Though this may be the first time you hear about the French rapper Dosseh, he is far from someone we can call a ‘rising’ artist. The artist has been dropping fire mixtapes for over a decade, and last year he released his first album proper. Oh, and it just happened to have a song featuring Young Thug called “Thousands of Euros,” with a music video shot in a Rococo salon to match.
This may have you wondering, who exactly is Dosseh? Well look no further. We caught up with the rapper to chat flow, France, and how the hell he got Young Thug onto his track.
When did you first realize you wanted to start rapping?
I started rapping when I was 16 or 17 in front of my cousins and my big brother (he was a famous french rapper in the early 2000s). And their reaction made me realize that I was talented.
Can you tell us a bit about the making of the track “Thousands of Euros?” How did you end up collaborating with Young Thug?
He had several shows to perform in Paris, so Oumar (my manager) contacted his team and did some negotiations. When we agreed on the business part, we organized the studio session and the shooting of the video upstream, so everything could be ready when Thugga arrived. When he came at the studio he was really cool and enthusiastic. He asked me what was the meaning of my lyrics, what the hook was about, etc. He really loved the beat — he was directly inspired, asked that the lights to be turned off in the studio. Then he spat fire. He made his verses and the bridges before the chorus.
And the music video? It seems to play a bit off of French history.
We went directly to the shooting location of the video not far from the studio. Everything was ready, from the shooting team to the clothes, etc. The atmosphere was good. It took 2 or 3 hours to shoot, and in the end everyone was happy.
What’s been one of the most difficult moments of your career? How did you break through it?
There wasn’t one specific moment when things were the hardest in my career; I’ve always been through ups and downs. As an artist, I felt nothing was going in the right direction, and I started questioning myself, whether I should go on or let go rapping. But considering that I’m a fighter, I always felt the strength to stimulate myself, and go further and stronger in my career.
How would you compare the French rap scene to others? What are some of the things that make it unique?
I consider the French rap scene different from others because we have a language that’s very rich in culture, literature and the knowledge to combine them. I think that’s our particularity compared to other rap scenes.
If you were forced to leave music behind, what career do you think you would move into?
I love business in general. I like the process of starting up a business, investing and evolving. So I think that I would establish a business and make it grow, BIG.
How would you describe your flow?
Incisive, energetic, insolent.
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- Photography: Julien Boudet