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While comfortably rich rap moguls make watered down statements and use expensive music video directors to tap into an anarchist image for style points, Le Peuple de L’Herbe do it with less budget and more heart.
“Parler le Fracas” is more powerful than the weakly political video for “No Church in the Wild” by Jay-Z and Kanye West, because Le Peuple de L’Herbe actually believe in the message they’re sending. Their violent sincerity seems effortless, and that’s why we take it more seriously.
Hip hop is huge in France, and so is liberty. Turn your attention to the heavily rap influenced film “La Haine” (“The Hate”–from the phrase “Hatred breeds hatred.”) The well lauded film gave 1995 world audiences a feel for the explosive relationship that the socially abused, disenfranchised poor citizens of the banlieues (housing projects) had with the riot police of early 90s Paris.
Then watch a few minutes of “Parler le Fracas” (“Talk about the crash”) by Le Peuple de l’Herbe (The People of the Herb) and you’ll see that the rage of the working class is still present. A few of France’s most talented, impassioned artists went into this entertainingly rebellious statement. Meanwhile, if you’ve been watching any world news, you’ll agree that 2012’s climate of unrest is strangely ready for the kind of uprising caricatured here.
Don’t mistake this video for creative fluff. History’s biggest movements were started with political cartoons and propaganda illustrations. The ideas in “le Fracas” come from an infuriation with government authority and its nature to systematically abuse its power. And if we’ve learned anything from Paris’ history of riots and revolt, we should know that the French are always ready for revolution.
Enjoy the gore.