Interview with French hardcore rapper HDI.MC

HDI.MC is a French hardcore rapper who grew up in 93 in Saint-Denis then in 95 (Val d’oise) who are Ghetto near Paris.

He began to write lyrics at the age of 11 and took his first freestyle at the age of 18 in 2008 when he moved to the Val d’Oise and met Jon.Es a talented beatmaker and rapper from val d’oise.

HDImc and Jon.Es founded the group 9 Connexion (9 CO) between 2008 and 2016 and released their first official freestyle entitled “Code BN” in 2010 then will follow a 1st Mixtape of the group entitled “9 Connexion Mixtape 2014” released in 2014 as well that a second mixtape entitled “9 CONNEXION 2.0” released in 2016 then two EP “West Side” and “3 feuilles” released the same year.

In 2016 HDImc began a solo course.

Since 2016 he has released two solo mixtapes called “EXPLICIT LYRICS” and “EXPLICIT LYRICS 2” and to this day he continues to release many other projects (Mixtapes & Albums).
In 2020 HDI.MC has released on Street Album “HARD LIFE”, for this album HDI.MC worked with great music producers like DJ PAIN 1 the famous American beatmaker who has already worked with the biggest stars of rap us (50 cents, The Game, Rick Ross, etc …) but HDI.MC has also worked with the French beatmaker collective Kubbzmuzik who has produced for the greatest French rappers (Booba, Despo Rutti, S.Pri Noir …).


What’s the story behind HDImc, how did it all start for you in this journey? What were your biggest influences?

HDI.MC: I started listening RAP when I was very young and wrote my first texts when 11 years old. Then it went very fast being passionate very quickly.

My biggest influences are 50 Cent, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Tupac, The Game and DMX (Rest in Peace).

Your newest album “HARD LIFE” is really impactful, and has some strong beats and amazing lyrics. Is there a theme that connects the songs, or is it something else?

HDI.MC: Yes of course. There is a theme that is the motivation for fighting to succeed in reaching dreams and objectives as my mother always told me that life is a fight.

What is a hip-hop scene like in Paris nowadays?

HDI.MC: Hip-hop scene in Paris is still developing with new generations and with the power of social networks many new rappers are coming, a lot of people here say that we are living in a new golden age of french rap but we will see if it is true in the future.

I loved your song “Boss Vision”. What’s the story behind it?

HDI.MC: It is thanks to a contact that I had with DJ Pain 1 on Instagram, I really liked his work and he did me the honor of working with me on 5 sounds of my album when I listened to Bobby Kennedy’s chorus on “Boss vision” the day I received the track I said to myself wow it brings very big energy back to the beat and then I wrote my version directly, it was powerful.

What is the most useless talent you have?

HDI.MC: That of having too much imagination because you don’t have time to do what you want Lmao

How do you nourish your creative side when you’re not working? And how do you avoid burnout?

HDI.MC: Listening to good music and watching reports and films about the people who inspire me . To avoid burnout you also have to know how to cut the rhythm with your goals and for that there is God and sport is really effective because it reminds us of the real basics of life.


What does your curiosity look like? How do you explore things?

HDI.MC: I am especially curious in finding what could make my family and myself as happy as possible and observe around me telling myself to always keep an open mind, for example for music I listen to Rap because I do but I also listen to other music like funk, groove, soul and R’nB.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

HDI.MC: I would like to create a structure to teach artists to better manage their copyright because many record companies take advantage of this situation to appropriate the music of their artists and when their artists want to leave their labels they have nothing left because they can’t even use their music the way they want because no one has taught them how to keep their masters.

What are you currently working on, and what’s next for you?

HDI.MC: I’m writing lyrics for a future album maybe, the next step is to keep releasing a lot of other projects.

At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?

HDI.MC: Joy, happiness, and strength because I want to give people what the artists and people who have inspired me gave me that is to say the strength, the happiness, and the positive energy of advanced towards his ambitions so I too want to be one of his artists who through his music gives strength to people and also allows them to forget their problems and to succeed.


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Written by Emily

Emily is currently finishing her studies in journalism and popular media abroad in the School of Media studies in Tel Aviv. In free time she writes for several popular magazines and loves hip hop culture very much.


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