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Cinquieme As

MC Solaar Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Aug 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: East West
  • ASIN: B00005OB0K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction
2. Sollar Pleure
3. Leve-toi et rap
4. Les colonies
5. Hasta la vista mi amor! (intro)
6. La belle et le bad boy
7. La, La, La, La
8. Arkansas
9. Le cinquieme as
10. Baby love
11. Degats collateraux
12. RMI
13. L'aigle ne chasse pas les mouches
14. Playmate
15. Si je meurs ce soir (featuring Black Jack)
16. Sollar Pleure (symphonic version)
17. Hasta la vista (intro)
18. Hasta la vista
19. Samedi soir

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solaar Weaps, maybe not 6 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
MC Solaar is well known to France as 50 Cent is known to ths US, he's had hit singles in the UK, France, Germany and as far afield as Japan. So what's getting people to buy French rap? The fact that Solaar is a peaceful rapper, he deosn't speak badly of women, he doesn't talk about shooting the police, he doesn't mention unecessary violence, and he's poetical. He knows how to use French verbs so effectively it's incredible. His speed isn't blistering too, not like some of the rappers out there who you can't understand. Cinqueme As is his 5th studio album, which I feel is pretty impressive.
It all kicks off with the angelic tainted "Solaar Pleur", which to me isn't his best. I really don't like this title, it's just so annoying to me. The rapping is good, but the whole mood just seems to go against Solaar's grain. He's just so angry and swears like it was in fashon. It's just not my style.
I especially like "Leve toi et rap", which is an excellent piece of hip hop; Solaar rapping about how he got up and took the mic in his mid teens. It's also about late 80s Paris, grafitti, b-boys and hip hop nights. It's quite well put together, and the samples are excellent, Gangstarr announcing "MC Solaar", one of my favourites on the album.
Another I really like is Colonies, an excellent tale of how Africa had a lot of French colonies.
Another great has to be Hasta La Vista, Solaar a l'Espagnol, which is pretty cool. If you have the UK release, it's actually a Spanish version, which I also loved. This is a tale of a lover in Spain, which is poetically put together by Claude MC.
Other great features on here has to be la belle et le bad boy, a parody of Beauty and the Beast, but of course, 00's style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax!!!!!! 20 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic album, easily surpassing his 'Paradisiaque' LP. He raps with an unmatchable fluidity and diversity, and his lyrics are the most intelligent in this genre of hip hop, exceeding even the likes of the Wu-Tang clan and Rakim....even if you cannot speak French, you will be mesmerised. There are several tracks that I feel really bring out the best of his unique talents. Leve-toi-et-rap, Solaar Pleure, La belle et le Bad Boy and Si Je Meurs ce Soir really highlight the variety of music that he incorporates into his work, but for me Hasta La Vista and the symphonic version of Solaar Pleure are really what he is about. His ability to rap in various different languages is incredible and this is underlined in the fantastic Hasta La Vista....'soy en un papel de lider como Fidel Castro'.....a mi me gustaba la chica llamda Rachel, tengo la voz, la fuerza, estilo y papel'...this song is so good to listen to. His use of classical music is evident in many other tracks, but the symphonic verson of Solaar Pleure is magical. This man is simply a genius! Who are Saian Supa Crew when you have MC Solaar?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Solaar...if a little dark 30 Mar 2007
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Solaar gets it all off his chest in this album. Social injustice, American gun crime, the slave trade, French urban poverty (those living under the 'seuil' (threshold) relying on the inadequate RMI (Revenu Minimum d'Insertion), a kind of minimum wage for the young unemployed are amongst his primary areas of concern. Despite all this, he does not preach, he does not parade as the Messiah but he DOES bring across important messages without any detriental effects either to the lyrics (which waiver between poignant and strikingly brilliant - for instance these lines from the modern French urban lovestory of the stunner and the gangster:

'Mais entre eux, c'était toujours complicité

Escale sur un piédestal, un reve délimité

S'il devenait triangle, elle serait rectangle').

One great advantage that MC Solaar has over his French 'rivals' (there aren't many serious contenders besides maybe IAM AND SSC to the hip-hop/rap crown) is his sonoric diversity. The album starts off with the very powerful, explicit and Satanic 'Solaar pleure' and the srcathcy, street-wise sound of 'Leve-toi et rap' (which boasts perhaps the best lyric of the album and describes Solaar's development through childhood and youth), digresses in the middle with one epic love song (La belle et le bad boy) and one cornier effort that is reminiscent of a few of Tupac's urban ballads and then Solaar shares his social concerns with us ('Degats Collateraux', 'RMI' and 'C'est ca que les gens veulent'. The album ends with 2 very catchy songs of very different ilk in 'Cinquieme As' and 'Si Je Meurs Ce Soir', the former being somewhat of a lyrical and melodical ego trip with the latter very reminiscent of track 2 in a sort of dark, higher-being, external forces manner.
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