoo Chile
9. J'Entends Dire
10. La Derniere Seance
11. Au Nom De Quoi
12. Soldat 1
13. Soldat 2
14. A Demi Nue
15. Mohammed Et Sebastien
16. J'Avais
17. Tourner La Page
18. Mitaw Tao
19. A Co'Mow
20. Le Chanteur Fou
21. X Raisons

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