Booba

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Booba
Birth name Élie Yaffa
Also known as B2O
B2OBA
Kopp
Saddam Hauts de Seine
Le Duc de Boulogne
Born (1976-12-09) December 9, 1976 (age 37)
Origin Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Genres French Rap, gangsta rap
Occupations Rapper, fashion designer, entrepreneur
Years active 1994–present
Labels Tallac Records, Universal, Barclay Records, Because Music, 45 Scientific, Musicast l'Autreprod
Associated acts Ali, Diddy, Ryan Leslie, Akon, Bushido, T-Pain, Nessbeal, La Fouine, 92I, Tony Parker, 113, Rock City, Alborosie, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross

Elie Yaffa, better known under his stage name Booba (French pronunciation: ​[buˈba]) is a French rapper. After a brief stint as a break dancer in the early 1990s, Booba partnered with his friend Ali to form Lunatic. The duo released a critically acclaimed album in 2000 but disbanded in 2003. Booba has since embarked on a successful solo career, selling more than ten million discs over his career[1] and becoming the most legally downloaded artist in French history.[2] Today, Booba is an icon of modern French pop culture, typically revered for the quality of his flow and beats but often criticized because of controversial nature of his lyrics. He has also established the label Tallac Records specializing in rap and hip-hop. Booba has also developed his own line of jewellery in cooperation with a well known jewellery label Tony Bling.

Biography[edit]

Elie Yaffa was born on December 9, 1976, in the outskirts of Paris in Sèvres. His father is Senegalese and his mother is French. He took the name of Booba, in honor of his Senegalese cousin called Boubacar.

He took his first steps in the music business with his friend Ali and together, they formed the duo Lunatic in 1994. Unable to secure a record deal from a major label because of their controversial lyrics, they created their own independent record label 45 Scientific in 1999. The following year, Lunatic released its first and only album entitled Mauvais œil.

In 2012, Booba obtained a Green Card, thus becoming an American Permanent Resident. He lives in Miami, Florida.

Career[edit]

In 2002, Booba released his debut solo album Temps mort. He followed this up with four further albums: Pantheon, Ouest Side (the most successful),[3] 0.9 and Lunatic. In late 2012, he released his sixth solo album Futur.

Style[edit]

Booba was influenced by the American hip-hop stage of on 1980s and at the beginning of on 1990s: of Mobb Deep by way of it Wu-Tang Clan but also by 2Pac and Biggie Smalls. The dark melodies accompanied with raw texts, typical of the rap from New York, are present on every album of his. He is often criticized for making the apology of easy money and murder (see the title of his 1996 album "Le Crime paie": Crime Pays). Booba advocates a reduction in the taxes and claims himself in support of individual freedom.[4] Racism is a recurring topic of his songs (see for example "Couleur ébène", "Pitbull"), although he sometimes deliberately advocates communitarian positions.[5]

Other activities[edit]

  • He has a clothing line "Ünkut" that he created in 2004.
  • Booba has had training in the sport of boxing.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
FR
[7]
BEL
Vl

BEL
Wa

SWI
2002 Temps mort 2 41 FR: Gold
2004 Panthéon 3 26 25 FR: 2x Gold
2006 Ouest Side 1 12 18 FR: Platinum
2008 0.9 6 27 60 FR: Gold
2010 Lunatic 1 1 24 FR: 2x Platinum
2012 Futur 4 74 5 14 FR: Platinum
2013 Futur 2.0 6 28
With Lunatic
  • 1996: Le Crime paie (maxi single)
  • 1998: Sorti de l'ombre (album still unreleased)
  • 2000: Mauvais œil (official and only album)
  • 2006: Black Album (compilation / unofficial album)

Mixtapes[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
FR
[7]
BEL
Wa

SWI
2005 Autopsie Vol. 1 66
2007 Autopsie Vol. 2 8 98
2009 Autopsie Vol. 3 2 19 FR: Gold
2011 Autopsie Vol. 4 2 32 64 FR: Gold

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Certification Album
FR
[7]
BEL
Wa

Ultratop
BEL
Wa

Ultratip*
2002 "Destinée" (feat. Kayna Samet) 41  –  – Temps mort
2004 "Avant de partir"
(feat. Léya Masry)
24  –  – Panthéon
2006 "Au bout des rêves"
(feat. Trade Union & Mister Rudie)
22  –  – Ouest Side
2010 "Caesar Palace"
(feat. P. Diddy)
 –  –  –
"Ma Couleur"  –  –  – Lunatic
"Jour de Paye"  –  –  –
2011 "Paradis" 99  –  –
"Paname" 48  –  – Autopsie Vol. 4
"Bakel City Gang" 30  –  –
"Vaisseau Mère"  –  –  –
"Scarface" 20  – Tip 23
2012 "Caramel" 10 42  – Futur
"Tombé pour elle" 16 44  –
2013 "A.C. Milan" 7 19  – Futur 2.0
"T.L.T" 16 44  –
"Turfu" 11 34  –
"RTC" 13  – Tip 15
"Parlons peu" 5 27  –
"Longueur d'avance"
(feat. Maître Gims)
13 48  –
"2.0" 41  –  –
"Une vie" 44  –  –
"Billets verts" 87  –  –
2014 "La mort leur va si bien" 7  –  – TBA

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Others releases
Year Single Peak positions Album
FR
[7]
2012 "Jimmy" 108 Futur
"Kalash" (feat. Kaaris) 116
"Wesh Morray" 121
"Rolex" (feat. Gato) 131
"Tout c'que j'ai" 150
"C'est la vie" (feat. 2 Chainz) 153
"1.8.7" (feat. Rick Ross) 158
"2Pac" (feat. Rick Ross) 191
Featured in
Year Single Peak positions Certification Album
FR
[7]
2011 "Corner"
(Gato feat. Booba & Philly Poe)
"Cruella"
(Shay feat. Booba)
2012 "Call of Bitume"
(Rim'K feat. Booba)
72

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Booba : Lunatic – Chroniques – Booba – Toutes les chroniques sur Waxx-music. Waxx-music.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-30.
  2. ^ Booba : L'année nous appartient, interview vidéo sur NRJ12. melty.fr (2011-01-03). Retrieved on 2012-12-30.
  3. ^ BOOBA : Biographie de BOOBA. Monsieur-Biographie.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-30.
  4. ^ Interview at. lehiphop.com
  5. ^ HHQC Entrevue Avec Booba (Partie 3). Dailymotion.com (2006-10-26). Retrieved on 2012-12-30.
  6. ^ Le rappeur Booba se reconvertit a la boxe – nils leblanc sur LePost.fr (10:23). Lepost.fr (2007-12-19). Retrieved on 2012-12-30.
  7. ^ a b c d e LesCharts.com: Booba. lescharts.com

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