Between freestyles and battles, “New School”, Netflix’s telecrochet on rap


“Do you give 100 thousand, to him? », rapper Shay asks her colleague Niska, referring to the young man who just rapped in front of her. In a tight dress, sitting between SCH from Marseille and Niska from Paris, the Belgian artist thinks out loud when choosing. Shay is the stripper of the jury of the Netflix series, New school. “100 k” is 100,000 euros, the sum that one of the twenty-five candidates will win in this telecrochet dedicated exclusively to rap. “A Hollywood Budget” believe sch.

It is not the first time that rap actors have participated in this type of show to “find the new nugget”. Former record label bosses had already served on the jury, such as Benjamin Chulvanij inpop stars”, in M6, in 2007; JoeyStarr crippled youngsters on a similar France O show, “Talent Street”, in 2015. However, this is the first time that telecrochet’s well-established and well-trodden format has been devoted entirely to rap.

As of the second episode, Netflix circumvents the first difficulty (understanding the texts of the freestyles) and systematically subtitles all the candidates. The three jurors, true stars each representing a pole of Francophone rap (Paris, Marseille and Brussels), lent themselves perfectly to the game.

hard test

SCH, which almost everyone calls “The S”, is very educational. Niska displays crazy energy to put her fellow apprentices at ease, and self-proclaimed “Pretty Bitch” Shay brings the necessary spice to keep from getting bored. They’re looking for young rappers “determine” (understood as “determined”), as they say, that he will know how to overcome his stress, he will have “attitude”, because, says Niska, “Rapping well is no longer enough.”

In the first two episodes, the jurors audition each of the candidates in their city, who come to debit their texts in front of them and their friends. Difficult, especially when the Marseillais surrounds himself with other local stars: Jul, Soso Maness, L’Algérino, first at the Stade-Vélodrome, in a luxury villa or with Soprano’s manager.

Niska remains in Evry, surrounded by his friends. He hard test for the young candidate Leys, 22 years old, who does not dismount. Niska warns: “You know, it’s hard for a rapper, it’s a shark vibe, it’s very masculine.” – but he chooses her anyway. In Brussels, Shay says he wants to go up [son] army of pretty bitches.

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The concept could spin quickly, but the young rappers in competition save the show by their freshness, their rage to win these famous “100k”. For STLR, 25, returning is out of the question “Pulling pallets, loading boxes of tomatoes.” does not fire like 8 miles (2002), Curtis Hanson’s film about American rapper Eminem, but the theme remains the same.

New school, series produced by Black Dynamite (Friday, 2022, 8 × 40 min). Episodes 1-4 on June 9, 5-7 on June 16, and finale on June 23.

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