Friday, March 30, 2007
quel est le boeuf?



I've had a lone track by Yelle kicking around in my iTunes for the last year or so (two years maybe?). My friend Martin sent it over to me after we both heard it on a My!Gay!Husband! mixtape, and he emailed Jason to track down the tune. Since then, it's been a mainstay whenever I've put together any playlist or cd that's anything close to dance oriented, but for some reason, I didn't really investigate the song or it's author much further. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I tracked down anything else by the French rapper, and it was only after that that I actually figured out what the song was about (thanks to my sort of bilingual girlfriend).

En anglais, it's called "Short Dick Cuizi," but in France (where it was apparently a minor hit), the people know it as "Je veux te voir." With my limited French, I still caught the jib of the title, but I'd been rocking the song this whole time, oblivious to the fact that it's actually a diss on Cuizinier from TTC (which makes the English title make a hell of a lot more sense).

As you ponder whether this beef will reach Biggie/Tupac proportions, culminating in a showdown on the streets of Paris, check out the electro buzz of the track in question, and also the disco pulse of "Ce Jeu."

download: Yelle - Je Veux Te Voir (aka Short Dick Cuizi)
download: Yelle - Ce Jeu

Hot Chip are at the Commodore on June 19th.

Architecture in Helsinki is at Richard's on June 14th.

Secret Chiefs 3 are at the Plaza on May 31st.

And because I can't let a day go by this week without posting about Ed Banger, Vice gives us a teaser for the forthcoming Vol. 2 Compilation.

Finally, a reminder if you were going to wander down to the DTES to go dancing tonight, that 1/2 Alive is in new digs tonight.

now playing: Manic Street Preachers feat. Nina Persson - Your Love Alone is Not Enough

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7 Comments:

Duuuuude...
I heard this track on the radio yesterday and was blown away. Thanks for reading my mind and getting back to me so fast.

By Anonymous sanders, at 11:58 AM  

sorry to disappoint but the beef faded a long time ago. It wasn't even a beef directed only at Cuiz. It was meant more as a statement on sexist lyrics in french rap. Cuiz is just an easy target. The girl's got some clever rhymes though. Too bad Feadz isn't her DJ.

By Blogger Anne, at 12:00 PM  

Tes posters de LilJon recouvrent ceux de Magic Jonhson...

is that a comment on the aids epidemic or what?
and they say electro is apolitical.

By Anonymous sanders, at 12:04 PM  

oh, crazy, i just heard this track for the first time last week on some other blog that claimed it was a love song about cuizi. I guess they didn't see the english titlekopmslek.

By Blogger Saelan, at 8:52 PM  

hot chip is playing the /commodore/? that's, um, a bit aggressive on the part of the promoters...

By Blogger Hanson, at 1:54 AM  

just so you know, the song je veux te voir translates in english to i want to see you. maybe americans call it that but it's nbot the true title.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:01 PM  

Even with my crappy 100-;evel Canadian French I knew that... the "Short Dick Cuizi" tag came from when the mp3 was originally leaked. Considering the subject matter of the song it makes sense.

By Blogger Quinn, at 4:17 PM  

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