Laouni Mouhid (born December 25, 1981 in Trappes, Yvelines), commonly known by his stage name La Fouine (French pronunciation: [laˈfwin]; English: The Weasel) or Fouiny Baby, is a French rapper, singer, songwriter and actor of Moroccan origin. He owns his own record label, Banlieue Sale Music, and his own clothing line called “Street Swagg”. He is an established figure in French rap. Read more
Passi was born on 21 December 1972, in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. In 1979, his family moved to Sarcelles, a suburb of Paris. He graduated from lycée and created the band Ministère AMER with Stomy Bugsy, who he had gone to school with. The group’s first album, Pourquoi tant de haine?, was released in 1992, and Passi was forced to end his agronomy studies at the University of Paris (Nanterre) to be able to focus on music. Ministère AMER followed up with “95200” which was released in 1994. Read more
Assassin started to take shape in ’85 after Solo (who was influenced by break dance) met Rockin’ Squat (who leaned towards tagging). Based in the Eighteenth arrondissement of Paris, they weren’t very far from their counterparts Joey Starr and Kool Shen, future NTM, with whom in fact they would start to rap.
With a third accomplice, DJ Clyde, Assassin concocted a single in ’89 which appeared on a compilation devoted to French rap music. “La Formule Secrète” came out on “Rapatitude” in 1990 with all of the newly known talents of rap, hip hop and French raga: Tonton David, Dee Nasty, and NTM among others. Read more
Housni Mkouboi better known as Rohff at times stylized as Roh2f (born in Antananarivo, Madagascar on 15 December 1977) is a French rapper.
Born in Madagascar to a family of Comoran origin, he immigrated in 1985 to France living in Vitry-sur-Seine, in south suburbs of Paris. His stage name Rohff (French pronunciation: [ʁɔf]) stands for “Rimeur Original Hardcore Flow Fluide”.
Rohff began rapping around 1990 and in 1994, he participated in the production of the album Première Classe (First Class), working on the track “On fait les choses” alongside Neg’Marrons, Mystik, and Pit Baccardi, and started becoming known to a larger audience. He is a member of the Mafia K’1 Fry, a group of rappers from Val-de-Marne composed. The group released the album Légendaire (Legendary) in 1999.
The same year, Rohff began to write his first solo album to be released in 1999 under the title Le Code de l’Honneur (The Code of Honor). Tracks included “Appelle-moi Rohff,” “Catastrohff,” “Skyrohff,” “Rohff Vs l’État,”, “Les Nerfs à Vifs”, “Génération sacrifiée,” and “Manimal.” Encouraged by the success of his first album, in September 2001, he released a second album La Vie Avant la Mort (Life Before Death). The album sold around 250,000 copies with tracks like “TDSI” “Get Down, Sam’di Soir” and “5-9-1” as a duet with Assia, and a single off the album.
But it was the single “Qui est l’exemple?”, released in the spring of 2002, that gave him his big breakthrough, selling roughly 750,000 copies. It also became his debut on the major national radio stations in France.
In 2006, he recorded “La Resurrection” as one of the soundtracks for the video game Scarface: The World is Yours. Read more
Sérigne M’Baye Gueye (born 28 March 1978), better known by his stage name Disiz, (formerly Disiz la Peste and Disiz Peter Punk), is a French rapper and actor. Born to a Senegalese father and Belgian mother, he grew up listening to rap.
He was a great fan of the French rap groups NTM and IAM. He was discovered by JoeyStarr, one of the members of the famous rap group NTM after listening to a sample tape named “Bête de bombe”.
Disiz has gained interest from the UK after his appearance on Channel 4’s campaign: “Try life in another language”. He is a follower of Islam and described his religion as his “greatest wealth” (“L’Islam est ma plus grande richesse”) Read more
Claude M’Barali better known by his stage name MC Solaar (French pronunciation: [ɛm si sɔˈlaʁ] (born March 5, 1969) is a French hip hop and rap artist with Senegalese and Chadian origins. He is one of France’s most internationally popular and influential hip hop artists.
MC Solaar is known for his complex lyrics, which rely on word play, lyricism, and inquiry. In the English-speaking world, Solaar was signed by London acid jazz label Talkin’ Loud and recorded with British group Urban Species and the late Guru, member of the acclaimed New York duo Gang Starr. He has since released seven studio records and one live album. Read more