Electro and hip hop

Death of DJ Mehdi
French hip-hop to international electro

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14/09/2011 -

DJ Mehdi has died at the age of 34. Little known by the general public, he started out on the French hip-hop scene before moving towards electro. Music has just lost an inventive artist who has left his mark on urban music in France and round the world.

The career has been all too short for a talented musician and producer who started off working for Ideal J (O'Riginal MC's sur une mission in 96) and Mafia K'1 Fry (Les Liens Sacrés in 97) then 113, (Les Princes de la ville in 99), all French rap groups that sprung up in the 1990s.

In 2002, he released a first album blending rap and electro, (The story of) Espion, which neatly summed up his own influences. The album was an occasion for him to invite guest artists in the shape of Akhenaton, Rim-K of 113 and Magik Malik. In 2006, he signed up on the Ed Bangers label run by his friend Pedro Winter and cooked up a new sound for himself with his second, electro-focused album, Lucky Boy.

Along with Cassius, Justice and others, DJ Mehdi set up Club 75, a collective of DJs who mixed together. They regularly performed throughout the world.  

In 2009, he released the album Red Black & Blue (Ed Bangers). The following year, he worked with the British producer Riton and formed the Carte Blanche duet, releasing house tracks designed for the dance floor, under the title Black billionaires.

Mehdi Favéris-Essadi (his real name) died following an accident on 13 September 2011. He was due to perform on 8 October with his British sidekick Riton at the Grand Palais in Paris for the 3rd Nuit SFR Live concerts.

Translation: Anne-Marie Harper

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