Ali B

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This article is about the Dutch rapper of Moroccan origin. For other rappers and entertainers called "Ali", see Ali (name)#Entertainment.
Ali B
Ali B - 13-09-2008 1.jpg
Ali B in 2008
Background information
Birth name Ali Bouali
Born (1981-01-20) 20 January 1981 (age 35)
Zaanstad, Netherlands
Genres Hip Hop, Urban Pop
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer, songwriter
Years active 1999–present
Labels SPEC Entertainment
Website (Dutch)

Ali Bouali, stage name Ali B (born 20 Januari 1981), is a Dutch rapper of Moroccan descent.[1] He has been noted as the first well-known Moroccan-Dutch star in Dutch pop culture,[2] "perhaps the most popular rapper in the Netherlands",[3] and has performed together with Akon and Dutch artist Marco Borsato. In 2007 he made an Arab Remix cover song of one of Akon's most popular song "Ghetto."

In 2011, he became host of a Dutch television series Ali B op volle toeren. Three seasons of the show have been broadcast on TROS television station. The show invites artists of various genres and tries to offer crossover hits of known songs through "remakes" and cover versions. Since 2013, Ali B has served as a coach on The Voice of Holland, replacing Roel van Velzen and served as a coach on The Voice Kids, replacing Nick & Simon.

He is seen as a prominent figure in Dutch inter-ethnic relations.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to the half-sister of professional footballer Abel Tamata.[5] He is the older cousin of rapper Yes-R.


Ali B
Albums in the Dutch Album Top 20/50/100
Title Release
 #Weeks  Notes 
Ali B vertelt het leven van de straat 30-03-2004 28-08-2004 19 45 Length: 1:04:45
Petje Af 2006 20-10-2006 Length: 1:02:47
Ali B Geeft Antwoord 2011


Singles in the Dutch Top 40
Title Release
 #Weeks  Notes 
Waar gaat dit heen? 26-4-2003 tip feat. Karima
Ik ben je zat 10-7-2004 3 20 feat. Brace
Wat zou je doen 25-9-2004 1 18 feat. Marco Borsato
Leipe mocro flavour 2-4-2005 2 11 feat. Yes-R and Brace
Hartendief 27-8-2005 7 9 feat. Brace
Het kind 19-11-2005 40 2 feat. Brace and J-Rock
Ghetto remix 18-2-2006 4 13 feat. Akon and Yes-R
Rampeneren 6-5-2006 4 15 feat. Yes-R & The Partysquad
Hard 2 get 13-5-2006 tip feat. Gio & The Partysquad & Ambush
Celebrate, iedereen, ewa! 03-06-2006 - feat. Yes-R
Wij houden van Oranje 10-6-2006 2 5 feat. André Hazes
Zomervibe 12-8-2006 28 4 feat. Yolanthe van Kasbergen
Till morning 18-11-2006 38 2 feat. Ziggi
Dit gaat fout 24-2-2007 20 6 feat. Gio
Jeweetzelluf ? - - feat. The Opposites
Groupie Love 03-10-2007 20 feat. Yes-R, Darryl and Gio
Eeyeeyooo 03-10-2007 20 feat. Soumia, Darryl and Rio[jeffrey Theijs]


  1. ^ van Wijk, Jetteke (4 April 2007). "Dutch rapper Ali B. in Middle East". Radio Nederland Wereldomroep. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Kooijman, Jaap (2008). Fabricating the absolute fake: America in contemporary pop culture. Amsterdam University Press. p. 113. ISBN 90-5356-492-6. 
  3. ^ Miezkowski, Sylvia; Smith, Joy; de Valck, Marijke (2008). Sonic interventions. Rodopi. p. 269. ISBN 90-420-2294-9. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "The rapper Ali B has charmed the Netherlands. Can he stay above the fray?". The Economist. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Abel Tamata bonkt op de deur bij PSV" (in Dutch). BN/DeStem. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 

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