One of the historical French rap bands, NTM stands for "nique ta mère", i.e. "fuck your mother", the major insult of the 90s. Coming from Saint-Denis, a poor suburb of Paris, Joey Starr and Kool Shen were originally breakdancers, part of the "93 NTM" possee which featured such luminaries as graffiti artist Mode2. They rapidly moved to rap and shocked the French public with their name of course, but also with their violent, Public Enemy-inspired sound produced by DJ S. Their 1990 debut album "Authentik" remains a classic of French hip-hop. Their famous anti-cop lyrics got them into trouble several times with the French judicial system but they only got sentenced when they insulted cops outside of their songs.
DJ S left the band after their second album and the two rappers broke up after their fifth album. They produced other artists under the B.O.S.S. (headed by Joey Starr) and IV my people (headed by Kool Shen) labels. Kool Shen released a solo album, "Dernier round" which he claims is his last as a rapper. After making headlines with his violently antisocial behavior, Joey Starr cooled down, releasing an autobiography and campaigning for the youth to register for voting. In 2006, he released a solo album "Gare au jaguarr".