According to a recent article by the Global Post, Shtar Academy is quickly climbing the French iTunes charts with their debut rap album. After performing in prison talent shows the group was formed from a trio of convicted felons. Their group name come from France's talent show "Star Academy, and "chtar," a slang word for jail.

Shtar Ac, as the group's known, was the brainchild of Mouloud Mansouri, an ex-con turned DJ who now organizes writing groups and concerts in penitentiaries across France — a country with one of the fastest-growing prison populations and highest rates of prisoner suicides in Europe.

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