Youssoupha

  • France
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • The godfather of rap

Far from the bling-bling clichés of gangsta rap, where stretch limos and heaving cleavages vie for prominence, Youssoupha is the godfather of French rap. A goldsmith of words, his striking force lies in his lyrics: sometimes poetic, sometimes ironic…and sometimes an ego trip. He honed his skills playing support to some of the greats, such as 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg. His fifth album Polaroid Experience, even more authentic and spontaneous than the previous ones, is unsurprisingly carried by the power of his writing, acts and convictions. A heavyweight of rap, he has turned his pen into a weapon in his own image: powerful and generous.