Le Jouage X Erzatz

Le Jouage, Erzatz, SIx Pack
Le Jouage, Erzatz, Six Pack

LE JOUAGE

An emcee like so many others will you tell me? Well, think again! Le Jouage, an activist in the hip hop galaxy since 1995, breaks free from current codes, not in bling bling or in the mainstream because his personality revolves around a very specific concept: Nonchalance. As he usually mentions in his lyrics, more than a word, an identity that is unique to him both in his flow and in his productions.
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The rapper also knows how to turn into a formidable beatmaker. Syncopated productions of dark-looking loops. There you have a rough diamond! So well, that his nuggets were quick to reach the ears of many MCs eager to collaborate with him, which in fact gives him a heterogeneous discography as long as an arm:
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Between 1996 and 1999, he was a member of L’Unité, a collective of rappers from Paris and Vitry. There he met Grem’s with whom he gave birth to the duo Hustla. He also collaborates with James “Ramess” Delleck and, from this duo called Gravité Zéro, two albums will emerge. In 2009, Le Jouage released its first real solo project called Ma Type Tape. 2012 was a fruitful year, he released the album Fort element as well as an album with James Delleck. In 2018, he released A la croisée des chemins and met Erzatz during the mixing of the album.
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ERZATZ

Erzatz, whose real name is Céline Frezza, is one of the few women to have made a name for herself in the world of hip hop producers. Artistic Director of the independent label Jarring Effects, she is also, since 2002, sound engineer at Rumble Inn (formerly JFX Studio). Active in the hip hop world for over 15 years, Erzatz’s reputation is well established.
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It all started in 2005, when she signed a collaboration with Fisto, member of La Cinquième Kolonne. She then released an EP called Vagina Rush with her collective and rappers K-thei ??? (rapper from Mush Records, then Big Dada) as well as Ben Sharpa (major figure and pioneer of South African rap). About forty dates followed all over Europe, including the Elysée Montmartre, opening act for Le Peuple de L’Herbe. She continues to team up with rappers from the American abstract scene doing a feat with Bleubird, the Anticon rapper.
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In 2017, she unveiled Meïan, her third album in collaboration with Takeshi Yoshimura. Erzatz then made his dream come true by inviting Mr. Sayyid from Antipop Consortium to feature on the track Don’t Make Me Hide.
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On the Jarring Effects side, she takes care of the entire sound part of the World Wide Effects documentary series which aims to be portraits of the world with a social, urban and musical dimension. From New Orleans to Bogotá via Cape Town or Detroit, she travels the world to record the voices of extraordinary rappers.
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As a sound engineer, Erzatz has signed the mix for many rap albums. One of her last encounters was Grems, where she mixed the last two albums Muses & hommes and Sans Titre # 7. It was through this that she met Le Jouage.

SIX PACK

In 2019, at Galant Records, we initiated a series of meetings between beatmakers and rappers. From these encounters were born the Seeds, a collection of unreleased singles. It is in this context that the artists Le Jouage and Erzatz collaborate for the first time around an explosive single: Fustige. In the meantime, some of these seeds have sprouted, the urge to start germinating again with the aim of exploring new common horizons.
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In 2020, the two artists are going into the deep end with the creation of a 6-track EP called Six Pack. Six pack like well designed abdominals but also like a pack of 6 beers. And it is this possible double interpretation that the EP will speak.
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Indeed, as this title shows us, the same word can evoke two completely different things. Reality can take many forms depending on our moods, our history, our projections and representations. All this defines and influences our vision of reality, our reception of discourse.
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Le Jouage and Ezatz ask themselves: Is it possible to adjust our realities? How do we speak our truth so that the other understands it? How much distortion does the shift from broadcast to receive speech involve? To illustrate this point, the two artists decided to create the pieces mirrored, like two sides of the same coin. The idea is to offer two songs on a single theme and therefore treated from two points of view.