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Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres French Canadian hip hop
Years active 1992 (1992)–present
Labels Tox Records
Members Disoul (Jérôme-Philippe Bélinga)
OTMC (Ousmane Traoré)
Past members DJ Choice (Alain Benabdallah)

Dubmatique is a French Canadian hip hop group formed in 1992 in Montreal, Quebec. The groups original line up consisted of OTMC, DiSoul, and Dj Choice. Dubmatique is often regarded as one of the groups that launched French Canadian Hip Hop, made way for upcoming artist, and within this category they are the only group to have an album certified Platinum.


Early career[edit]

In the 1980’s, Disoul and OTMC became friends in the country of Senegal.[1] In the early 90’s Disoul moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Shortly after OTMC goes there to meet his old buddy. They got the idea of starting a French Hip Hop group. The two rappers became acquainted with Dj Choice, who then decides to join them, hence giving birth to Dubmatique.[2] In 1994, they made their first appearance by doing a freestyle on the mix-tape Tape 9-Too Leust by Cut Killer.[3]

By 1995, the group starts to be very successful doing shows in local clubs. They participate at the launch of the album Simple et Funky by Alliance Ethnik and the soundtrack for the movie La Haine who are extremely successful in Quebec. They win the award of Best Hip Hop Group of the Year at the Gala Mimi. That same summer, they do a show at the music festival named Les FrancoFolies de Montréal where their perseverance and fan base is noticed.[4]

La force de comprendre[edit]

In 1997, on the French Canadian market, they release their first album named La force de comprendre. It is soon certified platinum and sells over 125 000 copies.[5] Because of the singles and music videos for Soul Pleureur, La force de comprendre, and Plus rien n’est pareil, they reach the top of the charts on commercial radio stations and TV channels for music videos. The reviews were extremely favorable on both the lyrics and the production. It also includes featurings with two of France’s finest rappers Menelik and 2 Bal. The group went on to do over 150 shows on the biggest stages throughout Quebec. Dubmatique becomes one of the most publicized group. At the French Canadian equivalent of the "Grammy Awards" called "Le Gala de L'ADISQ". The awards they won The Félix Award of "Best Rock Alternative Album" (Their first year at "Le Gala de L'ADISQ", they didn't have a Hip Hop section).[6] They were nominated for Group of the year, and Revelation of the year. This streak of success would on until 1998 were the won the Félix Award for Group of the year, and two more nominations for Show of the year and Best Seller.[7] On the English side of Canada they are nominated for a Juno Award in the Best selling Francophone album.[8]


Their second album, the self titled Dubmatique cames out in 1999. They launch the singles and music videos of La vie est si fragile with the violinist Ashley MacIsaac and Mémoires who also have a high attainment of popularity on the charts. The album is certified golf and sells 35 000 copies in their first week.[9] They collaborate with two members of the group IAM, Shurik’n is featured on the song L’avenir, and Akhenathon remixes the single La force de comprendre from the first album. Montreal artists were also featured El Winner of «Latitude Nord», D-Shade of «Shades of Culture» and Mr. Len. The record is well received and maintains Dubmatique as the number one group in Quebec Hip Hop, and continue to fill up large venues. Finally at "Le Gala de L'ADISQ", they won the Félix Award for “Hip Hop Album of the year”, were nominated for Group of the year. Additionally at “Le Gala Soba” they won two Sound of Blackness Awards for Best Group of the year, and Best Francophone Hip Hop Group of the year.


Dj Choice doesn’t participate on the production of their third album. Disoul and OTMC work with various renowned producers which consisted of Sonny Black, Jaynaz, Ray Ray, and Stéphane Dufour. In 2001 they release the album Influences. Ragga Dub and Sexcite-Moi, a collaboration with the rock singer Éric Lapointe, were chosen as the singles and music videos to launch the album. The group continues to do well on the charts. They win the Félix Award for Best Hip Hop Album of the year. This record is also annotated to be the first apparition by best selling Rnb singer Corneille on a professional project.

Mémoires and solo projects[edit]

In 2004, their label Tox releases the compilation Mémoires that contains all their hits, with many of their critically acclaimed song. Shortly after, Disoul and OTMC launch solo projects. In 2005, Disoul decided to use is real name, Jérôme-Philippe and releases a self titled album where he mixes rapping and singing. OTMC follows up in 2006 with a Hip Hop album named Sincérité volontaire. Their respective songs would play on the radios throughout Quebec and sales are respectable.

Trait d’union[edit]

In 2008, a group is created by a fan on Facebook to reunite Dubmatique, and over 50 000 fans join.[10] This motivates OTMC and Disoul to make an album. In 2009 they launch Trait d’union. Dj Choice participates and produces the song Patience a collaboration with Sir Pathetik, Imposs and John John. Re-known singers such as Barnev Valsaint, Jennifer Silencieux, and Mike Coriolan also participate. With the singles and music videos for La Vibe and Cold World, they get an excellent diffusion and are on demand. Les FrancoFolies de Montréal music festival organises their first reunion show.


1995 Meeting International des Musiques Innovatrices

  • Mimi Award Win: Best Hip-Hop Group of the Year

1997 Gala de l'ADISQ[11]

  • Félix Award Win: Best Rock Alternative Album ((at the time the "gala de l'ADISQ" did't have a Hip Hop section))
  • Félix Award Nomination: Group of the year
  • Félix Award Nomination: Revelation of the year

1998 Gala de l'ADISQ[12]

1998 Juno Award [13]

  • Juno Award Nomination: Best Selling Francophone Album

1998 Much Music Video Awards[citation needed]

1999 Gala de l'ADISQ[14]

1999 Soba Gala

  • Sound of Blackness Award Win: Best Group of the year
  • Sound of Blackness Award Win: Best Francophone Hip Hop Group of the year

2002 Gala de l'ADISQ[15]


  • Cut Killer "Tape 9-Too Leust" (1994) - Freestyle -
  • Cut Killer "Freestyle Canada" (1999) - Freestyle -
  • Online "Everest" (2010) - Superstar -


  • 1997: La force de comprendre
  • 1998: Dubmatique
  • 2001: Influences
  • 2009: Trait d'union


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