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2008: C’est Stromae Video

Amy October 28, 2014 0 1,263 views
2008: C’est Stromae Video

C’est Stromae!

For our first Throwback feature, here’s the video for “C’est Stromae” (This is Stromae). It was uploaded to YouTube by Dapastudio, Stromae’s official channel, on March 28, 2008.

“C’est Stromae” was the first clip from his 2007 EP Juste Un Cerveau, Un Fond, Un Flow Et Un Mic.

One of the best things about this video for English-speakers is that it shows us how Stromae pronounces his own stage name. He’s always hyper-polite about the pronunciation, insisting that it’s OK to pronounce it however you want, and even introducing himself as “Stromay” to English-speakers. But since the name is actually a reversal of the syllables of the word “maestro,” it makes sense that, well, c’est “Strome-I.”

He introduces us to his philosophy of music, kicking off with a hefty dose of bravado before rapping about his humble beginnings (“and I don’t dare tell you that I suffered, because when I see my brothers, I’m proud of eating Aldi”) his rejection of a sex-and-money-crazed “rap biz,” and wanting to “touch lives” with his music. He tells us that he doesn’t have either extensive musical education or street cred: his only weapons in the battle to succeed are his background in solfège and percussion, his head, and his drive.

Just a little peek at the lyrics:

C’est Stromae, préparez les parades
Sortez les caméras et rappelez vos camarades
J’arrive au mic… si je débarque
C’est parce que je veux parler, j’aime qu’on me remarque
Je veux qui m’écoutent tous, au moins une fois
 
This is Stromae, prepare the parades
Get out the cameras and call your comrades
I’ve arrived at the mike…if I’m starting out
It’s because I want to talk, I like to be noticed
I want everybody to listen to me, at least once
*****
 
Et une modestie sans égale car
L’ironie m’envahie donc t’es mal barre
 
And a modesty without equal because
Irony overtakes me so you’re in big trouble
*****
 
Si je viens c’est pas pour faire bouger les filles
Mais faire bouler les foules
Et peut-être toucher des vies, connard!
Je viens pas compter mes coups
Ni jouer les cools
Avec mes couilles et mes dollars
 
If I’m coming it’s not to make the girls move
But to make the crowds boil
And maybe touch some lives, jerk!
I’m not coming to count coup
Or play cool
With my balls and my dollars
*****
 
Plus de quatre ans de solfège:
Autant d’percu’, ma tête et le fait que je perdure sont mes seules flèches
 
More than four years of solfege
As much percussion, my head, and the fact that I persist are my only arrows
*****
 
C’est Stromae, juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic
C’est Stromae, c’est qui? Haha juste un ordi, un beat, un bic et un mic
C’est Stromae, juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic
C’est Stromae, juste un ordi, un beat, un bic et un mic
 
This is Stromae: just a brain, a flow, a base and a mic
This is Stromae: (who’s that?) Haha just a computer, a beat, a pen and a mic
This is Stromae: just a brain, a flow, a base and a mic
This is Stromae: just a computer, a beat, a pen and a mic
*****
 

Here’s Stromae performing “C’est Stromae” at a party with friends in 2007. The quality of the sound and visuals are terrible but it’s still quite something to see how he started out.

 
c'est stromae

“voici ma zik” (here’s my music)

Thanks to rap.genius.com for the help with the lyrics.

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