David Guetta's first recording was "Nation Rap
," a 1990 hip-hop collaboration with French rapper Sidney Duteil. During the late 1980s he was a hip-hop DJ touring France, hosting competitions where rappers battled against each other. Guetta would DJ and scratch, and MC-wannabes would then rap on the top with a potential prize of being signed by Island Records.
The tour was a success, and Island suggested Guetta lay down a single. Though he protested that he didn't know how to make a record, they put him in the studio. "I had no idea what I was doing," he recalled to Billboard
. "I did manage to do something with this French rapper."