La Fonky Family (often shortened to La Fonky, or La FF) are a French hip hop group from Marseille. They are composed of four rappers, Le Rat Luciano, Menzo, Don Choa and Sat, the producer Pone, DJ Djel, the dancer Blaze[disambiguation needed], the singer Karima, Flex (fetus) Nandell, and manager Fafa.
Fonky Family made their first appearance on the French hip hop scene in 1994, after IAM had paved the way for new hip hop artists originating from Marseille. In 1995, they appeared in the song titled Les Bad Boys de Marseille on Métèque et mat, the first solo album by IAM's Akhenaton. Their first album, Si Dieu veut, came out in 1997 and soon received a gold album. Karima left the group before the release of the album.
In 1998, the group were invited to collaborate with Akhenaton on the soundtrack of Luc Besson's film Taxi. The film became a huge success and its soundtrack topped the French charts. After numerous collaborations with different members of IAM on their solo albums, the group released an extended play (EP) record with six live and edited titles, titled Hors série volume 1, in spring 1999. Hors série volume 2 was released in 2000.
Their second album, Art de rue, came out in 2001. After that, many members of the group chose to pursue solo careers: Le Rat Luciano had already released a solo album in 2000, and Sat and Don Choa followed in 2001 and 2002 respectively. DJ Djel produced two compilations in 2001 and 2003.
In January 2006, Fonky Family released their third album Marginale Musique (Jive/Sony BMG), which debuted on the French charts straight at number one.
Fonky Family have a global music publishing deal with BMG Music Publishing.
Fonky Family's track "La Furie et la Foi" was used as the soundtrack for French skateboarder JB Gillet's part in the film "Rodney Vs Daewon Round II".
- 1998 : Si Dieu Veut...
- 1999 : Hors Série Volume 1
- 2001 : Art 2 Rue
- 2001 : Hors Série Volume 2
- 2006 : Marginale Musique
- Fonky Family - Official site
- Fonky Family at MCM.net
- Fonky Family Biography at Radio France International