Return on the causes of the separation of the group NTM and on their career after the events of their youth recounted in the film “Suprêmes”, currently in the rooms.
The film Suprêmes, which traces the early years of the rap group NTM, ends with a legendary concert for fans: the Zénith on January 24, 1992. Olivier Cachin, music journalist and biographer of NTM, was in the room and remembers:
This is a historic moment for several reasons. This is the first time that a French rap group has invested in such an important stage: 6000 people (…) and also because a concert lasts 1h30, 1h40 minimum, and here we are facing a group that barely has an album, just released a few months ago.
To meet the challenge, Kool Shen will therefore take matters in hand: “he tried to succeed in making a real show with … ten songs. So the break DJ, the dancers, find new sequences, run the songs in an efficient way and make sure that the public Get its money’s worth, I was there and I can tell you that in terms of scenography (…), it was incredible for a group which a few months before was still in dilettante “.
“You have to give back to Kool Shen what is in Kool Shen, he’s the one who has this obsession with perfection, to do something that holds up, and he gets there with work, with hours and hours to go. repeat, to take the lead because he is very anxious and to finalize this impressive scenography and this intro with Excalibur! “
“Police, brain brain machine”
After this Zenith, NTM is already an essential rap group. A little more than a year passes then, before it comes out 1993 … I pull the trigger, the band’s second album. One finds there in particular the “anti-cop” firebrand Police, social questioning Who will pay for the damage? and the subject of suicide with I pull the trigger, but the album does not meet the expected success. it will not become cult until 1997, the date of its reissue.
Two years go by, punctuated by a performance at the Palais des sports and a duet with Raggasonic on their title Sharp as a blade, before the release of a new album: Paris under the bombs, in 1995. Exit DJ S, the group’s historic DJ for “lack of productivity” (according to Kool Shen in Supreme NTM by Olivier Cachin) and welcome several composers including former members of the Assassin collective.
“Take us a little more, a little more seriously”
This third album is carried by several singles that have become classics, including What are we waiting for, call for insurrection against state repression and a society that despises suburban minorities. The title recalls – intentionally or not – What are we waiting for to be happy by Ray Ventura, released in 1938. Another era, another atmosphere!
Also included is a single loved by most fans and Kool Shen: Fever. The title will often be absent from the group’s returns on stage because JoeyStarr will oppose it, recalling that the title was born as a challenge to make a song that could go on the radio, nothing more. It will indeed go around the airwaves, becoming the first “mainstream” success of NTM.
Finally, the album allows itself Everything is not so easy, title revisiting the origins of French hip-hop and the beginnings of the group, including the confusion between its two main stars: “There was no rule, no law / No especially no contract / No problems between you and me / Everything was clear, from goal to way”. The album contains other legendary titles such as Paris under the bombs (of paint!) or the light Pass pass the oinj.
“But today I’m afraid, because the clock has turned, has turned …”
1998 is a great year for French rap, because a number of legendary albums were indeed released during this period. In February, Kool Shen adds a producer cap for the debut album of Busta Flex, rapper he meets in the halls of the Sony label. There is a “prod” signed JoeyStarr as well as a featuring with NTM and two months later comes out Supreme NTM, the band’s new (and last) studio album.
Cult from its first second to its last, the disc contains a multitude of flagship titles such as Back in the bins, Do not let your son hang, That’s My People Where Seine-Saint-Denis Style. The huge carton will be My Benz, in duet with Lord Kossity, who will flood the radios barely a month before their concert at the Zénith, of which Busta Flex and Zoxea provide the first part.
“You little man, the dark part of the Nique Your Mother? Stop or I meet!”
Two singles from this album were released in 1999, …