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Youssoupha Mabiki, better known by his nickname Youssoupha (French pronunciation: ​[jusuˈfa]; born in Kinshasa on 29 August 1979) is a French rapper of Congolese descent.

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Youssoupha in January 2013 at the NRJ Music Awards ceremony.
Background information
Birth nameYoussoupha Mabiki
Born (1979-08-29) August 29, 1979 (age 40)
Kinshasa, Zaire
GenresFrench rap, Conscious rap
Years active2005-present

Early life and careerEdit

He was born to a Congolese father, the musician and Congo-Kinshasa political figure Tabu Ley Rochereau and a Senegalese mother. After spending his childhood in Congo-Kinshasa, at the age of 10, he moved to France to live with relatives in Beziers, then Osny, Cergy and Sartrouville. He finished his French baccaleureat at Académie de Versailles with high grades and continued with Cultural Mediation, Communication at Roanne and La Guillotière. After obtaining his master's degree, he consecrated himself to music.

His first album Frères Lumières was a trio with two other friends. They released a maxi single. He was also involved in many musical projects including the album Tendance by the band Bana Kin (with Sinistre Kozi Philo and Mic genie).

His own street DVD was released at end of 2005 as Eternel Recommencement followed in 2006 and was signed to Hostile record label. After working with a number of renowned rappers, he released his debut studio album in March 2007 titled À chaque frère ("To Every Brother") containing collaborations from Diam's, Kool Shen, S'Pi and Mike Génie.

His second album came out in October 2009 called Sur les chemins du retour ("On the Ways of Return"), alongside an international tour. In preparation of his third album, he also released a downloadable Digi-tape En noir et blanc - En attendant Noir Désir ("Black & White, Waiting for Black Desire") where he included some remixes of the album. In January 2012, he released his third studio album Noir désir ("Black Desire") featuring Taipan, Corneille, S-Pi, Sam's, Indila, LFDV and his own father Tabu Ley Rochereau"

In popular cultureEdit

  • He took part as songwriting teacher at the French reality television program Popstars.
  • In 2009, French journalist Éric Zemmour opened a lawsuit against him accusing him of public threats for diabolizing the banlieues.[1] Youssoupha responded in an interview with Le Parisien that he advocated non-violence, but was pointing out the contradictions of Zemmour.[2] He also responded with his single "Menace de mort" (meaning Death threat in English) with clips from various television programs quoting anti-immigrant sentiments expressed by media figures.[1]





Year Album Charts Certification Notes


2007 À chaque frère 32 FRA: Gold
2009 Sur les chemins du retour 21 FRA: Gold
2011 En noir et blanc - En attendant Noir Désir (Digitape) 117
2012 Noir Désir 3 7 FRA: Platinum Also known as Noir D****
2013 On se connaît 138
2015 NGRTD 4 82 6 12 FRA: Gold Also known as Négritude
2018 Polaroid Experience 18


Year Single Charts Album

2011 "Menace de mort" 43 Noir desir
2012 "Histoires vraies"
(feat. Corneille)
(feat. Indila & Skalpovich)
14 65
"Les disques de mon père"
(feat. Tabu Ley Rochereau)
"On se connait"
(feat. Ayna)
9 7 61 Non-album release
2014 "Boma Yé" 138
2015 "Entourage" 77
"Public Enemy" 158 NGRTD
"Smile" 54
"Chanson française" 143
"Love Musik" 168

Featured in:

Year Single Charts Certification Album

2012 "I Know" (Remix Street version)"
(Irma feat. Youssoupha)
138 Letter to the Lord
2013 "Paname Boss"
(La Fouine feat. Sniper, Niro, Youssoupha, Canardo, Fababy, Sultan 7)
54 42 Drôle de parcours
"Il se passe quelque chose"
(La Fouine feat. Youssoupha)
"Coeur de Guerrier"
(Big Ali feat. Corneille, Youssoupha and Acid)
Urban Electro
(Fally Ipupa feat. Youssoupha)
Power World
(Ayọ feat. Youssoupha)
Ticket to the World
2016 "Bada Bing"
(Cris Cab feat. Youssoupha)
"Musique nègre"
(Kery James feat. Lino & Youssoupha)
2017 "Grand Paris"
(Médine feat. Lartiste, Lino, Sofiane, Alivor, Seth Gueko, Ninho & Youssoupha)
"Pourquoi chérie"
(BMYE feat. Naza, KeBlack, Youssoupha, Hiro, Jaymax & DJ Myst)
24 43
"La danse du matin"
(BMYE feat. Hiro, Naza, Jaymax, Youssoupha, KeBlack & DJ Myst)
2018 "PLMV"
(Médine feat. Kery James & Youssoupha)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Le Monde: Eric Zemmour porte plainte contre le rappeur Youssoupha pour menace (in French)
  2. ^ Le Parisien: Un rappeur s'en prend à Eric Zemmour (in French)
  3. ^ "Mafikizolo, Uhuru, Davido lead nominations for MTV Africa Music Awards". Sowetan LIVE. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b c d Youssoupha page Archived June 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "Youssoupha – Polaroid Experience". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
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