Shooting locations of the series Validated
Skyrock, 37 Bis Rue Greneta, 75002 Paris
It’s the excitement in the Planet Rap show. Its host, Fred Musa receives Mastar (Moussa Mansaly aka Sam’s), the fashionable artist. Surrounded by all his friends but also by DJ SNO (Franck Gastambide) and Inès Belmadi (Sabrina Ouazani) his artistic director, he presents his new album.
Not far from the radio headquarters, Clément (Hatik) and Brahim dit Le Chinois (Brahim Bouhlel) arrive to deliver some dope to Nico, one of the show’s technicians. They ask him to come up to meet Mastar, their favorite singer. They’re repressed.
Clement manages to get on the air by phone. Fred then invites him to join them. Without shirking his duty, the young teenager starts rapping by clashing his idol. This audacity is crowned with success.
The first episode of season 1 is almost exclusively shot in one of Skyrock’s studios. FM radio created in 1986 by Pierre Bellanger, still his boss today, it wanted to counter the predominance of NRJ, Max Guazzini’s station.
Specializing in rap and R’n’B, Skyrock has many programs dedicated to these musical genres in its schedule. The radio’s flagship show is Planète Rap, created by Fred Musa in 1986. Broadcast from Monday to Friday from 8 to 9 pm, it focuses on live performances and interviews.
20 rue des fossés Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris
Apash is invited to the premises of Jangle Music to speak with Inès, the artistic director of the production company. She tells him that his feat with Mastar has been the most streamed for a few days, with 60,000 downloads.
Around the table, there is also the rapper classified by the young artist. Against his will and because he’s jealous, Mastar gets used to the idea of creating a clip with Apash. Nevertheless, he offers to do his part alone on his side, so as not to appear with him.
The rue des fossés Saint-Jacques was created in the middle of the 17th century. 190 m long, it was celebrated in Georges Moustaki’s song Rue des fossés-Saint-Jacques, featured on the album Le métèque. The facades of the bakery and the butcher’s shop, at n°16 and n°18, are classified as historical monuments.
The place where Apash, Brahim and William lived…
Place Paul Langevin, 93300 Aubervilliers, France
The three childhood friends live in the buildings of this square in Aubervilliers. In the series, this place is very present. Spectators can see it in particular when Brahim, Apash and William (Saïdou Camara) discuss their projects on an old sofa. One can also perceive all the knowledge of the young rapper.
But one of the highlights of the first season was Mastar’s call-up. The famous musician, jealous of Apash, wants to make the buzz. He’s on his way to this square. In his 4×4, he calls the Aubervilliers police station to denounce the grouping of young people, one of whom has a revolver. This is all wrong, of course. Armed with a pistol, he gets out of his vehicle and heads towards the gang. A fight breaks out, the police arrive and Mastar is arrested. The scene is filmed and goes around the social networks. He succeeded in his goal: to make his new song talk and discredit Clement’s friends.
The Adidas Showcase
3 rue des rosiers, 75004 Paris
To make her foal known, Inès obtains an invitation for a showcase in the Adidas boutique on rue des rosiers in the 4th arrondissement. William, Brahim and Apash go there at night. They’re like crazy. Stars, influencers, alcohol and clothes or shoes; everything is flowing.
Clement spots Louise (Liv Del Estal) in the distance. If she is not a rapper, she offers a set, including the song Follow, because she is the muse of Adidas France.
Validated is based on a high quality soundtrack, coordinated by Sam’s, Mastar in the series. Viewers can listen to tracks by Hatik – Apash in the series – himself a rapper and author of the Folding Chair project, but also Gim’s, Lacrim, Soprano or Ninho. They also play their own roles in the series. The soundtrack of the series was recorded in 2019 at Polydor Records. The album was released on March 20, 2020.
The After Rap sur Mouv’ show
Radio France Maison de la radio; 116, avenue du Président-Kennedy, 75220 Paris
Several times in season 1, Apash appeared on the After Rap show. He is interviewed for the first time by Pascal Cefran. Instead of talking about his record in preparation, the host questions him about Mastar’s arrest in his city. Embarrassed, the rapper manages to dodge the question.
Created in 1997, Le Mouv, today, Mouv’ is a Radio France station specialising in urban cultures, electronic music and hip-hop. The After Rap show airs every Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m. It notably debriefs the week’s rap news and proposes debates in the French-speaking hip-hop sphere.
Kool Shen’s apartment
54 rue du poteau, 75018 Paris
In order to be quiet and far from their city, Kool Shen lends his apartment to Apash, Brahim and William. Then in a second step, the latter decides to give a sum for the rent.
Playing Apash in the series, Hatik was born 1992 in Guyancourt in the Yvelines. He started rap at the age of 16 and became famous for his mixtape America 2 – Knowledge and Style. His universe is very much linked to life in the cities. His favourite themes are trafficking, exclusion or delinquency. His charisma, his flow and the great resemblance in his career with the hero of Validé seduced Franck Gastambide to sign him in the series.
The prison of Fleury-Mérogis
7 Avenue des Peupliers, 91700 Fleury-Mérogis
After the Paul Langevin Square brawl, Mastar serves his sentence in this prison in episode 7 of season 1. It is within these walls that the rapper reflects on his actions to counter Apash’s rise to prominence.
A wild Apash concert is also organized in front of the gates of the venue. After the fiasco of his private set at the Nouveau Casino, the young rapper brought fans to the venue to put some big sound in the ears of his rival, Mastar.
Opened in 1968, this prison is located in the commune of Fleury-Mérogis. Among his illustrious inmates was Jacques Mesrine, public enemy no. 1 from 1973. She is evoked in 2017 in Mamacita, a piece by Ninho, himself in the cast of Validé’s first season.
5 rue Henri Barbusse, 93300 Aubervilliers, France
Brahim and Apash come to eat a kebab in this fast-food restaurant, a place they often frequent. One of the Chinese guy’s buddies comes to explain that the ticket sales site for the surprise concert is unavailable.William then arrives and sets the record straight: all the tickets were sold out in 5 minutes.
If Saidou Camara, William’s interpreter, was cast while living in a home, Brahim Bouhlel was spotted by Franck Gastambide thanks to his Instagram stories.
109 rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris
In an attempt to ride the wave and catch Mastar off guard, Apash decided to organise a surprise concert at the Nouveau Casino in Paris. Ines succeeds in convincing LaCrim to come and sing with Clement.
If the seats would have sold very well, the result is appalling. There’s no one there. It’s a failure. In order not to remain on this admission of impotence, Apash organizes a wild concert in front of the Fleury-Mérogis prison where Mastar is locked up.
Opened in 2001, the Nouveau Casino is a nightclub and concert hall with a capacity of 380 people. It welcomes rock, hip-hop and electronic music artists.
Anjou at Fernando’s
71 rue du poteau, 75018 Paris
After participating in the Planète Rap show on Skyrock, Apash meets Louise on the terrace of this restaurant. They’re chatting over a beer. The charm is working. L’Anjou chez Fernando is a restaurant serving French cuisine from 10 to 15 €.
Franck Gastambide, the director of Validé, made his first foray into cinema in 2000 on the set of Mathieu Kassovitz’s The Crimson Rivers. So a dog trainer, he is contacted by an animal specialist for the 7th art. The filmmaker then uses his rottweilers and pitbulls. The 20-year-old befriends the director.
3 Boulevard Michelet, 13008 Marseille
Apash is surprised. At the end of the line is Soprano live from the Velodrome Stadium where he is soon to perform. The rapper invites the young man to come and make a sound during his show. Clement is over the moon. He agrees.
The pseudonym Apash was chosen by Franck Gastambide’s teams because the young Clement Sabayo aka Hatik has Amerindian origins. He’s Guyanese. Mastar’s, played by Moussa Mansaly aka Sam’s, is linked to his physique. His name must have been imposing to others.
The Zenith of Paris
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
The Zenith in Paris is the starting point of Apash’s tour. An important moment where all his family, friends and fans are together. To create a buzz, Clement has the idea of being abducted in front of the Skyrock premises. All this is part of his storytelling. Apash arrives on stage handcuffed, hooded and surrounded by two dogs. He takes off his chains and the show can begin.
Validé’s Season 1 figures are excellent for Canal +. With 15 million viewings in just a few days of operation, MyCanal, the group’s streaming platform, explodes its records. Season 2 is currently being written and will be filmed next summer for broadcast in 2021. Franck Gastambide makes it his priority before starting the direction of his new feature film, an action comedy.
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