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French-Argentine rapper Keny Arkana rose to fame as a member of the politically charged hip-hop collective La Rage du People before mounting a solo career in 2004. Her albums slowly climbed the charts in French-language markets, reaching a peak in 2011 with L'Esquisse, Vol. 2 and repeated with its sequel, 2017's L'Esquisse 3. Born in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1982, Arkana spent the vast majority of her childhood in Marseilles. The product of an impoverished family, she bounced around a series of foster homes and spent a significant chunk of her teen years as a runaway. She began writing lyrics and poetry at 13, later rapping with the Mars Patrie and Etat-Major collectives and making her recording debut on the latter's 2003 Volume 1 EP. A year later Arkana co-founded La Rage du People, a group with strong ties to the growing French alter-globalization social movement, which advocates democracy, economic justice, environmental protection, and human rights over material reward. Her debut solo single, "Le Missile Est Lancé," effectively outlined her anti-capitalist and antiwar stance. It served as the first taste of her debut full-length, 2005's L'Esquisse. Subsequent guest appearances on mixtapes, as well as records headlined by Soprano, Kayna Samet, and Alonzo, further established Arkana as a rapper of rare talent and political commitment. In 2006 she issued her sophomore effort, Entre Ciment et Belle Etoile, highlighted by the single "La Rage," a cut inspired by the civil unrest that gripped France the previous year. Despite Arkana's refusal to promote the album via mainstream outlets, it turned into a word-of-mouth smash, certified gold soon after release. The album was followed by 2008's Désobéissance and 2011's L'Esquisse, Vol. 2, which was her highest-charting effort to date. The pensive Tout Tourne Autour du Soleil arrived the next year. Following 2016's Etat d'Urgence EP, Arkana hit another chart peak with L'Esquisse 3, which entered the Top 50 in Belgium and Switzerland, peaking at number ten in her native France. ~ Jason Ankeny & Neil Z. Yeung
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  2.   Désobéissance Civile
  3.   Tu m'as trahie
  4.   Entre les lignes #2: 20.12
  5.   La Vibe & Mektoub
  6.   Un Pavé de Plus
  7.   Freestyle Beatbox
  8.   Ya urgence !
  9.   Buenos Dias
  10.   Marseille feat. Kalash L'Afro & RpZ
  11.   V Pour Vérités
  12.   Terre Mère n'est pas à vendre
  13.   Élément Terre
  14.   Réveillez-vous
  15.   La Route sera longue
  16.   Fourmilière
  17.   Esprits Libres
  18.   Tout est faux
  19.   Vie d'Artiste
  20.   Entre les lignes #1: Car nous sommes le monde
  21.   Odyssée D'une Incomprise
  22.   Freestyle Du Maquis
  23.   Nature Sauvage
  24.   Élément Air
  25.   Tout tourne autour du soleil
  26.   Élément Feu
  27.   Le syndrome de l'exclu
  28.   Cynisme vous a tué?
  29.   La rue nous appartient
  30.   Old School Dédicace
  31.   Cinquième soleil
  32.   Planquez-Vous
  33.   Laissez-moi
  34.   Lejos
  35.   Couleur Molotov
  36.   De L'Opéra à La Plaine
  37.   Abracadabra
  38.   Retour à la terre (Outro)
  39.   Je Passe Le Salut
  40.   Petit Soldat
  41.   Madame la Marquise
  42.   Le monde est notre reflet
  43.   Casse le schéma
  44.   Hors Game
  45.   Au Milieu Du Chaos
  46.   Cherche en toi
  47.   J'ai osé
  48.   Face aux Passions
  49.   La Vérité fait mal
  50.   Elève toi feat. Eriah
  51.   Fille du vent
  52.   Simple constat feat. Ména, Outlaw & Kalash l'Afro
  53.   Capitale de la rupture
  54.   De l'Opéra à la plaine 3
  55.   Une Décennie D'un Siècle
  56.   Indignados
  57.   Ordre mondial
  58.   Élément Eau
  59.   Alterlude: Pachamama
  60.   Alterlude: Le changement viendra d'en bas
  61.   Les chemins du retour
  62.   À L'Ombre des Jugements
  63.   J'arrive Du Monde De Demain
  64.   Les murs se resserrent feat. Paps & LeGonz
  65.   Gens pressés
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