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Meet Medine, the pugnacious French rapper who has politics in his lyrics

Medine performing in Lyon, France, this month. Fans call his music enlightening and educational, but far-right critics say it disguises radical viewpoints

Elian Peltier | NYT 

The French rapper Médine often compares his music to boxing: In a career spanning 15 years, he has thrown countless hooks and barbs. His two favourite targets, the political far-right and religious fundamentalists, have punched back. Médine, who is Muslim, has received death threats from right-wing activists, and in 2015, he found out that he was on an ISIS kill list. The blow he received in September knocked him out for weeks. After months of outrage from far-right activists, who started a petition accusing Médine of “singing violent lyrics in the ...

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First Published: Fri, December 14 2018. 22:11 IST