“Let go of the brakes and close your eyes”, as he sings, seems not to have managed to Lomepal, this time. The rapper, critically acclaimed for his second album Jeannine , revealed he nearly died in the car with friends. Interviewed by The new yorker , Antoine Valentinelli, his real name was confided to his new reputation and the success of her last album, certified gold disc at the end of ten days, and platinum less than a month after its release.
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“I almost died a few weeks ago on holiday in Mauritius”, explains the artist, who had still 26 years old at the time. “It was four in a car, a light turned on, it was travelling too fast. We exploded against a pole before twenty meters from head to tail.” An accident that could have cost the life of the rapper and his friends, if the security systems of the car were not triggered: “seat belts and airbags has saved us.” Lomepal concludes almost with lightness, when he admits to have said: “Okay, here it is the end but at least Jeannine (his album, editor’s NOTE) is completed.” Proof, if it were needed, of the importance that he attaches to his work of seventeen pieces which bears the name of his grand-mother. Released on 7 December, he escapes, however, to a nomination for the Victoires de la Musique 2019. In fact, the system behind the awards ceremony only includes the artistic projects of the 30 November of the previous year to December 1 of the year following.
This shared history, we can better understand the release of the rapper on the day of his birthday. On Instagram, Lomepal shared an assembly representative Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, the famous “club of 27”, that is, these incredible artists missing the year of their 27 years. In the caption, the rapper has ironisé: “It is good my friends I’m coming.” A probably a reference to the unfortunate incident, that the fans were unaware until then.
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Although happy to be still ours, it remains to be Lomepal still “a few beats to make it that[it] is better”, as he sings in his title 1000°C . The new star of the rap francophone occur on various French scenes since the end of the month of January, including two nights, in February, at the Zenith of Paris. Sold-and not to open tombs…
• 1000°C of Lomepal, with the participation of Roméo Elvis, taken from his album Jeannine , 2018