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Rap artists are rarely in the good books of the older gen, usually irking those longer in years with lyrics about hoes drugs. Montreal's Dead Obies, a 6-person rap group from South Shore, is pissing off the middle-aged for a different reason, however, as they've come under fire for using French and English in their songs. God forbid.

Two separate Quebec columnists (from Le Devoir and JdeM, respectively) spoke against Dead Obies for utilizing the linguistic blend of franglais, likening the use of English lyrics as a "political battle" and a metaphoric "fvck you" to Quebec's French culture.

Members of Dead Obies do not agree. Jean-Francois Ruel (Yes Mccan in the group) called the two columnists out in the National Post, saying their conception of Quebec identity, and the never-ending feud between English and French, is old-school (in a bad way) and irrelevant to modern society.

Ruel points out that all of the members of Dead Obies are from Montreal, and speak both English and French, and any claim that they are not supportive of Quebec is ridiculous. The rapper also comments how speaking both languages is a blessing, not a curse, allowing him to comfortably speak to anyone in Montreal, Quebec, and all of Canada.

English is arguably the most-often used language for rap music, so it shouldn't seem strange (or evil) that certain phrases and slang slip into rap songs spoken in another tongue. At the end of the day, its about the music, and not a super old language debate, right?

Decide for yourself and give Montréal $ud, the group's debut album, a listen. Maybe you'll side with the negative stance and agree the inclusion of English isn't needed...or just not care at all. Hopefully it's the latter.

Make sure to follow Dead Obies on facebook here.

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