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Melanie Georgiades (alias Diam'sS), is a French rap
star. She was born in Nicosie, capital of Cyprus on July 25, 1980 . Diam
grew up in the suburbs of Orsay; in the south of Paris, France. She was
surrounded by a huge mix of music and credits "Goldman, Francis Cabrel,
and Dance Machine!" as her early influences.
As a teen, Diam and a number of her neighborhood girlfriends became very
interested in rap music. She loved writing poetry and was fascinated by
the idea of creating a persona and influencing others with words and music.
At age 14 she takes her name Diam's by a shorted dictionary definition
of the word diamond "an ornament and luxury article. Diamonds are
made up only of natural elements. Diamonds can be broken only by another
By age 15 she had her own "posse" and was doing her own versions
of rap music. Against the wishes of her mother, Diam's, had her first
concert with a pal of school. She integrates the collective of the Trece
She begins to get notices by radio personalities for her numerous gigs
and participation in freestyle events. Her fan base begins to grow. She
becomes known on the hip-hop scene as the tomboyish rapper.
She contributed to the launch of the 'theatrical rap' concept, and began
to grow in popularity. In spite of a lot of hype and a well received debut
12", Diam rapidly fell apart because of contractual hassles and Diam's
played no part in the making of their first album.
Diam's debut solo album was released in 1999. At the fairly tender age
of nineteen she laid down an notable calling card for the future: PREMIER
MANDAT. This album was produced by Black Mozart, and featured US guests
DV Alias Krhist and Heather B alongside French artists Mr R., Driver,
and Vibe. The album stood out thanks to such tracks as C'est toi qui m'gêne
and Si je dois rester (performed to a Tracy Chapman sample).
Diam's felt sure that she was on the summit of crossing over, but the
record proved to be a commercial failure. Diam's focused on the live performances.
IN a span of 2 years, she had completed more than 50 show. "a lot
for somebody without a booking agent." Diam'S was on the Sachons
Dire Non tour and played the Francofolies festival, but remined without
a record company. "I had my second album ready, I just wanted to
get it out, but I was doing loads of small night-time jobs, basically
making less and less progress."
She met Choukri, who at the time was representing Idéal J and he
later became her manager. He made the decision to get her artistic life
back under control, and Diam's reacted with a changed sense of purpose.
She was making her first comeback at 19 years old.
Contacted by Marc from Générations 88.2 radio, Diam'S recorded
Suzie for a compilation of his, a move that got her right back into the
swing of things.
Despite this, the major labels didn't bite. Diam's anger shone through
in her writing. She made three demos: Brut de femme, À quand mon
heure, and Ma souffrance. Doore began to open for Diam's.
Diam's signed an album deal with EMI, and the release was scheduled for
April 2002. Diam's released a two-track EP featuring the songs Pogo and
1980. Unfortunately, changes in management at EMI pushed her album right
off the release schedule, and to make matters worse, pirated tracks started
to find their way onto the Internet.
Although disappointed by these setbacks, it only made her more determined
to become successful. She headed back to the studio to work on new raps
as well as rework some of her other compositions. In the process, she
transformed her second album into a work of real maturity.
She signed a deal with Hostile and the album called BRUT DE FEMME was
The album is filled with tears, and energy and laughter and sensuality.
Madame qui?, produced by Djimi Finger, introduces a new element into French
hip-hop with words written specially for Diam's by Lino from Ärsenik:
"I've got rhymes, standing up lit with fire/God's hidden lightning
in this tiny girl."
The album include great tracks including Mon répertoire (a track
that drops the name of every French rapper in exactly 5 minutes 30 seconds).
Famous comic Djamel Debbouze helped to get the project together. He's
Diam'S biggest fan, an unswerving supporter of Mélanie the MC.
Diam's hit the Live 8 stage in Versailles and the crowd went wild.
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