'Les rappeuses': a new generation of French women take the mic

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The party-ready beats of Lous and The Yakuza - the stage-name of Congo-born, Belgium-based Marie-Pierra Kakoma - can disguise some heavy subject matter, from struggles with cancer on "Amigo" to the experience of a rape victim. (Photo: Screeangrab/ Vimeo)
The party-ready beats of Lous and The Yakuza - the stage-name of Congo-born, Belgium-based Marie-Pierra Kakoma - can disguise some heavy subject matter, from struggles with cancer on "Amigo" to the experience of a rape victim. (Photo: Screeangrab/ Vimeo)

Tackling racism, prostitution and sexual assault, an emerging wave of female MCs is setting new boundaries for French rap after years in which women were barely visible on the scene.

Some do it with a light touch: the party-ready beats of Lous and The Yakuza - the stage-name of Congo-born, Belgium-based Marie-Pierra Kakoma - can disguise some heavy subject matter, from struggles with cancer on Amigo to the experience of a rape victim on Quatre heures du matin (Four in the morning).

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