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|Birth name||Sylvain Richard|
|Born||17 February 1979
|Genres||Hip hop, French rap, jazz rap, turntablism, electronic music|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, disc jockey, composer, beatmaker, producer, graphic designer|
|Associated acts||Hocus Pocus, C2C, AllttA|
Sylvain Richard (born 17 February 1979), better known by his stage name 20syl, is a French rapper, disc jockey and producer. He is a composer and MC in the group Hocus Pocus, and member of beatmaker collective of DJs C2C, quadruple world champion DMC Team. He published his first EP, Motifs, in 2014, followed by Motifs II in 2015. During his career, he also produced for artists and groups such as Diam's, Disiz, Kohndo, Slum Village, Fabe, Scred Connexion, Nakk, Sully Sefil, and is involved in projects such as Just Us vol.1 or Original Bombattak.
20syl, originally a graphic designer, graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts in Nantes Métropole. He began his musical career in his room with his parents in Rezé. In 1995 20Syl and Cambia released their first mixtape, Première Formule. Recorded in a makeshift studio, the first self-produced cassette is sold in the courtyard of their school. In 1997, they associate with DJ Greem, a high school friend of 20Syl to form the group Hocus Pocus, and release their first album as a trio, Seconde Formule, in 1998. Hocus Pocus mixes elements specific to hip-hop (scratches, samples, rap) to an instrumental sound influenced by jazz, soul and funk. Alongside Hocus Pocus, they create in collaboration with DJ Atom and DJ Pfel, a group called C2C (Coups2Cross). C2C was the world champion DMC team four years in a row from 2003 and 2006. They found the collaboration of two MCs and a DJ did not work on stage and went their separate ways; 20Syl continued his productions and DJ Greem invested specifically in C2C. In 2001, 20syl worked again with DJ Greem and Cambia on stage as Hocus Pocus. The same year, they created the label On & On and released the maxi Sick, which sold around 4000 copies. Three years later, they released the album 73 Touches (in reference to the number of piano keys). Largely influenced by jazz, they refer to Miles Davis and Billie Holiday. Mathieu Lelièvre on keyboard, Hervé Godard on bass and David Le Deunff on guitar complement the duo. The same album was reissued in 2006 with a new version of Sick and six new titles. The album Place 54, released in October 2007, increased their willingness to create acoustic hip-hop. For this album, they signed with the label Motown France in to promote and distribute it. The album was well received and attracted interest from mainstream TV and radio. In 2008, Hocus Pocus was nominated for a Grammy in the category "Best Urban Contemporary Album". 20syl published his first solo EP, Motifs, on the 9 June 2014; the site sourdoreille.net considers this EP as "a real gem" whilst wordplaymagazine.com praises 20syl's style as "frankly remarkable". His second EP, Motifs II, was published on 11 May 2015. Regarding the cover of Motifs II 20syl explains: "For the first volume, I played on the contrast between the zebra and the checkerboard. For this one, I wanted another animal. I like animals with a solemn air, which release an aesthetic force. When I came across this owl, I found him mysterious and chic. I also chose the motif of the opposition in the checkered plumage. It is a way to symbolize the two aspects of my music: electronic and organic. This refined and enigmatic image raises questions." In July 2015 in Nantes, 20syl presented the U, an interactive musical skateboard ramp (in collaboration with the collective Herrmutt Lobby). herrmuttlobby.com says regarding U "The skater is the musician and the ramp is the instrument. He composes and decomposes the rhythm, he breaks down initial binary arrangements, making the digital human again for a moment." In September 2015 The Apple Keynote used a piece of 20syl to promote the functionality of Siri on the Apple Watch in their "Choose Colorfully" advertisement. In late 2015, 20syl published a remix of the Pulpalicious song How I Feel. In January 2016, he published his first year production entitled Inertia. Also in January 2016, he published a remix of the song Walk Walk by Yael Naim. In 2016 he formed the group AllttA (A Little Lower Than The Angels) with the Californian rapper Mr. J. Medeiros. Their debut album, titled The Upper Hand, was released on February 17, 2017.
2014 : Motifs 2015 : Motifs II 2017 : The Upper Hand (AllttA)
1999 : 20Syl's Remix Tape
2002 : 20syl - On and On (track 13 on the mixtape 1son2rue by Cut Killer) 2006 : Sixième Sens - Herbes de Provinces (feat. 20syl, Prince d'arabee, Orelsan, Gringe) 2007 : Amelie (Mr. J. Medeiros feat. 20syl) 2012 : Pale Blu Dot (Mr. J. Medeiros feat. Shad (20syl Remix)) 2012 : Le sucre pimenté (Remix) (Oxmo Puccino feat. Orelsan, Greg Frite, Busta Flex, Grodash, Youssoupha, Dabaaz, 3010 & 20syl) 2013 : Kraked Unit - Chinese Puzzle (20syl Remix) 2013 : Rihanna - Stay (20syl You Can't Be Serious Remix) 2013 : Gush - Sieblings (20syl Remix) 2013 : Moongaï - Cosmofamille (20syl Remix) 2013 : Game, Set & Match 2013 : Electro Deluxe - Devil (20syl Remix) 2013 : Blitz the Ambassador - Respect Mine (feat. 20syl, Emicida, Y'akoto) 2013 : Elodie Rama - City of Hope (20syl Version) 2013 : Dtwice - Devil's Tune (20syl Remix) 2013 : Misteur Valaire - Don't Get Là (20syl Remix) 2013 : Room Bang (Grems feat. 20syl) 2013 : My Heart (Letters to the Sun feat. 20syl) 2014 : Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit (20syl Remix) 2014 : La Fine Équipe - Kouign Amann (feat. 20syl & Kafutchino) 2014 : Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (20syl Remix) 2014 : Shuko - The Same (feat. CL Smooth & 20syl) 2014 : Yelle - Complètement fou (20syl Remix) 2014 : Game Set & Match II 2014 : V052 V1M 2014 : Coin Banks - Thomas Lawrence (feat. 20syl, Tab-One, Anders & The Ruby Horns) 2014 : Pigeon John - Boomerang (feat. 20Syl) 2014 : Bet Dap Goom Bown (BoomBap Festival Beat) 2014 : The Drops - Atalante (20syl Remix) 2014 : Obsession (Fixpen Sill & 20syl) 2014 : Schoolboy Q - The Purge / Rapfix Cypher (20syl Remix) 2014 : Kyla La Grange - Cut Your Teeth (20syl Remix) 2014 : 10YRS (Hip OPsession 10th Anniversary Track) 2014 : Seinabo Sey - Younger (20syl Remix) 2014 : King Krule - Easy Easy (20syl Remix) 2014 : Kendrick Lamar - Sing that Shit (20syl Juicy Remix) 2015 : Pulpalicious - How I Feel (20syl Remix) 2015 : Ibrahim Maalouf - Red and Black Light (20syl Remix) 2016 : Yaël Naim - Walk Walk (20syl Remix) 2016 : ODESZA - It's Only (feat. Zyra) (20syl Remix)
1996 : Première Formule (mixtape, with Hocus Pocus) 1998 : Seconde Formule (self-produced album, with Hocus Pocus) 2001 : Flyin' Saucer (with C2C) 2002 : Flyin' Saucer II (with C2C) 2002 : Acoustic HipHop Quintet (maxi, with Hocus Pocus) 2002 : Conscient (maxi, with Hocus Pocus) 2002 : On and On Part II (maxi, with Hocus Pocus) 2003 : Flyin' Saucer III (with C2C) 2005 : 73 Touches (with Hocus Pocus) 2007 : Place 54 (with Hocus Pocus) 2010 : 16 pièces (with Hocus Pocus) 2012 : Tetra (LP, with C2C) 2012 : Down the Road (EP, with C2C)