Reaffirming what makes him different: in the hip-hop circuit, where anyone who wants to break through, and then last, often feels obliged to fit in, Antoine Valentinelli has chosen to stand out. On the jacket of Flip (2017), his impressive debut album, this Parisian who has worked with Roméo Elvis and Caballero is depicted dressed and made up like a woman. He bewilders with a slow flow, staccato rhymes, foggy vibe, and singing with an unabashedly pop accent. Rap? Possibly, unless it’s not. Already a gold record and nominated for the 2017 Victoires de la musique award show, Lomepal (“the pale man”, when pronounced in French) is jubilantly opening up a genre now subject to powerful changes, serving up impactful and atypical songs (“Yeux disent”, etc.) that, as an ensemble, paint the portrait of a generation.