IAM have been around since the very start of French hip-hop, with their politically-motivated music touching on everything from racism and Islam to cultural identity. They've won French Grammys, had No. 1 singles, worked with the Wu-Tang Clan, and their efforts helped legitimise hip-hop in France as an art form to be taken seriously. The boys from Marseille don't shy away from the grim reality of life; their lyrics often reflect violence and the abusive treatment of the youth by French society. 26 years after forming, IAM are still going strong—a rare feat for a rap group—and their socially-conscious words are still inspiring millions.