Saian Supa Crew
Saïan Supa Crew was a French rap collective composed of three groups: Explicit Samouraï, OFX and Simple Spirit. It formed in 1997 and separated in 2007 after the departure of one of its leaders (along with Feniksi), Leeroy Kesiah. The name 'Saïan Supa' was a reference to the Super Saiyan from the manga and anime Dragon Ball Z/GT. Saïan Supa Crew produced a very musical style of rap with hints of chanting, reggae, dancehall, zouk and ragga. Beat boxing also was an integral part of their music, as well as classic disco, for example, "Ring My Bell" was partially revisited on their album KLR; bossa nova, as heard on the song KLR, salsa, in À Demi Nue, and even bits of classical music, in La Preuve par 3 and intros of various other songs. The variety and originality of their music, and their energic style brought them international recognition. In their home country, the song Angela was a huge hit in 2000 and sold 600,000 copies. Their primary themes extend from drug problems ("Que Dit-On?") to racism ("La Preuve par 3"), including also relationships ("À Demi Nue"), suicide ("La Dernière Séance") and the justification of violence by religion ("Au Nom de Quoi"). Humor and seriousness were both at home in their lyrics. Their second album, X-raisons, was awarded a Victoire de la musique in 2002 for Best Rap/Groove Album. Most of the groups of the collective have solo albums out as well. OFX was the first to debut, with their album Roots in February 2004, followed shortly by Explicit Samouraï in January 2005 and later by Sir Samuël Vizé pli ô, whose solo album was released in April 2005. The last album from the Saïan Supa Crew, Hold Up, was released Halloween 2005. On this album, the group demonstrated their breadth with three featured artists: German singer Patrice on "96 Degreez," the singer Camille on "Si J'avais Su," and will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas on "La Patte." They also contributed a short rap section on the song Flight Tonight by The Avalanches, which appears on their debut album, Since I Left You.