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Not to be confused with Boohbah.
Booba
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Background information
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 38)
Origin Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Genres French rap, gangsta rap
Occupation(s) 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.

With his friend Ali 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.

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. In whole, Booba has ten certification discs, six Disques d'Or (Golden album), three Disques de platine (Platinum album) and one Double disque de platine (Double-Platinum album).[4] In 2011, Booba won the competition MyYoutubes, ahead popular artists like Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Sexion D'Assaut, Shakira, Stromae,...[5]

Style[edit]

Booba was influenced by the American hip-hop stage of 1980s and at the beginning of 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.[6] Racism is a recurring topic of his songs (see for example "Couleur ébène", "Pitbull", "Ma Couleur"), although he sometimes deliberately advocates communitarian positions.[7]

Other activities[edit]

  • Booba has had training in the sport of boxing. Booba is also the creator of a streetwear brand, Ünkut, the most popular brand of this type in France.[8][9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
FR
[10]
BEL
Vl

BEL
Wa

[11]
SWI
[12]
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
2015 D.U.C 1 40 1 2
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
[10]
BEL
Wa

[11]
SWI
[12]
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
[10]
BEL
Wa

Ultratop
[11]
BEL
Wa

Ultratip*

[11]
SWI
[12]
2002 "Destinée" (feat. Kayna Samet) 41  –  –  – Temps mort
2004 "Avant de partir"
(feat. Léya Masry)
24  – Tip17  – Panthéon
2006 "Au bout des rêves"
(feat. Trade Union & Mister Rudie)
22  – Tip4  – Ouest Side
2010 "Caesar Palace"
(feat. P. Diddy)
 –  –  –  –
"Ma Couleur"  –  – Tip24  – Lunatic
"Jour de Paye"  –  –  –  –
2011 "Paradis" 99  –  –  –
"Comme une étoile"  –  – Tip36  –
"Paname" 48  –  –  – Autopsie Vol. 4
"Bakel City Gang" 30  – Tip43  –
"Vaisseau Mère"  –  –  –  –
"Scarface" 20  – Tip33  –
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  – Tip15  –
"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  –  –  – D.U.C
"OKLM" 1 7  – 72
2015 "Tony Sosa" 14 46  –  –
"LVMH" 28  – Tip35  –
"Mon pays" 37  –  –  –

*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
[10]
BEL
Wa

Ultratop
[11]
BEL
Wa

Ultratip*
[11]
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  –  –
2015 "Temps mort 2.0"
(feat. Lino)
58  –  – D.U.C
"G-Love"
(feat. Farruko)
69  –  –
"3 G" 70  –  –
"Caracas" 116  –  –
"D.U.C" 84  –  –
"Bellucci"
(feat. Future)
86  –  –
"Loin d'ici" 112  –  –
"Les meilleurs"
(feat. 40 000 Gang)
151  –  –
"Billets violets" 161  –  –
"All Set"
(feat. Jeremih)
163  –  –
"Jack Da" 165  –  –
Featured in
Year Single Peak positions Album
FR
[10]
BEL
Wa

Ultratop
[11]
BEL
Wa

Ultratip*
[11]
2011 "Corner"
(Gato feat. Booba & Philly Poe)
"Cruella"
(Shay feat. Booba)
2012 "Call of Bitume"
(Rim'K feat. Booba)
72
2014 "Même tarif "
(Alonzo feat. Booba)
8 39

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