Police cordon, teasing on social networks… Great tension between rappers Booba and Vald at the Francofolies in La Rochelle

Act I: Vald, sitting in the back of a truck, with his escort, takes selfies with his fans, behind the big stage, on the way Booba must take to get there. However, since this winter there has been increasing tension on social media between Booba and Vald, two big rap sellers, against a backdrop of accusations of inflated listening numbers on music platforms.

The festival management encouraged Vald to look elsewhere, which he did. So, a cordon of thirty CRS was deployed there to ensure the arrival of Booba, who finally arrived more than an hour late on stage (after midnight instead of 11 at night). Vald was on the main stage of the Francofolies at 7:45 pm Act II: Vald was back, with his supporters, to boo Booba’s truck when he came out at 2 am, behind the CRS cordon.

The police device made it possible to avoid a remake of the famous general fight in which Booba, and another rap rival, Kaaris, had been protagonists at Orly airport in 2018.

“You lose the ball, saw it”

All day Friday, Booba and Vald had been looking for each other on social media. “Good concert, we want peace, believe me, you don’t want war,” Booba began. “You lose the ball, you saw it, it’s you, you promise a slap and (there) you want peace twice in the same tweet, I (I) didn’t say anything, I didn’t do anything,” Valdés responded.

Vald, who celebrated his 30th birthday on the Francofolies stage – receiving cake with candles during his concert – appeared during his show with around thirty companions around him. “Remember it’s my first part huh. You can send your slaves back, we don’t want to hurt you,” Booba joked on Twitter seeing the images of all these relatives – some bodybuilders – around Vald.

Vald then posted on Instagram a photo of himself sprawled on a deckchair, with his cake, at the foot of the stage, appearing to be waiting for Booba.

Arriving on stage at night, Booba couldn’t help but throw swords at Vald, mocking the microphone of the people around him “recruited in Fitness Park” (complex of sports halls). Booba continues to have the same sense of retort, also joking about these La Rochelleans who attend Francos’ concerts from the balconies of their neighboring apartments. “Well, you, on the balconies, have not paid, but you can still enjoy it,” launched the nicknamed the Duke of Boulogne.

SCH hits the mark

Booba put on an agreed show, just like Vald before him. And finally, the best rap concert tonight will have been given by the one who was content to do the job, SCH, spent between Vald and Booba.

Dressed in a costume that mixes styles of bullfighter, mariachi and tango dancer, SCH gave the port of La Rochelle the appearance of the Old Port of Marseille, his city. The Marseille rapper even lit two cigarettes for the last songs of the show, so comfortable on the big Francos stage.

With more sought-after sound productions than the rest of La Rochelle’s tonight rappers (Ziak, a debutante, gloved and masked, opened the show), SCH delighted Francos’ audience. A title like “Rifle” (“You haven’t seen me change my shoulder gun/I’ve got time, I’m short on sleep”) hit home, eliciting waves of raised hands from the audience. The ending, the hit “Organized Band”, a collective song from the Marseille scene (Jul, SCH, etc.), gave it a grand finale.

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