As a french , could I learn english and rap in the US ?

  1. I mean, for sure you could try, but remember that hundreds of thousands of Americans also try to make it big as artists and never catch that big break. I'd always encourage people to pursue their dreams, but just make sure you're not putting all your eggs in one basket. There are lots of awesome careers out there.

  2. Everyone knows at least one person from high school that has tried to become a famous rapper. Pretty saturated.

  3. Nobody use the N Word here but it wouldnt be a problem if it was the case anyway. You're right , gotta remember that

  4. To be honest, you might be better off rapping in French. Maybe a version of Frenglish (use mostly French words with a few English words sprinkled in)

  5. I agree with this, in italy there’s a rapper who does this. He’s not very good in my opinion, but Drake noticed him so I guess this strategy actually works

  6. This is it. The music industry is cut throat and some of the best rappers had to strike out independently to even find some success. One of the best examples being Tech N9ne.

  7. This is actually a good idea. OP says he doesn't want to use french for personal reasons, so he can flip it: mostly english with some french sprinkled in. It could set OP apart from all the other rappers right off the gate.

  8. If you're good, people won't have an issue. There are Latin American rappers who have careers in the US and some of them have pretty strong accents in English.

  9. Latin American artists being popular in the US is a little different from a French artist becoming popular here. There’s a large Hispanic community in the US and many people speak Spanish here, so Latino artists already have a strong base in the US that they can build on. And a large portion of international singers who become popular in the US first start by building their popularity in their home country/region.

  10. Quebec has a rap scene, but I find it hard to believe a Frenchie straight out of France could make it there. People here are very attached to their cultures and specificities, and if they want to listen to French rappers.. they will listen to French rappers from France.

  11. Yep I know how to talk and type I always look down on myself . Actually i know american slang and I can talk without a hard french accent . I'm learning english by talking to americans on video games since i'm 12

  12. I speak it correctly . I always look down on myself , deep down I know I don't have a hard accent and I speak english correctly , I just need to know more words to make good lyrics .

  13. Sure; why not? If you're any good at rapping, accent and language won't hold you back. Just make your quirks into a signature style. Rap uses a lot of rapidly evolving slang and bends and twists vocabulary and grammar anyway.

  14. It's always fun to hear hip hop/rap in other languages because all of the words and the locations of emphasis are all different in the cadence. I'd imagine you would have to go with the herd or emphasize your unique french-influenced flow

  15. If you're skilled and don't have any Troy ke ditching a strong accent, you could try but just FYI immigrating to America isn't like moving around in Europe. Idk what visa you would use to come here as there isn't an aspiring rapper visa. Also our native citizens already populate most of the rap market. It may be hard to penetrate.

  16. Yeah, sure. I mean I think it would be almost impossible, but that's never stopped anyone from doing cool shit before. Go for it my dude

  17. Sure. We generally don't care about accents. A good third or more of the country has someone in their family with a foreign accent.

  18. I like MC Solaar and I have no idea what he says half the time, it'd be interesting listening to a French accent on a record

  19. You could definitely do that. To be successful at it you'll need talent, determination and quite a bit of luck.

  20. Yes, what a waste of human life is C-PTSD . Eminem inspired me a lot , of course I have less than 1% of chance to make it , but i'm a bit like him , obssesed with words and rhymes

  21. Sure you might be able to but honestly the best rappers have an incredible grasp of the English language and that’s what makes their rap good. Think about finding rhymes in English. Is that easy for you? Do you understand the words that American rappers use, especially when there is a double meaning? When rapping it is important to be able to string words together like it’s nothing. Even the average American’s vocabulary cannot compare to Eminem’s. Is it impossible? No. But will it be incredibly difficult and perhaps not generate any income? Absolutely. There are millions of “sound cloud rappers” who won’t make it so I would not rely on this dream for a source of income. If you don’t give a fuck about financial security then go for it. Or, if this is just going to be a hobby then why not? Comme quelqu’un qui parle aussi le français, je ne pourrais jamais imaginer faire le rap à l’étranger. Souvent, même les américains ont besoin de voir les paroles d’une chanson rap avant de comprendre chaque mot que le rappeur dit.

  22. I think that being French could actually give you an edge, since it makes you different. I’d suggest trying to incorporate your background into your music to make it stand out (like throw in some french words). You could also definitely help others make music through working at a production studio if you just wanted a job in the industry to make some money while you try to make your own stuff. But I say go for it.

  23. I’d recommend just going on YouTube or something like that. You live in the age of the internet and there’s no reason to move to the us because you already have everything you need to start.

  24. Hello - I work in the music industry (licensing, distribution, copyright administration are my specialties) primarily with independent artists but also with household names, RIAA winners, and Grammy winners. Of all independent artists across all genres who release music through indie distributors, most makes less than $10 a year in streaming and sales revenue. And by most I mean 90%+.

  25. You can if you want, just not sure there's a visa for aspiring rapper. But if it were up to me I'd welcome ya

  26. Yes, of course you can. I mean, it will help if you are good, but we’d like it. If you’re white like Jack Harlow, Eminem, etc, there are words, one in particular, that you cannot say.

  27. Go ahead, buddy, you’re free to try anything. My mom’s co-worker from Japan learned English mostly from watching Conan.

  28. I’ve had Damso and Kalash, maybe a few others reach my Spotify and it sounded pretty good. French people sound good rapping, but to appeal to audiences mix up French in majority English. If you have a nice accent that is understandable it’ll even be a plus.

  29. You probably won't be winning improv battles for a long time, unless you're borderline native-speaker level in fluency, but I don't see why you can't put out tracks. Granted, I don't like most rap, but I think some people here are exaggerrating when they imply you have to be an English genius to be successful.

  30. I don't think we'd view a French rapper any differently than we'd view anyone else, you might have some hurdles an American wouldn't due to cultural differences, but if you're willing to put in the work, I don't see any reason it couldn't work.

  31. I think if you put work into your craft that’s all that matters. If you want to learn it bad enough you will do exactly that, and people will enjoy it.

  32. I doubt it. Good rappers come up with amazing wordplay and rhymes on the fly because they’ve been immersed in English from birth. I don’t think someone coming to English later could manage such magic. Just my opinion.

  33. You can as others have done so (if you are good, people would always be willing to listen. A lot popular artist aren't from America), you just have to be mindful of what you say as you can't just say every word you hear in rap songs as that can get you into a lot of trouble. Maybe take some classes or watch videos of songs to help build up your vocabulary. I do that with Spanish and French along with other languages. I downloaded these two apps-DeepL and Anki to help with words and sentences thanks to a tip from a YouTuber, so maybe that can also help you.

  34. You could, but you probably won't. It's INSANELY hard to be a musician of any stripes, and it's going to be insanely even harder if you want to be a rapper when English isn't even your first language.

  35. Making it big, does not only involves having talent in your craft. You can be objectively the best rapper in the world, but no one would be screaming your name. It’s a business. You need to make sure you can get the business and connection side down. With those, you can go much farther

  36. Rapping is an extremely competitive career. Even if you're talented, and you work hard that's no guarantee for success. It takes hard work, talent, and luck to make it big.

  37. Ask Tony Parker. Although I think he just raps in French? Anyway. If you’ve got bars then go for it.

  38. Honestly I don't think it'd really be all that more difficult for you than it would be for a typical American, I feel like there are a bunch of factors that work both ways and kind of cancel each-other out here. Big caveat to all of that is it's extremely difficult for a typical American to break out in music industry. So it's a longshot, you definitely need a backup plan for if things don't work out, but not any more of a longshot than it is for anyone else imo

  39. Well friend, I’m American and I learned to speak French fluently years ago. I wish we could switch sides hahahaha. Good luck man , grammatically speaking, vous devez étudier les livres McGraw-Hill en anglais.

  40. Well I don’t want to smash your dreams and it’s always possible that something so unusual could become a sensation. That said, if I’m being totally honest, listening to rap that has a french accent doesn’t sound marketable to me. Again, unless you’re amazingly good, in which case all bets are off. I’ve heard European English rap and that sounds really strange to my ears. French rap would be even odder. American rap has a brusque, guttural tone and feel which is essentially the opposite of French.

  41. Not rapping, but Frenchman Philip Marcade moved to New York City in the 1970s and lived his rock and roll fantasy singing and writing his own songs with his band

  42. Yes. Start by making a youtube or tiktok channel, and then record some rap songs which already exist from famous rappers. Because of your french accent you will get famous very quickly on tiktok or youtube. Then, you can slowly start your own rap too

  43. If you don't half ass learn English and come over and act like you're Sushi K you might be able to pull it off.

  44. I know a guy who is American, and I’ve heard him rapping in French. I don’t speak French so I don’t know how good it was. But it rhymed and sounded cool.

  45. If you're learning how to rap based on American style you're going to have to really brush up on your slang if your going to be anything successful.

  46. Here we tend to celebrate what makes people stand out. No one will care as long as you're good, but of course, most people have to be bad before they can become good. That's normal for anyone, French or not

  47. I think that a French accent is a "good accent". By that I mean that it sounds nice to the ear. Lean in to your heritage and make it the thing that makes you unique amongst rappers.

  48. Having a sound with your own language would be super important. I imagine you already rap in French so keeping true to your original sound. I support the idea the first thing you could do is contact various smaller artists and producers in the states to practice with them (they’re everywhere so choose wisely). With enough motivation it’s definitely possible in the U.S just be open to criticism and malleable while you make your brand.

  49. There are millions of aspiring rappers. Being French is not going to be the biggest hurdle that you will face in being successful at it. There's so much competition and a lot of luck involved in making a career of it. I wouldn't bank on making a living as a rapper for those reasons.

  50. If you can do an American accent well enough I don't see why not, but it would be hard to understand a really thick French accent in a song I feel.

  51. Sounds pretty cool. But I think you should keep your French accent. You're going to get hate regardless, might as well stay authentic. Chicks dig it. Oui Oui?

  52. It would all depend on how you sound. Nobody will care that you are French, but you will have a hard time if you have a bad accent and sound really weird/goofy.

  53. I think they'd love you here! I know I certainly would. So long as your words are inspiring, there'll always be an audience for you. I'm very sorry to hear about your C-PTSD; that sounds extremely painful to have to deal with. :(

  54. As long as it sounds good I think the general public will like it. Hell we have started to get K-pop and not everyone knows Korean

  55. It’s not English but there a rapper who raps in Spanish but is from France. In one of the songs he switches from Spanish to French in the middle of it and it’s dope!

  56. Embrace your accent. We have a million shitty rappers with the same accent/affect. If you are a shitty rapper, at least your accent will distinguish you. If you are a good rapper, abandoning your native accent could make you sound fake and basically make you a shitty rapper. You might have a tough row to hoe because we generally don't see ANYTHING french as tough or hard. So if you are trying to be hard, maybe don't. Just try to be real.

  57. I would never try to be the next King Von when I never even shot a gun in my life of course , If I try , I'll stay real

  58. As long as you’re good and have shit to rap about, I’ll listen. Just find the things you want to rap about, the things that hurt you or make you happy, and if you got that you got at least a chance

  59. Sure! Look up an eighties Austrian artist called Falco. He incorporated German in his songs which sometimes were spoken instead of sung.

  60. Be authentic! My personal opinion is at the current moment the American Rap scene is full of authentic people. This shift was in large part due to how fake the scene was in the mid 2000’s. Rappers like lil Dicky have found huge success by being themselves. Not saying you need to be gimmicky but being you will resonate more than pretending you are from Chicago or Atlanta.

  61. Sex ? Nah . Drugs ? Hell yeah . I don't know any rapper who don't talk about drugs , art and drugs was always together . Vincent Van Gogh was high as shit on LSD painting .

  62. If you want to come here and do it for fun, then sure. If you want to come and do it here for a o Profession, I’d say it’s not worth the insane competition and poor artist treatment financially. It’s gotten basically impossible to make it in the music industry in any serious capacity without a fair bit of nepotism.

  63. Baby you can do anything except afford rent and healthcare here, come on over bring some them delicious beignets

  64. Oui. J'ai entendu du rap français et c'est plutôt bien. Certainement meilleur que le rap britannique. J'aimerais écouter plus de rap du monde entier, car des artistes différents apportent des perspectives et des sons nouveaux.

  65. Lots of songs are becoming popular where the rappers do 2 languages. You could do that too. See “ Love Nwantiti (ah ah ah) by CKay”he raps in English and Arabic. Sounds awesome. Plus French is a beautiful language. Hope you can get past your trauma and good luck:)

  66. Honestly, rap with a French accent sounds like it could be quite popular here. Over in the US, the French accent is generally associated with people who are snotty or stuck-up (I blame the Quebecois for that), so the idea of hearing it in rap is honestly hilarious, but in a good way.

  67. You might have to work a little to get the pronunciation right, since rapping in another language is hard (it is often faster than regular singing) but I say go for it. Don't pin all your hopes on making it big, since it's hard to get into the music industry. That doesn't mean you shouldn't try, just that you should have a backup plan.

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