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Formed by Kool Shen (Bruno Lopes), Joey Starr (Didier Morville) and DJ'S, NTM (a slang abbreviation that roughly translated to a sexual act involving one's mother) came to prominence in the nascent period of French hip-hop, and would remain in the public (non-musical) eye with their heated confrontations with authority. The core duo of Shen and Starr first began work on their craft in 1989, and within a year were featured on a Paris radio program, and competed in the Coupe de Paris des DJs. Their first foray into the studio, to record the track "Je Rappe" for the Rapattitude compilation, led to a national tour, which would be just the ticket to score them a deal with music giant Sony. Their debut single quickly followed, and within a year, the band released their first album, 1991's Authentik. More success followed the band that year, as they were invited to the New Music Seminar in New York City, and play a triumphant show at Paris' Le Zénith. Their next album, however, would become not only the source of their greatest -- or most infamous -- hit, but also would begin a series of run-ins with the long arm of the law. A single from the album 1993...J'appuie Sur la Gâchette, "Police," took direct aim at the French police, and made accusations to their incompetence and corruption. A case was filed against the group, and while the case was thrown out, boycotts and noteriety began to become a regular bedfellow of NTM. 1995 saw the release of their next album, the more accomplished and sophisticated Paris Sous les Bombes. While commercial success and a continuing upward movement in ability were becoming the norm for NTM, so was further flak from the "Police" single. Concert promoters became wary of the group, and police again brought charges against NTM after an anti-cop tirade preceded their performance of the song. Over the next couple of years, the band was distracted by jail time (Joey Starr was found guilty of assaulting a flight attendant) and outside business interests -- both Starr and Shen had outside labels (B.O.S.S. and IV My People, respectively) and output of NTM slowed to a near halt. A few remixes of classic NTM material, as well as an EP, surfaced, but outside of compilation material, NTM had ceased releasing original work. 2002 saw Joey Starr begin a solo career. ~ Chris True, Rovi

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