The first genuine rap superstar in France, MC Solaar rose to national fame and international acclaim in the '90s with the release of his albums Qui Seme Le Vent Recolte Le TempoProse Combat and Paradisiaque, though he first found success in 1990 with his huge hit "Bouge De La". His style has elements of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul (who he once toured with) and he's clearly influenced by jazz and the music of Afrika Bambaataa. Solaar has recorded with Guru and Missy Elliott, and his track "La Belle Et Le Bad Boy" was even featured on an episode of Sex And The City. His studying of languages at university is certainly a big factor for his dense lyricism, complex wordplay, and ability to rap in multiple languages. Pound for pound one of the fiercest MCs in any language, there has been a void in French rap since Solaar stepped away from the scene a few years ago.