Casseurs Flowters

Casseurs Flowters (French pronunciation: ​[kɑˈsœʁ floˈtœʁ]) is a French hip hop duo established in 2004 by rappers Orelsan and Gringe. The duo's name is a reference to the two "Wet Bandits" from the movie Home Alone, called the "Casseurs Flotteurs" in the French dialogue.[1]

Casseurs Flowters
Orelsan (left) and Gringe (centre) at the Festival des Vieilles Charrues in 2014
Orelsan (left) and Gringe (centre) at the Festival des Vieilles Charrues in 2014
Background information
OriginCaen, Calvados, France
Genres
Years active2004–present
Labels
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial Facebook page
Members

HistoryEdit

The two rappers met in the year 2000 in Paris.[2] Les Inrocks describe their meeting as being "as simple as a Franck Dumas match analysis."

People had told me about him [Orelsan]. I knew that he hosted a roller skating program on the radio, that he was passionate about hip hop and I saw him hanging out in town with his Cambodian military uniforms. [...] He came to see me and asked me if I wanted to start a group with him, and I immediately said yes. We began writing songs without any ambition. We were rapping on the B-sides of The Roots even when I hate The Roots. We composed songs with the sound card of a comp we stole at my UIT. Initially, we wrote for our friends, that's it. And then Orel professionalised his thing. In the meantime, I met a girl and I went back to studying a bit.

— Gringe, in an interview with Les Inrocks.[3]

Casseurs Flowters released their first mixtape Fantasy: Episode 1 with 11 tracks, with help from French record producer Skread, in 2004.[4] Afterwards, the two rappers decided to focus on building their solo careers, with Orelsan releasing Perdu d'avance in 2009 and Le chant des sirènes in 2011, his first two studio albums, and Gringe releasing a mixtape entitled Fantasy Mixtape in 2009.

Following the success of Orelsan's second studio album Le chant des sirènes, the duo released their first collaborative single, "Bloqué", on 3 July 2013,[5] as a pre-release for their upcoming debut studio album, Orelsan et Gringe sont les Casseurs Flowters, which was released on 15 November 2013 to generally positive reviews.[6][7]

Other worksEdit

Gringe has released a number of independent materials and has collaborated with a number of artists such as El Matador, Brasco, Pit Baccardi, La Province, Jamal and Nubi.

Orelsan has also released a number of other independent materials, notably the Zéro EP with 14 tracks that included five tracks featuring his work with Gringe as Casseurs Flowters, namely "Arrêtes", "Toc Toc", "Mauvaises ondes", "Venu pour flowter" and "J'vais baiser ta femme".

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

MixtapesEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Recipient Award Result Reference(s)
2014 MTV Europe Music Awards Casseurs Flowters Best French Act Nominated [8][9][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Orelsan va sortir un album des Casseurs Flowteurs" (in French). 9 March 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  2. ^ Orelsan et Gringe, les Casseurs Flowters, passent à table – Fnac on YouTube. Retrieved 14 May 2014. (in French)
  3. ^ Pierre Siankowski (12 December 2013). "Casseurs Flowters : bête et beau comme un jour sans fin" (in French). LesInrocks.com. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  4. ^ Charts in France: Orelsan : un nouvel album des Casseurs Flowters avec Gringe! (in French)
  5. ^ Morgane Giuliani (3 July 2013). "Orelsan et Gringe signent le retour de Casseurs Flowters avec Bloqué" (in French). Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Orelsan et Gringe sont les Casseurs Flowters". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Orelsan et Gringe sont les Casseurs Flowters - iTunes" (in French). iTunes. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Meilleur Artiste Français" (in French). MTV Europe Music Awards. Archived from the original on 13 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Le caennais OrelSan nominé en tant que meilleur artiste français aux E-MTV Awards" (in French). Tendance Ouest. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  10. ^ "MTV EMA 2014, le palmarès : Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, One Direction et Indila triomphent" (in French). ChartsInFrance.net. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.

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