Abd Al Malik

Gibraltar / LE LABEL - [PIAS]

Abd Al Malik

A French rapper of Congolese origin, Abd Al Malik sought inspiration far beyond the hip-hop universe, embracing elements of blues, jazz and slam poetry. His texts, surprising in their philosophical dimension, are often used to defend his deeply rooted Muslim faith. He first attracted attention in the late 1990s when he was head of the New African Poets (NAP), a rap collective inspired by the pioneering jazz-funk of Gil Scott-Heron and The Last Poets. His solo career began in 2004 with Le Face à face des cœurs, followed by Gibraltar in 2006. This album allowed Malik to win the coveted Prix Constantin. by Jason Ankeny