DashFUN met Olivier Cachin, music journalist and biographer of NTM, to review the true and false of the film “Suprêmes” and of course, talk about one of the most famous groups of French rap.
This article contains SPOILERS regarding the movie “Supremes”, currently in theaters.
While Suprêmes d’Audrey Estrougo worn by Théo Christine (JoeyStarr) and Sandor Funtek (Kool Shen) was released in theaters on Wednesday, we interviewed Olivier Cachin, music journalist and biographer of NTM among others, to do a little “fact-” checking “and compare the film’s story with reality.
DashFUN: You know the NTMs since their beginnings, before getting to the heart of the matter, when you are told “Supreme NTM”, what is the first memory that comes to you?
Olivier Cachin: For me, the first memory concerning Suprême NTM is when with the Rapline show, I go to Saint-Denis to shoot what I believe to be our music video. I rap (which was their song on the Rapattitude compilation) and where when I arrive, they say “no, in fact we are going to shoot another song that we have just done called The power“, which is going to be one of the hardcore tracks featured on their debut Maxi The World of tomorrow.
And there I see all the posse 93 NTM, that is to say Kool Shen and JoeyStarr, the DJ S, Chi NO, Reak (…) and I get to know what will become the most powerful collective in hardcore rap at a time when rap French is just beginning to exist and is already despised – although it does not yet exist in the media – with incredible power.
It surprised me by the way, because it was the music that, along with rock, carried the most exciting stuff, both in terms of what they said in the lyrics and what the actors were experiencing. music.
You who are a specialist in the group, how did you find the film?
I found it to be great for several reasons. So of course there are a few liberties taken with the timeline and some anecdotes, but overall that’s the real story. And above all, the incarnation of Didier Morville and Bruno Lopez (JoeyStarr and Kool Shen), she is extraordinary.
As for Sandor Funtek, we have the impression that he ate Kool Shen (…) and for Théo Christine, it’s different because at the beginning we say to ourselves “it’s not exactly JoeyStarr “, he didn’t ape him, he didn’t pick up the big, rocky voice, but what he did was very loud.
[Notamment] in the two really strong scenes with his dad, there’s a scene where he’s glued to his dad screaming, and that’s the kind of scene that, if it doesn’t work, makes you laugh out loud. And there, I saw the film again at the Grand Rex for the big preview, and the room was silent, we felt that there was something going on. He really had a way of playing the character that was super effective.
The fans wondered in particular if they would manage to capture the animality that NTM can release on stage. You who have seen them a lot in concert, how do you see these sequences?
They are very successful. You have to see that the film really covers the early years of NTM, so it’s totally messy, it stops at the Zénith of 92 which is kind of their first peak, there will be many more, but all concert scenes that we see in the vacant lot lit with cars because the official concert was banned by the town hall, the Confort Moderne in Poitiers where they are in front of dog punks, are super well seen. We feel the power of the group and there is also a sense of humor – because these are also moments of defeat – because they are in completely incredible conditions (…).
You mentioned the film’s fidelity to reality, I offer you a little “fact-checking” moment with four emblematic scenes from Supremes and NTM. I let you comment on them as you want, here they are:
- Kool Shen and JoeyStarr writing their first text together, one helping the other, movie scene or true story?
It’s more of a movie scene because notoriously – and they both confirmed it throughout their careers – they never wrote together, that’s the incredible thing about NTM. It has always been an improbable thing where everyone wrote something on their own and then when they got together, most often in the studio, it stuck and it came together. But the “writing together like two friends who pass the buck” side, it may have happened once or twice at the very beginning, but it’s still more the cinematic vision to show a friendship that …