Native Tongues Slept on Artist: Lucien Revolucien

Artwork by Dirt_Dog

“Escargot, Lucien, you eat snails
(Hey yo Tip, what’s wrong with snails?)”

Lucien Revolucien is a French hip-hop artist who was influential in the hip-hop movement in France in the 1990s. A Tribe Called Quest included a song dedicated to Lucien (“Luck of Lucien”) on their first LP, “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.” Common also featured a similar song on his album Electric Circus, “Heaven Somewhere”. He has been affiliated with the Native Tongues Posse; a group that includes A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Black Sheep and The Beatnuts. (He is the only outside producer who made a song for The Beatnuts: “Ya Don’t Stop” on their first album, Street Level).

Thanks to digitalmullet and dirt_dog for compiling Lucien’s discography. Lucien was also part of the Hip-Hop Against Apartheid movement who released Ndodemyama(Free South Africa) in 1990. Unfortunately, I don’t have it and cannot find it online. I also included a posse cut featuring Lucien, Lord Finesse, Strictly Roots, & True Culture which was released on Africa Bambataa’s 1991 album that wasn’t included on digitalmullet’s compilation. Enjoy,

His Beats
01 Dana Barros-Check It (Produced by Lucien) (1994)
02 The Beatnuts-Ya Don’t Stop (Produced by Lucien) (1994)
03 Suprême NTM-Plus Jamais Ça (Produced by Lucien) (1995)
04 Al’ Tariq-Spectacular feat. A-Massacre, God Connections Problemz, SK & Sean Black (Produced by Lucien) (1996)
05 Afro Jazz-Perle Noire (Produced by Lucien) (1996)
06 Afro Jazz-Paris <-> New York (Produced by Lucien) (1996)
07 Afro Jazz-Perle Noire (Instrumental) (Produced by Lucien) (1996)
08 Afro Jazz-Tout De Go feat. Fdy Phenomen, L. Loco & Papalu (Produced by Lucien) (1999)

His Raps
01 Jungle Brothers-Feelin’ Alright (1989) (Background Vocals)
02 Jungle Brothers-Belly Dancin’ Dina (1989) (Background Vocals)
03 Jungle Brothers-Black Woman (1989) (Background Vocals)
04 Jungle Brothers-I Get A Kick Out Of You (1990) (Background Vocals)
05 Lucien-(Intro) Funky Piano/From A Town Called Paris/Outro) Donkeys (1993)
06 Kurious-Top Notch feat. Kadi, Psycho Les & Lucien (1994)
07 Alliance Ethnik-Jamais À L’Heure feat. Lucien & Psycho Les (1995)
08 Guru-Lifesaver feat. Lucien & Baybe (1995)
09 Afro Jazz-Guerre Des Nerfs feat. Lucien & Supreme NTM (1997)
10 Afro Jazz-3 Spliffs Et 1 Freestyle feat. Lucien (1997)
11 Afro Jazz-Parias Vs Etat feat. Lucien (1997)
12 Arsenik, Lord Kossity & Papalu-Les Lascars (1999)
13 NTM feat Lucien -Check The Flow (1995)

His Tributes
01 A Tribe Called Quest-Luck Of Lucien (1992)
02 Common-Heaven Somewhere feat. Omar Lyefook, Bilal, Cee-Le & Jill Scott (2002)


Bonus: Afrika Bambaataa & Family – The Decade Of Darkness 1990-2000

B2 Steppin’ Hard Zulu Nation
Featuring [Rap] – Lord Finesse , Lucien , RMR , True Culture
Producer – DJ Fashion

— Thomas V

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18 Responses to “Native Tongues Slept on Artist: Lucien Revolucien”

  1. Antonio says:

    I think he is facing the chair or life in prison. Am I wrong?

  2. Cee-Kut says:

    Slept on? An artist who just produced few beats and kicked a couple of mediocre verses? I don't see why…

  3. Cenzi Stiles says:

    Antonio, could you be mixing it up wit Chi Ali? He's in prison. Lucien was down with the Zulu Nation, I don't think he is in jail.

  4. Anonymous says:

    No, I did read that Lucien is locked up. I think I read it in an old inteview with De La or Q-Tip 3 or 4 years ago.

  5. Anonymous says:

    no…he's not in jail. he was on tour this year with supreme ntm.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wasn't aware of this dude, thanks for the heads up, nice bit of history

    Dope Hip-Hop books –

    Check The Technique http://www.waxfacts.com
    Can’t Stop Won’t Stop http://www.cantstopwontstop.com
    How To Rap http://www.howtorapbook.com
    Classic Material http://www.o-dub.com/classic/classic.html

  7. Krisch says:

    Thanks for this compilation, there some tracks I didn't know.

    Last year I read the name Lucian featured on some tracks by Butta Verses and thought it might me Lucien, especially cause BV is affiliated with De La, V.I.C. etc. The same Lucian also appeared on french producer Dela's album. This Lucian is singing, so I'm pretty sure it's not Lucien. Can anybody clear that up?

    @Cee-Kut: I think Lucien is interesting for similar reasons as Vinia Mojica. Cause he's popped on lots of classic records while remaining kind of a mystery

  8. Beatworxx Files says:

    Thanks for this!!
    You will find Ndodemnyama on my blog:



  9. thomasv says:

    Thanks A Lot, Beatworxx Files!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    "An artist who just produced few beats and kicked a couple of mediocre verses"????
    Yo!? ARE U CRAZY??? this guy Lucien is a legend who made the world bounce with some of his words and beats he made.. Much love to him! What have u done in ur life mister Cee-Kut, uh?? u just sound like one of them haters with a hip hop name who didn't do sh*t for hip hop… Well, he did!

  11. Anonymous says:

    No, sorry, the two people, died… burned. Firemen's chief said that the temperature was over 1 000 degrees.

    • flipburg@gmail.com says:

      Is this Fox News ?? No, we are talking about music here, on this blog. Art, not personal life. But if you want to take us there, as far as i know he paied his dues Your Honor, you can’t take that away from him. No suspect, and he turns himself in, that’s regrets and courage to me. It was an accident isnt it ?
      Now back to his work in music: Tribe called quest, the beatnuts, De la soul, Baambataa, Common, X clan, Guru, jungle brothers, and more, + some of the french stuff that i don’t understand… hey, he sounds good to me. Let him go.

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