When you think of French hip-hop, it would be understandable for your mind to drift towards the burgeoning scenes of Paris and Marseille, which have given rise to some of mainland Europe’s most gifted rappers. Where there is a strong street culture there is going to be a vibrant rap scene, and that is certainly now the case in Lyon. There, the flag is being flown by one of France’s rising rap artists, Tedax Max.
Raised in the city centre district of La Guillotière, the French-Congolese musician knows this city like the back of his hand, and he uses that wisdom to deliver sharp and witty portraits of urban life over trap-inspired beats. His breakthrough hit, “J’te jure”, racked up over half a million streams on Spotify, and he followed it up last year with an eight track mixtape, Forme Olympique, which cemented his position as one of French rap’s rising stars.
Now, Tedax is one of the numerous artists collaborating with New Era on 2022’s campaign, ‘Now Playing’. The driving idea behind the project is to explore how artists around Europe tap into their playful side and unleash their creative spirit. For Tedax, play comes from taking pleasure in being around his community, and so many of his songs are inspired by the act of just hanging out with friends and seeing what happens.
With all this in mind, we decided to hang out with Tedax in his local neighbourhood, to chat about what makes Lyon the underdog city of France, and where his music is going next.
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