FREEZE CORLEONE. Scheduled at a festival in Rennes, rapper Freeze Corleone was finally banned from performing in March.
Freeze Corleone, Persona non grata reindeer. The rapper was to perform in Rennes, at the Boomin Fest, on Saturday March 18. But, in a decree published this Tuesday, February 28 and relayed by several media including West France, the city made it known that the “performance of the show given by rapper Freeze Corleone, scheduled for March 18, 2023, is prohibited on the territory of the City of Rennes.” Pattern ? The words of the rappers in some of his songs, which had already earned him a number of controversies.
In its decree, the city of Rennes qualifies these remarks as being “genuine provocations and incitement to hatred, even to violence, illegal remarks calling into question the republican values and national cohesion.” It is also mentioned “a proven risk of disturbing public order is to be feared in this period and therefore requires the banning of this show.” Several associations such as the president of the Breton delegation of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF), had called for the cancellation of this concert.
For now, the festival Boomin Fest did not communicate on this cancellation, highlighting, again Monday evening, the programming of Freeze Corleone.
Who is Freeze Corleone?
The criticisms against Freeze Corleone and his texts are not new, many Internet users having already pinned him for racism or anti-Semitism. Born on June 6, 1992 in Les Lilas in Seine-Saint-Denis, Freeze Corleone, Issa Lorenzo Diakhaté of his real name, did his high school in Dakar and lived for a while in Montreal. He became known with his collective, 667, also nicknamed the League of Shadows, which brings together rappers from Lyon, the Paris region and Dakar.
He released his first album, In search of dailancein 2010 and began to make a place for itself in the French-speaking rap landscape and imposed drill music from 2016. His latest album, The Phantom Menace, released in September 2020, exploded the counters with 5.2 million streams in 24 hours on Spotify. Drugs, money, conspiracy theories… Freeze Corleone’s texts are regularly controversial. But on YouTube, each of his clips attracts hundreds of thousands of curious people, followers or detractors…