I Kiffe NY, CMJ showcase French hip hop at Hiro Ballroom

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I Kiffe NY, CMJ showcase French hip hop at Hiro Ballroom
Above: La Cautionexercises in civil disobedienceI Kiffe NY festivalthe Hiro Ballroom, La CautionManguWax Tailor

All three artists compose a nice soundtrack to a lost weekend in Europe circa 1993, and promise an uninhibited live show. Sharp ears may recognize the La Caution brothers' Ocean's 12 soundtrack score contribution, "Thé à la menthe." Wax Tailor's Xavier Jacques isn't so much rooted in spit-fire rhyming as manipulating beats and textures into syncopated chill-out tapestries, more on par with Thievery Corporation crossed with some old fashioned mixing/scratching a la RJD2. Mangu is no stranger to New York: Born in the Dominican Republic, he lived here before moving to France, and his work streamlines his international experience into Caribbean flavored dance hall and hip hop grinds.