“We use my career as a pretext to explain how four young people from the northern districts of Marseille managed to fill stadiums…”
End of 2021, never show that to anyone, the docuseries on the youth of Orelsan, filmed by his brother through the years, had generated quite a buzz. Tomorrow is Soprano who will tell his atypical journey on Disney +, in To life, to death, a documentary in six episodes which looks back on his childhood in the 80s in the northern districts of Marseille until the recording of his last album in 2021. An original production for the streaming platform with big ears, in which we discover the great friendship that reads Saïd M’Roumbaba (alias Soprano) to his three childhood friends, Mateo, Djamali and Mej, the three other craftsmen of his artistic epic, from Psy 4 de la Rim to his solo box with more than 3 millions of albums sold!
“It’s been a very long time since we thought that we have a life that looks like a movie or a series. As the years went by, the projects growing, Saïd’s career growing, we said to ourselves that something had to be done about it now. If only to inspire new generations “, tells us Mateo, whom Première was able to question, before the launch of the doc. “We have a story that interests not only fans of Soprano. We wanted a documentary that went beyond that and we came up with this idea of a docu-series, on Soprano and on everything around him, human adventure and friendship. »
Because in To life, to death, Sopra’s hits don’t really punctuate the episodes. Music is part of the decor. ” The main point is really how we grew up and lived together for 25 years, with the ups and downs that entails. We wanted to do something that goes beyond the framework of musical documentaries and that takes on a more societal form, to better highlight the elements that have built us. Those who allow us to better understand ourselves and to better understand Saïd’s career. Raising the perception that we can have of Soprano. »
The Disney + series indeed describes all these strong moments that marked the career of Saïd M’Roumbaba, a kid of Comorian origins, passionate about music and hard worker: “ We use my career to explain how four young people from the northern districts of Marseille managed to fill stadiums. My career is in fact a pretext to recount these life journeys “, continues Soprano for Premiere. “ After all, it wasn’t luck that made it work. This is the power of our work. We believed in it and we worked a lot, a lot, a lot for it. We were in the studio at 5 a.m. We were meticulous, organized, passionate. But it really is hard work. And that’s also what we wanted to show in the series. That success did not fall from the sky! It took resilience and determination to overcome it all. The fact that we are several, it gave us a collective strength and it is a value that we want to show in the series. »
The end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s as a backdrop, the documentary also tells of an era. Always stuffed with Mateo, Djamali and Mej, from college to neighborhoods, little Saïd lived with his band of friends “ the birth of rap, the rise of the National Front, and also the murder of Ibrahim Ali… All of that was part of our landscape, all of that marked us and it allows us to understand how we were built. The concept of the Cosmopolitani album, which we released 20 years later, in 2014, was born from these moments and from Ibrahim’s death in particular. The series makes it possible to show that our music thus starts from these events which go back a long way… »
That go right back to Sidney and its cult show, HIPHOP., broadcast between 1984 and 1985.” Shock. It was shock. You can’t know” gets excited Soprano thinking about it. “A black one, on Sunday afternoon, on TF1… It was the first! To see him dancing on his head, with neon clothes and all that. It really marked us. We recognized each other on TV. And then we didn’t realize it at the time, but it was the beginning of hip hop for us, in France. We took this new culture in the face. The day I met Sidney, for the first time in person, I was a child again! I said to him: You may not be aware of it, but it is thanks to you that I am here today! Because without his show, we would never have felt represented. We might never have wanted to rise to something so huge. Seeing young people from the neighborhoods dancing on the first channel, it changed a lot of things for us and many others…”
Became a real popular star, former juror of The Voice and The Voice Kids, Soprano contrasts with the image of the bad boy rapper. To the point of being on Disney + today! A “mainstream” validation that he fully assumes:
“Benny B, for purists, at the time, it wasn’t rap, because he was on TV. He was too commercial. But now it’s all part and parcel of rap. Mentalities have changed. Urban artists, thanks to the Internet, have been able to express their style, without being blocked by radio, TV or other. In rap, we can listen Soprano with the family or listening to harder songs for the lyrics, more festive songs for the clubs… It’s magnificent! If you want to listen to rap, today, there is everything and it’s an evolution that we have felt for 30 years. I don’t think Sidney would have ever imagined that rap could one day be so entrenched in popular culture…”
An evolution to see in the docuseries To life, to deathonline from this Wednesday, June 15.