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The Raccoon Prophecy | The Press

The Raccoon Prophecy | The Press
The Raccoon Prophecy | The Press

After two albums, including one ironically titled Nice for a black manRaccoon is back on disc. The 2020-2021 Radio-Canada Revelation presents C00N: the prophecy, this Thursday at the Ministry. Portrait of the Montreal rapper.

Posted at 6:00 a.m.

Samuel Daigle-Garneau

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Last year, we saw him go to the final of The end of the weak, rap competition at Télé-Québec, which ultimately does not return for a third season. We also heard it on Loud’s most recent album. A notable fact since the author of All women know how to dance don’t collaborate with anyone.

On the other hand, Raccoon gives rap writing workshops to young people. He handles the verb in several ways: he is a lover of French-speaking literature and a Haitian who knows his native language “very well”. This interest dates back to adolescence when he discovered committed rap. This brings him closer to his father, a lover of French. “It’s the kind of rap I could show my dad. I heard namedrops by Thomas Sankara and I said to him: “I know that you have a book by him or that you have already spoken to me about it.” »

Her mother introduces her to the book The count of Monte Cristo, which he finds at the library. A crucial moment for the so-called Shamyr Daléus-Louis.

His passion for literature can obviously be seen on his new album where he accumulates references and figures of style. “I am Aimé Césaire [icône anticolonialiste] with the flow of RZA [leader du Wu-Tang Clan] he says in the song Appear.

” [Ça me connecte] to black authors who have left their mark on people’s minds,” he replies when asked about the lyrics of the song. “It’s an ego trip phrase. »

But if Raccoon compares himself to certain historical figures, he remains humble. Vulnerable, even. In an interview, he admits that he has recently been consulting. He also talks to us about his attention disorder which affected his school career.

Raccoon regrets not having studied for a long time, but it does not appear on his new album: “My story, I don’t learn it from teachers”, we hear in the song My flag. “And we drive even without a diploma “, he launches a few seconds later alongside Izzy-S.

The street from the other end of the barrel

Shamyr grew up in the metropolis between Montreal North, Rivière-des-Prairies and Pointe-aux-Trembles. His life began in Montreal North, but he moved following a traumatic event. He tells the anecdote in the song Victim. At the age of 7, he witnesses a violent assault at home. His whole family is there: his grandmother as well as his four brothers and sisters. His mother, who owes money, is visited by criminals. He comes out disgusted by the crime.

When he got into music, Raccoon contrasted with what he saw in American hip-hop music videos. Some images remind him of the home invasion he recounts in the song Victim. This influences his approach in rapping. He then tries to get away from the street.

What about today ? “I can be more nuanced,” he replies.

I want to show that I am interested in this reality. And I don’t want people to think that I make up my mind without having lived [la violence].


Raccoon criticizes for example the shootings in the song shoot. “It’s just to do good,” says the artist who now lives in Rivière-des-Prairies. “And you can be a drill rapper and think it shoots too much too. »

The nice rapper hood

How does an artist like Raccoon, a “nice” rapper from hood, is he entering the hip-hop scene? This is the question he asks himself before publishing his first album. He chooses to appropriate certain stereotypes by launching… Nice for a black man. A title that does not go unnoticed.

“It was a way of saying it before I was told,” Raccoon sends. The message, intended for the general media and the Quebec music industry, hits the nail on the head. Nice for a black man was released in November 2019. A few months later, he became the first Radio-Canada Rap Revelation.

Now Raccoon is counting on public support. We also hear an old friend affirm it from the start of his new album. “You are the black rapper who will touch all the peasants [Blancs] he told him, comparing him to Sans Pressure – one of the first of its kind to break through in Quebec. “You’re going to have that throne!” »

He will reign, by then, this Thursday evening at the Ministry for the launch of C00N: the prophecy.

The article is in French

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