Dragon Fli Empire collaborates with Raistlin for his debut LP [News]
Calgary, AB – Calgary’s own Dragon Fli Empire (DFE) recently collaborated with French rapper-producer Raistlin for his debut EP, Mon Échappée Belle. DFE duo, MC-producer Tarik “Teekay” Robinson and DJ-producer Adam “DJ Cosm” Hicks, are featured on the track ‘The Heartbeat / Battement Cardiaque,’ which Robinson says is about, “staying focused through the storms of life.”
The track features a throwback-inspired beat that is reminiscent of Masta Ace—or maybe even Common, circa early 2000s— and includes both French and English lyrics. The result is a mellow danceable beat and very listenable lyrics—regardless of whether you speak English, French, or a combination thereof. DFE first met Raistlin during their first European tour in 2011—which was sparked by the popular Urban Jam music festival held in the French Alps.
“Raistlin was part of the crew putting on that festival in 2011 and opened for us during our second show in Chambery,” said Robinson. “He played with a DJ and a live trumpet player and killed it.” During DFE’s short stay in France, Raistlin taught them about French hip hop and Robinson gained a huge appreciation for it. “It’s been said that France is second in the global hip hop scene only to USA in terms of popularity, and there is so much history,” said Robinson.
Although Robinson attended French immersion school in his youth, he admits he only attempted French rapping several times and the results were “awkward.” Raistlin kept in touch with DFE after the festival and eventually approached them regarding a possible collaboration for his album. “I wrote my entire portion, including the English hook, and he was inspired by that to do his verse and the French hook,” said Robinson. DJ Cosm added the cuts, and within a few months the track was finished.
Raistlin – The Heartbeat / Battement Cardiaque ft. Dragon Fli Empire
To listen to “The Heartbeat / Battement Cardiaque,” or to download Mon Échappée Belle, check out Raistlin’s profile on Bandcamp.
Written by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada
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