French rap is in mourning. On Sunday, Scred Connexion, a reference group in the history of French rap, announced on its social networks the sudden death of Morad, one of its members. “We are very sad to announce the death of our lifelong friend and brother MORAD (member of the Scred connection) peace to his soul, who died following a heart attack,” the collective said on Instagram. “Our first thoughts are with his family and his children. Thank you to everyone who loved and supported him, his friends and loved ones.”
Known for his committed and denunciatory texts, Morad was the fifth link in the group, made up of Fabe, Mokless, Koma and Haroun. This rap group formed in the mid-1990s has always conveyed so-called “conscious” lyrics, with the leitmotif of a famous phrase often taken up by their successors: “Never in the trend, always in the right direction”.
The group has three studio albums: Du mal à s'confier (2002), Indomptés (2008) and Ni vu... ni sais... (2009). Since the announcement of Morad's death, tributes have multiplied, proof of the importance of this rapper and his group from the 18th arrondissement in the history of French rap. Important players in the hip-hop scene like Soprano, Fianso and even the journalist Mouloud Achour have paid tribute to this “very great pen” of French rap. Morad released a solo album in 2012 called Le Survivant (the nickname he gave himself).