“Jolis noms d’arbres pour les bâtiments dans la forêt de ciment.”
(Cute tree names for the buildings in the concrete forest.)

These are two of my favourite IAM videos, and coincidentally, they are somehow linked to each other. One is Demain, C’est Loin (Tomorrow is far away), the last track on the L’Ecole Du Micro D’Argent album, and the second is La Fin de leur Monde (The end of their world), which can be found on Akhenaton’s last solo album Soldats de Fortune. This track again features Shurik’n, so it’s the exact same line-up as on the first track.

Both of the tracks are just under 10 minute long lyrical slappers and quite simply the epitome of straight no babbling, no chorus, no fade-out, no trash-talk verbal monstrosity. Nothing but on-point descriptions of the world around us of an almost cinematic quality. Even if you don’t understand the words, if you watch the video, you can actually see what they’re saying because the lyrics evoke exactly these kinds of images.

This is hip-hop at its very best. It does not get any better.

IAM – Demain C’est Loin (1997)

Akhenaton – La Fin De Leur Monde ft. Shurik’n (2005)