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Ali Bouali, stage name Ali B (born 16 October 1981), is a Dutch rapper of Moroccan descent.[1] He is one of the most well known rappers in the Netherlands[2][3] and he has performed together with Akon and Dutch artist Marco Borsato. In 2007 he made an Arab Remix of Akon's song "Ghetto."

Ali B
Ali B - 13-09-2008 1.jpg
Ali B in 2008
Born
Ali Bouali

(1981-10-16) 16 October 1981 (age 37)
Zaanstad, Netherlands
OccupationRapper, singer, songwriter
Years active1999-present
Spouse(s)Breghje Kommers (m. 2006)
Children3
Websitewww.alib.nl (in Dutch)

He is seen as a prominent figure in Dutch inter-ethnic relations.[4]

In 2011 he was given his own television-show for broadcast on TROS -station; Ali B op volle toeren invites young rappers and (established) artists of other genres to make cover-versions of each other songs. Since 2013, Ali B has served as a coach on The Voice of Holland (replacing Roel van Velzen) and The Voice Kids (replacing Nick & Simon). In 2016 Ali B released a single with long-time collaborator Brace and chart-topping reggae-artist Kenny B.

In 2017 he made his acting-debut in the Belgian movie Patser'; the premiere was early 2018.

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Breghje Kommers, the half-sister of professional footballer Abel Tamata.[5]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Year Album Peak positions Certification
NED
2004 Ali B vertelt het leven van de straat 19
2006 Petje Af 42
2016 Een klein beetje geluk 7

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak positions Album
NED
Dutch
Top 40

NED
Single
Top 100

2003 "Waar gaat dit heen?"
(with Karima)
Tip 19 57
2004 "Ik ben je zat"
(feat. Brace)
3 2
"Wat zou je doen"
(with Marco Borsato)
1 1
2005 "Leipe mocro flavour"
(feat. Yes-R & Brace)
2 2
"Wat zullen we drinken (7 dagen lang)"
(with Bots)
- 98
2006 "Rampeneren"
(feat. Yes-R & The Partysquad)
4 6
"Wij houden van Oranje (2006)"
(feat. André Hazes )
2 2
"Zomervibe" 28 50
"'Till morning"
(feat Ziggy)
38 42
2007 "Dit gaat fout"
(feat. Gio)
20 23
"Je weet zelluf"
(with The Opposites)
- 59
"Groupie love"
(feat. Yes-R, Gio & Darryl)
9 3
2008 "Baas"
(with Sjaak)
- 19
2009 "Me boy"
(with Yes-R & Lange Frans)
Tip 11 -
2011 "Troubadour 2011"
(with Kaiser)
- 50
"Rosamunde 2011"
(with Yes-R & Brownie Dutch)
38 7
"Summertime"
(feat. Brace & the Sleepless)
Tip 16 20
2015 "Terwijl jullie nog bij me zijn"
(feat. Ruben Annink)
32 4
"Wanneer gaan we weer naar huis?"
(feat. Glen Faria)
- 57
"Gekke kleine jongen"
(feat. Glen Faria)
- 20
2017 "Glimp van de duivel"
(feat. Nielson)
28 94
"Ik ga weg"
(with Boef)
- 5
"Voy a bailar"
(feat. Boef, Rolf Sanchez & Redone)
9 17
"Obesitas"
(with Mula B feat. Dopebwoy)
- 58
"Paranoia"
(with Glades, Mula B feat. Lijpe)
- -
2018 "Niet verwacht"
(with Lijpe & Ismo)
- 70
"Bentayga" Tip 2 -
"Amsterdam Marrakech"
(feat. Ahmed Chawki, Soufiane Eddyani & Brahim Darri)
- 71
"Dana"
(with Cheb Rayan, R3HAB feat. Numidia )
Tip 10 42
"Meli meli"
(with Numidia feat. Ronnie Flex)
Tip 4 6
"Spectakel"
(feat. Boef & Ronnie Flex)
- 55
"Waar Ben jij Nou"
(feat. Jim van der Zee)
- -
2019 "Sneaky Money"
(featuring Chivv & Boef)
- 18

Featured in

Year Single Peak positions Album
NED
Dutch
Top 40

NED
Single
Top 100

BEL
(Fl)

2005 "Hartendief"
(Brace feat. Ali B)
7 5 -
"Het kind"
(Brace feat. Ali B & J-Rock)
38 35 -
2006 "Ghetto (remix)"
(Akon feat. Ali B & Yes-R)
3 2 -
"Hard to Get"
(Gio feat. Ali B, Party Squad & Ambush)
Tip 4 41 -
"De leipe Bauer flavour"
(Frans Bauer feat. Ali B & Lange Frans)
- 14 -
2008 "Eeyeeyo"
(Darryl feat. Ali B, Soumia & Rio)
29 10 -
2013 "Koningslied"
(Nationaal Comité Inhuldiging featuring various artists including Ali B)
2 1 41
"Muziek"
(Marco Borsato feat. Bag2Bank & Ali B)
9 1 Tip 8
2017 "Ego"
(Mula B feat. Ali B)
- 77 -
"Money voor mij"
(Kosso feat. Ali B & Boef)
- 74 -
2018 "Slow down"
(Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike x Quintino feat. Boef, Ronnie Flex, Ali B & I Am Aisha)
18 4 -
"Willie"
(Oualid feat. Ali B, MocroManiac & Kippie)
- 80 -

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category
2000 Poetry Slam
2004 Essent Awards
2004 Megaward
2004 Zilveren Harp
2004 Dutch Urban Award
2004 Mobo Award Best Dutch Urban act
2004 Buma Cultuur Pop Award
2005 Mobo Award
2005 Kids Choice Award Best Kaaskop
2005 TMF Awards Best newcomer
2005 Nightlife Award
2006 TMF Awards Best Urban Act
2007 3FM Awards Best R&B/HipHop Artist
2012 Gouden Televizier-Ring Best TV program for Ali B op volle toeren (nomination)
2012 Zilveren Televizier-Ster Man Best male host

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ van Wijk, Jetteke (4 April 2007). "Dutch rapper Ali B. in Middle East". Radio Nederland Wereldomroep. Retrieved 22 January 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Kooijman, Jaap (2008). Fabricating the absolute fake: America in contemporary pop culture. Amsterdam University Press. p. 113. ISBN 90-5356-492-6.
  3. ^ Miezkowski, Sylvia; Smith, Joy; de Valck, Marijke (2008). Sonic interventions. Rodopi. p. 269. ISBN 90-420-2294-9. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  4. ^ "The rapper Ali B has charmed the Netherlands. Can he stay above the fray?". The Economist. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Abel Tamata bonkt op de deur bij PSV" (in Dutch). BN/DeStem. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2015.

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