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Sniper - Biography
|last update : 13-11-2006 19:07|
|French hip hop group composed of four sons of immigrants from the suburbs of Paris: El Tunisiano (born Bachir Baccour, of Tunisian origin) and Aketo (born Ryad Selmi, of Algerian origin) from Deuil-la-Barre, Black Renega (born Karl Appela, of reunionnais origin) from Montfermeil, and DJ Boudj from Saint-Denis. The group was formed in 1997 under the name Personnalité Suspecte, but changed its name later, and released its first album, Du rire aux larmes, in 2001. Their second album, Gravé dans la roche, was released in 2003. In 2006, Sniper released their third album, "Trait pour trait".
Many of the group's songs handle political themes, such as the Israeli occupation of Palestine in Jeteur de pierres and a perceived injustice in the French political system in La France. This, combined with the group's at times vulgar way of expressing this, incited the French Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy to attack the group in November 2003 for the lyrics which he considered 'violent, racist and abusive'.