Paris can often feel like an evasive kind of city, one with two distinct faces. To most outsiders, it’s the thronged open-air museum full of photo opportunities and antique tourist landmarks, a place of static and overwhelming establishment beauty. But there’s another side of Paris, one that the city itself tends to hold back for locals and those in the know. This fervent and frenetic modern metropolis is one that still permits new memories to be made, that still feels up for grabs. For the Dublin-born rapper Rejjie Snow, it took time to undress and understand it. Gradually, though, he was able to pierce the veneer that Paris puts up to protect itself and find his own way in. “I didn’t immediately understand the Parisian way of life,” admits Rejjie.“ I kind of had that ‘Paris Syndrome’ thing, plus the food was strange and it took me a while to get used to kissing people when you greet them. The first few times I was in Paris, though, it was with Americans – since then, I’ve made some good friends here who really define the essence of the city and its culture.”
The French capital has come to live inside Rejjie’s music, its presence heavy throughout last year’s debut album Dear Annie, on which the rapper wedded the whip-smart lyrical sorties and Irish-American brogue that have always marked him out from his peers with a newfound loverboy edge. “Going to Paris in my formative years really defined a lot of my understanding of the female,” he says. “Parisian women are so strong and powerful. My first time there, I saw them painting graffiti, driving buses – leading, I guess, in ways I hadn’t encountered before. ‘Mon Amour’, a vocal duet with Milena Leblanc, is the most obvious ode to the City of Lights. Its airy, swooning Francophone chorus is flushed with the exhilarating lack of care that settles on a person when infatuation strikes, while ‘Désolé’ features a spoken word interlude from Leblanc describing exactly that scenario, coupled with productions from Lewis OfMan who offers the kind of wonderfully aimless organs and keys that have been synonymous with Parisian music since Serge Gainsbourg rocked up to the party chain-smoking in the 1960s. In fact, once you start listening for Paris on the record, it’s hard not to hear it everywhere, an indefinable lightness of touch that permeates the scene-setting second tracks ‘Rainbows’, ‘Room 27’, ‘Charlie Brown’ and closing song ‘Greatness’.
“I love waking up, getting a coffee and just roaming the streets, trying to be one with the energy,”
It’s graffiti, though, that dominates Rejjie’s mind when he visits. It was one of the first subcultures in which he found a home when he was growing up in Dublin, spending his early teens leaving his mark on the city’s brick walls and rail depots – a pastime that he says kept him out of “real trouble” when he was younger and that he continues to indulge whenever he crosses the channel. The skit before ‘Mon Amour’ on his album finds him telling a chat show host: “Shit, all I do when I’m out there is eat baguettes and leave my name on vacant bus stops.”
The French capital has a long history of breeding phenomenally talented and intrepid street artists, the result, perhaps, of a slightly more laissez-faire attitude to those who wish to share a visual dialogue with the city. “I love waking up, getting a coffee and just roaming the streets, trying to be one with the energy,” he enthuses. “Paris is so fast paced. I like to keep a marker pen in my pocket and just use the city as a canvas, in a way. The architecture there makes me so happy.”
“Dear Annie was some real feelings shit,” says Snow of the album, much of which was produced with Paris-based artist and composer Lewis OfMan. “I was out there for a long time working and learning, like, one French word per day, so it inherently crept into the songs. What always inspires me most, though, are the people in the places I visit and Paris has some incredible humans and artists. People like Horfee, Saeio – RIP – and Edouard Deluc.”
It’s telling that, when asked to choose his favourite artists from the city, Rejjie names not musicians but two graffiti artists and a film director. His ambitions have always extended beyond music and even as he waits to realise them, he’s keen to take responsibility for the look and feel of his work, the influences he lets in: “My main inspirations from Paris come from film and the art world. I’ll always return to the new wave stuff from the 1950s as a reference point for my visuals and Studio 28, the arthouse cinema in Montmartre, always finds its way into my brain when I’m writing.”
“That memory will always live with me; I think it’s what made me fall in love with everything else in Paris. Despite the hardships I’ve experienced there, I feel it has given a lot to me and my art.”
Speak to most graffiti artists and they’ll tell you that the transgressive sense of mission inherent in any tagging raid is at least as much of a buzz as the act of spraying itself. It’s something that can grant you access to a side of a city that very few other people get to see, a rare glimpse of the hidden spaces that those who run cities tend to forget are there. It is, in its own way, a means of unlocking a city, of finding new routes through the sprawl and leaving a trail of visual markers in your wake, weaving yourself and your story into its fabric.
As indelible as it is invisible, the music Rejjie made on Dear Annie feels like a permanent tribute to Paris and the rapper’s time there. “I think that city is the true definition of love,” he asserts in that same album skit, a statement that is lent extra poignancy when Rejjie reels off the memories upon which his love for Paris are built. “My first romance was there,” he explains. “That memory will always live with me; I think it’s what made me fall in love with everything else in Paris. Despite the hardships I’ve experienced there, I feel it has given a lot to me and my art.”
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This notice describes which of your personal data is collected by Zerogrey S.r.l. and by TRISTATE INTERNATIONAL SA (hereinafter referred to as "us"), the purposes for this and how it is processed. You will also find the information necessary to exercise your rights under GDPR.
In general, we collect your data when you create an account on our online store http://www.cpcompany.com (hereinafter "Store"), when you purchase products offered for sale in the Store, when you send us emails or when you call us for assistance. You are hereby informed that the personal data collected during said procedures will be processed in order to respond to your requests, allow you to use the services offered by the Store through the private areas (for example, to process your orders and perform the tasks necessary to do this, including the transactions required for administrative and tax compliance and, at your request, and information) and to provide better services, marketing and support for you and other customers, as set out above.
1. Who processes your data: data controllers
Zerogrey S.r.l., a sole shareholder company, with registered offices at Via L. Colli, 15 10128 Turin, fiscal code and tax code no. 08003340018 (hereinafter “Zerogrey”) and TRISTATE INTERNATIONAL SA, RIVA ALBERTOLLI 1, LUGANO, CHE 147076577 are the joint controllers of your data.
In accordance with Art. 26 GDPR, you are hereby informed that Zerogrey is the controller of your personal data for the purposes of: processing and managing your orders, shipping the products you have bought, providing you with the necessary after-sales support, managing the return of purchased products, complying with taxation law and, subject to your prior consent, carrying out marketing activities, in accordance with the purposes and methods set out below.
In accordance with Art. 26 GDPR, you are hereby informed that TRISTATE INTERNATIONAL SA is the controller of your personal data for the purposes of: managing Store accounts when transitioning to new operators or internalising the services currently entrusted to Zerogrey; helping Zerogrey identify your location in order to abide by the legal or contractual warranties, including managing product return procedures; managing and maintaining the Store; and, subject to your consent, marketing.
2. Which data we process - Type of data processed
Your contact and account data. We will retain the contact information you provide (for example, your first name, surname, address, telephone number, email, country of residence) when you create an account on the Store, purchase a product and/or take part in our competitions or promotions.
Your payment and invoicing data. We will retain the payment and invoicing data that you provide (for example, credit card number, post code and address) when you purchase a product, for the purpose of managing your order and shipping the products. At your request, we can also retain the payment and invoicing data in order to make future purchases easier.
Website use data. By using our website, you agree for us to process the data from your browser and the device you are using, as well as your IP address (this is the number that identifies a specific device on the internet and that is needed for your device to communicate with websites). We can analyse which site you have come from, what you have done and what you have not done on our website.
3. Where we get your data - Data collection method:
Directly from you. For example, if you register to make a purchase from the Store, create an account, take part in a competition, ask us a question or contact with our call centre.
If you do not send us your data, you will not be able to register at the Store and will therefore be unable to purchase any products offered for sale.
4. Why and how long we process your data for - Purpose and legal basis for data processing; retention period
To supply the products and services you have purchased and send you information about your order or your payment. For example, we will use your data to manage your order, confirm your purchase and manage any related services, such as shipping your purchased products. We cannot manage and process your order without your data.
The legal basis for this processing is the performance of the purchase agreement to which you are party from the moment you accept the Store's terms and conditions of sale.
The retention period for your data is equal to the period required to process the order. Wherever you have created a Store account, the period will be 24 months from the date on which the data was collected.
To provide you with the necessary after-sales support in accordance with the applicable product warranty laws. For example, we will use your data to provide you with support and to manage the return and/or repair of the products you have purchased from the Store, in accordance with the applicable laws.
The legal basis for this processing is compliance with the legal requirements. The retention period is equal to the period required by law (in particular, by the Italian Consumer Code).
To correctly manage your billing status. We process your data for the accounting, administrative and tax purposes directly related to the joint controllers' business activities and required by the applicable laws.
The legal basis for this processing is compliance with the legal requirements. The retention period is equal to the period required by law (in particular, fiscal, money laundering, banking and public security laws).
So that you can interact with our customer support staff. We may use your email address or phone number, as well as your name and/or postal address, to help you if you need support when using the products you purchased from the Store.
The legal basis for this processing is the performance of the purchase agreement that you entered into with Zerogrey when you accepted the Store's terms and conditions of sale and compliance with the legal obligations regarding warranties and customer support.
It is also possible that information regarding the support or a service problem may be captured. To improve its customer support service, which is subject to the applicable laws, Zerogrey may also record and relisten to your conversations with its customer support staff.
The legal basis for this processing is Zerogrey's legitimate interest in improving the quality of the customer services it provides. In addition, Zerogrey may analyse any feedback provided voluntarily through customer surveys.
The legal basis for this processing is the consent of the interested party.
In all of the aforementioned cases, the data retention period is equal to the period during which your account is active.
To monitor and improve our products and the Store. With your consent, we analyse your usage data, preferences and consumption of our products in order to improve our approach for both you and our customers in general. We do so through automated processing that includes profiling. This is done in order to make better decisions regarding services, advertising, products and content based on a greater understanding of how our customers use our services, and to provide a more personalised user experience. For this reason, we may also collect your IDFA (Identifier for Advertising) for iOS devices and your AAID (Google Advertising ID) for Android devices so that we can provide you with targeted, relevant adverts based on your preferences and interests.
The legal basis for this processing is your explicit consent.
The retention period for your data is equal to 12 months from the date on which the data was collected.
To prevent or investigate illegal behaviour or to protect and assert rights. For example, we may use your data to prevent the breach of our intellectual property rights (for example, counterfeiting of our and/or our partners' trademarks) or theft (including credit card cloning and thefts that we believe to have occurred during a competition, activity or event) or other illegal activities, as permitted by the applicable law.
The legal basis for this processing is the legitimate interest of the joint data controllers.
The data retention period is equal to the time that is reasonably necessary to assert our rights from the point at which we become aware of the illegal behaviour or the potential to commit illegal behaviour.
For marketing purposes. Subject to your consent, you may be contacted by email, text message, telephone or other means with information or offers concerning the events, products or services available.
The legal basis for this processing is your explicit consent.
The retention period for your data is equal to 24 months from the date on which the data was collected.
Other purposes permitted by the law. In certain circumstances, we may process your data if there is a legitimate interest for Zerogrey and TRISTATE INTERNATIONAL SA, in accordance with Art. 6, paragraph 1 (f) of GDPR.
For the aforementioned purposes, personal data is processed using manual, digital and online tools with software that is closely related to said purposes and, in any case, is processed in such a way that the data is kept secure and confidential in accordance with the law.
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Internet Explorer: Click the tools button and then 'internet options'. Click the privacy tab and in 'settings' move the slider up to block all cookies.
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6. Where your data is processed – data transfer
Data will be processed and stored at the Zerogrey offices at Via L. Colli no. 15, Turin, and at the TRISTATE INTERNATIONAL SA head offices at Via Rime 38, 6850 Mendrisio (CH).
For internal administrative and organisational reasons, we may pass your data on to companies in the Zerogrey group operating within the European Union.
7. Who we share your data with – personal data recipients
On the understanding that, where required by law, we will obtain your prior consent and carry out any formalities required by the law, we will share your data with the following third parties (acting as external data processors):
Our service providers We may share your data with third parties so that they can provide us with services (for example, couriers, call centre companies, warehousing and logistics companies) but in this case we will enter into an agreement in compliance with Art. 28 GDPR for the purpose of protecting your data. These parties will only have possession of the data required to perform their functions and may use this data only for the purpose of providing services on our behalf or complying with the law. You can find out details of such data processors pursuant to Art. 28 GDPR by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where we deem it necessary for complying with our legal obligations or to legally protect ourselves or third parties. Where permitted or required by the law, we may also share the data requested by a government body or by another authorised third party or organisation for the purpose of protecting or exercising our rights or those of third parties, or for the purpose of limiting or preventing fraud (including credit card fraud or other fraud that we believe may have occurred during a lottery, promotion or event) and other illegal activities.
Our Store is not aimed at under-16s, but rather at an adult audience. If you are a parent or guardian and you think your child may have transmitted data, you can contact us.
9. Security measures
We adopt the security measures required by the law.
We adopt security measures to protect your data. The standard security measures that we use depend on the type of data that we process and meet the legal requirements and the standards of European government agencies.
10. Your rights
You can contact Zerogrey and TRISTATE INTERNATIONAL SA to request access to your personal data, modify it, delete it or limit its processing, to oppose its processing, and to request the portability of your data; you can also withdraw your consent at any time (this will not prejudice the lawfulness of the processing on the basis of the consent granted prior to the withdrawal).
When you exercise your right of access, you have the right to know whether your data is currently being processed, what the purpose of the processing is, what categories of data are being processed, who the recipients of your data or categories of recipients are (and, if they reside in a third country, what guarantees this transfer is based on), the retention period for your data (or the criteria for determining the retention period), whether automated processing is being carried out (for example through profiling), what the reason for the processing is, and the origin of the data (when not initially collected by us).
You have the right to submit a complaint to the National Data Protection Authority and, at any time, to ask the joint controllers for information about the data processors and parties that are authorised by the data controllers to process your data and the contents of the agreement between the joint controllers under Art. 26 GDPR.
You can exercise your rights by contacting either Zerogrey (at the address stated above or by emailing email@example.com) or TRISTATE INTERNATIONAL SA (at the address indicated above or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
In any case, you can modify or withdraw your consent using the Store's settings.
You can withdraw your consent to receiving marketing communications. To stop receiving marketing communications, you can access your account and change your choice or follow the instructions in the promotional message you receive. Alternatively you can withdraw your consent by emailing one of the addresses stated above.
You can change your preferences regarding marketing emails and data processing through profiling by using the privacy settings in your account or by writing to one of the email addresses given above.
11. What happens if we change this policy