Fous ta cagoule

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"Fous ta cagoule"
Single by Fatal Bazooka
from the album T'As Vu ?
B-side Playmobitch dirty south remix
Released November 18, 2006
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Rap, Parody
Label Warner Music
Writer(s) Dominique Gauriaud, William Geslin, Jurij Prette, Nicolas Brisson, V. Desagnat, B. Morgaine, M. Balanca, Michaël Youn
Producer(s) Dominique Gauriaud, William Geslin, Jurij Prette, Michaël Youn
Michaël Youn singles chronology
"Iznogoud"
(2005)
"Fous ta cagoule"
(2006)
"Mauvaise Foi Nocturne"
(2007)

"Fous ta cagoule" (French for "Put your balaclava on") is a song by the humorous rap group Fatal Bazooka with Michaël Youn, the first single from its album T'As Vu ? released in 2007. This song achieved a huge success in France and Belgium.

Background and writing[edit]

The group transposes the urban style within the framework of the snow-covered mountains of Savoy, and caricatures certain French rappers there. The music video was produced by Nicolas Benamou.

The single peaked at #1 in France[1] in January 2007.

Having gained one big hit, it sold more than 550,000 copies in France.

Description[edit]

Two rappers are cold while in the French department of Savoy. To avoid getting sick, they put a ski mask on and suggest to others to follow suit.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • A sequence of the song shows a man sitting on the toilet, suffering from gastro-enteritis because of the cold. It is a parody of the French slammor Grand Corps Malade. It starts with “I would like to throw a slam on this disease…” (reference to its Saint-Denis song) and finishes by “the next time, I will put on my hoodie.” (reference to his song Les Voyages en train which finishes by “the next time, you will take drank.”) This character reappears in the song Crêpes au froment and it is named there “Large Sick Bottom”.
  • Another sequence shows rappers from Marseille. One starts to quickly sing nonsense with a very strong Marseille accent. It is called “Fonky Profanation”, and it is supposed to be a parody of Fonky Family, in particular of the song Bad Boys de Marseille (the passage of the Rat Luciano and Don Choa). Its logorrhée is so incomprehensible that a friend says to him “But Ho, don't you understand; no-one understands what you're saying?” to specify “… it to him is not that, but there is a precise message, you see…” what is supposed to parody the “reasons” for many rappeurs who say to pass a “message” through their songs sometimes badly received. Profanation Fonky will remake a small appearance in Mauvaise Foi Nocturne and Crêpes au froment.
  • The refrain is inspired by the introduction of the song Hardcore by Ideal J, where one hears “Insane your hood already!”.[2]
  • The piece takes again a sample of Woman to Woman of Joe Cocker (already used by Dr. DRE for the tube of Tupac California Love).
  • A sequence at the beginning of the clip shows a thermometer which goes down, parodying the Température clip of Sean Paul (one one sees also a thermometer who climbs).
  • Ouais Gros” of the beginning of the song are a reference to group 113, while the “dedications” of the end are current in the pieces of rep.
  • The names of the list of dedications are themselves parodies of artists and hip-hop groups (“Pandi-Panda for Booba, Pitbull de Flipper for Pit Baccardi…) One finds a list even more complete of parodies of artists in the song Crêpes au froment.

Cover versions and parodies[edit]

This song, by its big hit and its broad diffusion on the music channels and Internet, was the subject of several parodies:

  • Christmas 2006, the firemen of the Geneva International Airport turned on the tarmac and in the general headquarter a clip with the song Fous ta cagoule, when their chief was not there. This video, entitled Fatal SA, Fou ta cagoule (also known under Fous ta cagoule, pompier), met a great success on Internet. The men involved in the video were later reprimanded for unauthorized use of fire equipment and degrading the image of the fire department.
  • The organizers of the “Morning” of radio operator Le Mouv' have creates a parody of the song, Fous ta capote, at the time of Sidaction 2007.
  • At the beginning of 2007, Romano, organizer of radio operator Skyrock which animates at the sides of Difool the Radio Libre the evening and Morning of the morning, carried out a parody of Fous ta cagoule entitled Fous ta perruque in featuring with a listener who had composed the words of this one.
  • A true Savoyard group of rap, Posse 33, turned a clip in answer of the tube of Fatal Bazooka: J'fous ma cagoule, where they criticize in particular Michael Youn to make fun of them.
  • Fatal Bazooka itself did to a diversion of its own song in the album T'As Vu ?: Crêpes au froment, where the hood is replaced by crepes with wheat of Brittany, to cure the malbouffe.
  • In 2008, the song was covered by Gérard Jugnot, Lââm, Michèle Laroque, Marc Lavoine, Nolwenn Leroy, Christophe Maé and Jean-Baptiste Maunier and included in a medley available on Les Enfoirés' album Les Secrets des Enfoirés.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Fous ta cagoule" (radio edit) — 3:28
  2. "Fous ta cagoule" (Playmobitch dirty south remix) — 3:07
  3. "Fous ta cagoule" (extended Dedikass mix) — 5:09
  4. "Fous ta cagoule" (instrumental mix) — 3:28
Digital download
  1. "Fous ta cagoule" (radio edit) — 3:28

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
Belgium[3] Gold January 6, 2007 20,000
France[4] Platinum December 15, 2006 300,000 341,241 in 2006[5]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Top single Fatal-Bazooka
  2. ^ Article dans Libération
  3. ^ Belgian certifications Ultratop.be (Retrieved July 8, 2008)
  4. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved July 8, 2008)
  5. ^ 2006 best-selling singles in France Fanofmusic.fr (Retrieved July 8, 2008)
  6. ^ "Fous ta cagoule", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved July 8, 2008)
  7. ^ French Digital Chart Ifop.com (Retrieved July 8, 2008)
  8. ^ "Fous ta cagoule", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved July 8, 2008)
  9. ^ "Fous ta cagoule", Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved July 8, 2008)
  10. ^ 2006 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved July 8, 2008)
  11. ^ 2006 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved July 8, 2008)
  12. ^ 2006 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved July 8, 2008)
  13. ^ 2007 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved July 8, 2008)
  14. ^ 2007 French Singles Chart Ifop.com (Retrieved July 8, 2008)
  15. ^ 2007 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved July 8, 2008)