Artist verifiedYoussoupha

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Who is Youssoupha? Youssoupha is a hip-hop artist from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Born Youssoupha Mabiki in 1981 in Kinshasa, he moved to France at a young age and was raised in the Parisian suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois. His music is a mix of rap and world music, with lyrics reflecting the struggles of both his African homeland and the poor suburban neighborhoods in which he grew up. He has released five studio albums, collaborated with numerous other artists including Dadju and Niska, and performed all over the world.Early Life & Career Youssoupha began his career at the age of 14 when he joined local rap group Sniper. He soon caught the attention of French label Hostile Records and released his debut album Noir Desir in 2004. The album was a critical success, praised for its poetic lyrics and unique sound. His second album, Sur les chemins du retour (2007), saw him explore more traditional African rhythms. He then signed with Universal Music France and released his third album, À chaque frère (2009), which featured collaborations with French-African superstar Indila.Recent Years & Success In 2011 Youssoupha released his fourth album, Polaroid Experience. The album was an instant hit and was certified gold in France. He followed it up with the 2013 release of Les disques de mon père. The album was another success and spawned several hit singles including “On se connait” featuring Mokobéand “Tout l'amour du monde” featuring Soprano. Youssoupha most recently released his fifth album, Noir D******in 2017. The album was acclaimed by critics and features collaborations with Dadju and Niska.Philanthropy & Activism Youssoupha has been involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors throughout his career such as working with Amnesty International to help fight against human rights abuses in Africa. He has also worked with UNICEF to help improve access to education in Africa. In recent years, he has become increasingly outspoken in his activism against racism and police brutality in France.