LE RAP2FILLES SOUTERRAINE spotlights 12 French female MC’s who established their names on the Instagram battle rap circuit. Curated in conjunction with the Rap 2 Filles freestyle contest, the songs on the compilation have a boisterous, club-centric feel. Hailing from Lille, Vicky R’s “Shooter” is infused with rhythmic baile funk, and showcases the MC and producer riding a perky beat punctuated by sharp stabs of synths. Elsewhere on the compilation, 25-year-old Châteauroux MC Djaahaya embellishes the trap-style kicks and snares that power “D10K’SS” with venomous and braggadocious bars while Parisian spitter and singer Savannah Sweet flows over a bed of deep buzzing bass tones on the brooding “L’échappatoire.”
Bringing balance to these amped-up outings, KLI’s “Sur ta planète” is a muted gem, on which the Haumont-based rapper figures out how to move on from a destructive relationship over pensive guitar lines and delicately clipped snares. But after that brief pocket of respite, the album snaps back into shape with the aggressive fight club vibes of Dey Ef’s “État d’âme.” The planned first installment in a regular series, consider LE RAP2FILLES SOUTERRAINE a primer on a fresh generation of French talent bubbling just under the radar.