Founded in the student city of Aix-en-Provence, an hour from Marseille, the trip-hop collective Chinese Man is all over the place. Their colorful beat-heavy tunes are heard everywhere, from the town's bars to student housing by way of the big apartments of the local rich girls with a weed habit.
Beyond its native France, Chinese Man has grown in popularity thanks to "I've Got That Tune", which featured in a Mercedes Benz commercial. The crew and South African rapper Tumi Molekane have just dropped The Journey on their own record label, a decade after their debut LP The Bootleg Sessions.
Shot in the 20th district, it shows the South African producer wandering in the French capital while thumping a liberating rap. The big man brings lethargic folks back to life using a golden record.
The short film features the album's six banging tracks: "Jungle Boogie", "Better That Way", "Ronin Pills for Your Ills", "Past Your Time" and "The Journey."
Of course any image of people partying in the arteries of the bruised city contrast with today's bleak situation. Parisians aren't exactly renowned for dancing all day to booming hip hop beats. But some of them are, and somehow the video presents a great allegory of what Paris can be.