The Brussels Bike Hundred

100 portraits, stories and bicycles

We’re teaming up with Bike for Brussels to put together a 100-strong selection of local heroes shaping the city each in their own way. From designers and DJs to performers and publishers, these are the creatives riding Brussels forward.

Fele Flingue

Fele Flingue

Rapper at le 77 (1991)

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

My name is Felix, I’m a rapper, member of Le 77 together with Piet and Morgan and I also take care of the visual identity of our crew. Before that, I used to be a member of l’Or du Commun (ODC). We started the band 5 years ago, and then my cousin Swing joined us. He’s the one I actually really started rapping with, but I don’t think I should share any material here!

How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?

Of course I was influenced by Brussels rappers like De Puta Madre for instance, but I mostly feel very attached to the city as such, think Flagey where everything started or Saint-Michel and his story. This figure is really representative of Brussels, he’s beautiful, powerful, proud of our flag and he’s our icon of protection. Graphically and historically, it’s fun to trip about him, also in the hip-hop culture because he’s like a protector against evil and a savior so the story behind him has a very urban spirit.

I feel free to go wherever I want to, riding between fences and accessing spots that are hard to find.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • Recyclart.
  • Grand Jojo (it was an honnour to be on stage right before him at Bal Populaire last year).
  • Brasserie de la Senne.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicyle use.

  • To me, cycling is the best way to start the day : it’s good for the mind and also a physical activity.
  • It’s eco-friendly.
  • And most importantly, I feel free to go wherever I want to, riding between fences and accessing spots that are hard to find. Speed also feels good. My favourite moment to listen to music and get loose is at 2 in the morning when I go back home on my bike. I love it and I’m really attached to that feeling.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • Along the canal all the way from Laeken to Delacroix.
  • The small streets from Yser/Ijzer to Sainte-Catherine/Sint-Katelijn.
  • I love cycling in the pedestrian zone in the centre.