French Rap Music Popularity Grows

NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports from Paris on the growing popularity of French rap music on radio stations in France. French rap is an adaptation of the American genre. France's recording industry has relied on American producers, such as Charles Alexander, to recreate the musical sound that's identified with rap. Alexander, who's known as "Prince Charles," explains the fundamental difference in language inflection between French and English that gives the French version of rap a distinctive pattern. (Due to Internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its original broadcast form.)



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