An extract on #beatmaker
The name of the band is pronounced in various formats like "Mille neuf cent quatre vingt quinze" or "Dix neuf quatre vingt quinze" or "un, neuf, neuf, cinq" or "un, double neuf, cinq". Despite offers for signing, the band has remained strongly independent through their own "Undoubleneufcinq" label (meaning onedoubleninefive).
The 6 members of the group are :
Alpha Wann - aka Phaal or Philly Phaal
Areno Jaz - aka Jupiter Jaz or Darryl Zeuja
Fonky Flav' - aka Fonk'
Nekfeu - aka Nek le Fennek or Nekflamme
Sneazzy West - aka Sneaz' or Sneazzy
DJ Lo' - aka Lo' or Hologramme Lo'
The first five are rappers, whereas Lo' is a beatmaker and DJ. The rap group was established by Alpha Wann and Areno Jaz. Later on, it was expanded to include Nekfeu and Sneazzy (who went to the same school as Alpha Wann). Fonky Flav' was met through some Myspace postings and became the producer of 1995's materials.
After starting at rap competitions and open mic events in their various Paris and provincial venues, they realized the impact of the rap scene. They followed the establishment of various other rap collectives, founders Alpha Wann and Areno Jaz decided to expand P.O.S (literally Porteur Officiel de Sac--dos / or Petite Organisation Scred) into a bigger formation paying tribute to the 1990s.
The band released "Dans ta rssoi" that garnered quickly more than 5 million views on YouTube followed by "Hi Haters". They became a constant presence in different battles including the famous Rap Contenders.
Their first EP containing 8 self-produced titles entitled La Source was released in France in June 2011. It reached #23 in the SNEP French official charts., and #7 in downloads in its first week of release. Their Facebook attracted 130.000 followers. and their YouTube accumulated 12 million views.
Various members also release their own materials and projects like En Sous Marin EP by members Nekfeu and Alpha Wann, a net-EP by Sneazzy, or a mini-LP solo by Areno Jaz titled Alias Darryl Zeuja.
In March 2012, their second EP was released under the title La suite distributed by Universal Music Group in agreement with the band's label. The band embarked on a tour and series of appearances in music festivals to promote the album.
Projects of membres
(name of member in parenthesis)
2009 : Lowfficieux (Beatmaker : Hologram Lo', rappers : 1995 and other)
2010 : Mme Signature (Nekfeu with his other band, S-Crew)
2011 : 5 Majeur (Nekfeu with his other band, 5 Majeur)
2011 : 925 (Beatmaker : DJ Lo' and other, with 3 songs which contains rap )
2011 : #Nothing (Sneazzy)
2011 : En sous-marin (Alpha Wann & Nekfeu)
2012 : tes vous prts? (Sneazzy)
2012 : Alias Darryl Zeuja (Areno Jaz)
2012 : Mtamorphose (Nekfeu with his other band, S-Crew)
2012 : Le singe fume sa cigarette (Beatmaker : Hologram Lo', rappers : Lomepal et Caballero)
2013 : Soleil d'hiver (Beatmaker : Hologram Lo', rapper : Georgio)
2013 : Seine Zoo (Nekfeu with his other band, S-Crew)
2013 : Variations (Nekfeu with his other band, 5 Majeur)
2013 : Rue Du Bon Son (Areno Jaz with his other band, X.L.R)
2014 : Alph Lauren (Alpha Wann)
2014 : Jeunes Entrepreneurs (Nekfeu, Alpha Wann & Fonky Flav' with the rap collective L'Entourage)
2014 : Deeplodocus (Hologram Lo')
2014 : InnerCity (Hologram Lo' & Darryl Zeuja)