He calls it his album of personal growth. Out of the bosom of Alaclair Ensemble, the rapper Eman escapes in solo and comes out of the experience with the satisfaction of having added strings to his bow.
“The importance of doing it by myself,” says the artist from Quebec when asked about what motivates him to give his name to a musical project.
1036, which refers to the address of the avenue Cartier, which was once the apartment of Claude Bégin and the headquarters of anything that has gravity around Alaclair Ensemble, follows the EP, Home, released last year.
“It’s been a long time that I have been producing beats, he explains, but it was on a computer quickly. I’m not really a guy who has done the mix, I’m not a sound engineer. At times, I could mix a bit by accident. However, this year, it seems that it was important for me to learn it, to know how to make a song from A to Z all alone at home and that it is listenable after.”
A to Z? Not quite. His friend, Claude Bégin, he was still given a hand to finalize everything. “I’m not there yet, but I approach quietly.”
Musically, Eman explore as much of the rap of yesteryear (percussion 20 west, with Lary Kidd, Maybe Watson and The incredible Seif) that the new contemporary trends of the genre (the simple Diamond, with Sarahmée).
For the texts, it is left to be carried by the wind. “I am very spontaneous. As with Alaclair, I start with a sentence and it’s moving all alone.”
It gives some jewelry, in particular Pressure, where it prides itself on being at the forefront of the rap and lack of space for storing Felix.
“It’s a rap motivational” laughs Eman, noting, ” it is necessary to take the second degree.
It is not wrong. The guy sitting with the representative of the Newspaper on a park bench at 32 degrees Celsius, full sun, and who has searched for a good location for a photo along the Saint-Charles, does not relieve an ounce of pretension.
“It’s like making a power move to the hockey or basketball,” says the rapper. You don’t need to use it to count the goal, but you do it to impress the gallery. This is clearly a character and you do it just for fun. The fans and other rappers are also like this.”
A tribute to Dede
As is also the custom in rap, references to popular culture abound in 1036. It goes from uncle Scrooge mcduck to Gargamel passing by Dédé Fortin, who Eman borrows a few lines of Tamp you where on the song Yeah.
A nod to “a poet extraordinary,” he says, admitting that he was not a fan of Roommates. “But it was so everywhere that to me it represents an era. In their message, there was a multiculturalism interesting.”
“After that, I just came out of the same,” says Eman referring to her spontaneous creativity. “This is my little tribute to them.”
- Words and music : Eman
- Production : Eman, Relaxation, and Claude Bégin
- Label : Disc 7th Heaven