International success hasn’t made Solking forget the Algeria he was born and raised in, but it is afflicts a portion of its people in France.
The rapper is very attached to his Algerian roots and never misses an opportunity to appease him.
A prize-winner at the NRJ Music Awards, he gave a nod to unrecognized Algeria.
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It’s Friday evening at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, southern France. The popular rapper has been nominated in the “Recovery/Adaptation” category of the NRJ Music Awards, one of France’s most prestigious music competitions.
It was not a foregone conclusion for the Algerian as the big names were also in the running. Facing the likes of David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Sons of Legend or Boris Vays, Sulking emerged victorious.
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“One two three, long live Algeria”
On his way to the stage to accept the prize, he did not fail to pay tribute to his country by echoing the famous slogan of Algerian team football supporters “One, two, three, Viva l’Algerie”. The ceremony was broadcast on TF1.
The rapper’s gesture immediately ignited social networks. On Twitter, the reactions were linked, mixing approval and unanimous gratitude from Algerians and hatred from some French people who accused him of hiding the country where he was able to display his talent.
” Oh Sulking, it’s not just the Algerian man “Reminds him of the consumer.
” Confronting Nicki Minaj, he eventually says one two three viva l’Algerie. What a joke exclaims another.
” Solking, long live Algeria, is normal and nobody says anything “,” Ah, the artist who earns his dough in France and quotes long live in Algeria “, we still read on Twitter. Some comments border on racism and originate from the same sphere that does not support Algeria for example. “You’re in France, man! ” said the French girl.
The rapper’s fans are also there to respond to his detractors. “ Where is the problem? He has a fan base that supports him wholeheartedly. “, we read in a tweet.
” Sulking and one two three Viva Algeria, sweaty FN “Surfer Ness wrote that the party was behind the attacks on the singer. ” thank you is also the most frequent message.
With his real name Abderraouf Deradji, Soolking was born in 1989 in Algiers. He moved to France in 2008, where he tried his hand at dancing, without success. He returned to Algeria where he began a career as a rapper before settling a second time in France in 2014. He is now the most listened to rapper on Youtube in Europe.
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