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Wizards vs. Hornets GameThread: Some French rap to listen to before the game

C’est le Jour J!

First, we’re saddened to see that a terrorist attack happened in Christchurch, New Zealand last night. Two mosques in the city were attacked by a gunman who was inspired by far-right wing white nationalist elements. Forty-nine were killed and dozens more are in the hospital. For more on that story, head on over to But our thoughts go to the victims, to New Zealanders and to the Bangladeshi cricket team who was heading to one of the mosques as this was happening. Fortunately, they weren’t hurt.

So let’s get going.

The Wizards play the Hornets tonight at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on NBC Sports Washington. And you can listen to it on Federal News Radio 1500 AM or the Wizards Mobile App.

C’est le jour J (pronounced zhoor zhee)! If you’re a Francophone, you know that I’m not referring to D-Day, which is one translation for le jour J. It is also an idiom for “The Big Day” or a date of any important event in life. It’s French Heritage Day! To celebrate, we’ll play DJ Kayz’s “Jour J” which was a popular hit in France last year. It features Scridge and Wassila who sing the lyrics about a couple on their wedding day.

Coincidentally, D-Day commemorates June 6, 1944 when the Americans invaded Normandy, a region in northwestern France. To history buffs, it’s an important region during World War II and medieval times. It’s also the home region for Wizards center Ian Mahinmi.

(And France is the home of Hornets players Tony Parker and Nicolas Batum. Parker was born in Belgium to a Dutch mother and American father but lived in Paris as a kid. And like Mahinmi, Batum is from Normandy. The Wizards’ French Heritage Game is probably more about them than Mahinmi. But still, Mahinmi’s OUR Frenchman, so let’s celebrate his homeland!)

Anyway, here are some other hip hop songs in France by French people (so no Francophone Belgians, Swiss or Canadians) that are blazin’ the charts right now.

Niska - Giuseppe

Niska is one of the most popular rappers in France and his beats sound like any American rap song, but he just raps in French. Here’s his latest hit Giuseppe which is rising in the streaming charts.

Booba - PGP (Pronounced Pay Jay Pay)

Like Niska, Booba is very popular in France. In fact, the two made a collaboration together last year called “Tubalife.” The video’s out for this one, but I’d rather not.

Koba LaD - R44

Trap isn’t just a Southern rap thing in Atlanta. Koba LaD has that covered for les Francophones!

Maître Gims - Corazon

Last, here’s Congolese-born French singer Maître Gims. His most recent hit featured Lil Wayne and French Montana who are more familiar to American audiences.

It’s also the Wizards’ 90’s postgame concert night. Look at their artists here.