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Rime Organisé has been around for 2 years and it hasn’t taken them long to get noticed. The 4 guys from Côte-Des-Neiges recently won the Hip Hop 4ever competition and can be seen at venues all over the city. Montreal-Clubs.com caught up with two of their members, Manu (M) and Stan (S), and here is what they had to say.
What does Hip Hop mean for you?
S: Well, Hip Hop comes from the US…from the ghettos you know. It’s a way people communicate – a way people tell their story. It gave a voice to the underprivileged.
M: Actually, I have a somewhat different view. For me, Hip-Hop originated at a much earlier time. Somebody banging on the Tam Tams while telling a story, those are Hip-Hop’s historic roots. Back in the days when people where sitting around the fire, telling stories to the beat of drums, that was the origin of Hip-Hop.
What do you think of Montreal’s Hip Hop scene?
M: Too many imitators and not enough innovators. I’m not lying when I say that 90 percent of Montreal MCs are whack. I don’t want to give any of them publicity by mentioning their names, but they know who they are. You shouldn’t try to be something that you’re not. You’re from Montreal, not Queens, or whatever, so talk about your reality, “Montréalité”, not something else. Me, I’m from Côte-Des-Neiges and that’s what I try to represent.
What did you take from the Montreal Hip Hop scene?
M: Up until now, we really didn’t take anything.
What did you give back?
M: We are presenting a new approach. We are doing our thing, our way. Our group is made up of different cultures and we try to incorporate all the multicultural aspects of the city and making it work. Also, we never sugar-coat anything – we tell it like we see it. Our own style is what we give back.
What about Hip Hop 4Ever?
M: It helped us a lot. I know that a lot of people say that talent competitions are not “real”, but so what, if it helps you to get your name out. We were actually really surprised that we won. We just went out there and spit our stuff uncensored, so we weren’t expecting the judges to choose us.
S: Yeah, the win came to us as a surprise. We were just doing our stuff and it worked. We had a good experience, so we wouldn’t mind participating in other competitions in the future.
M: Plus we realized the importance of concerts…we want to start having a lot more of our concerts. So make sure to look out for us.
If you would like to know more about Rime Organisé, check out www.Lunetz.com
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