Kaaris

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Kaaris
Out4Fame-Festival 2016 - Kaaris.JPG
Kaaris at the Out4Fame-Festival 2016 in Hünxe
Background information
Birth nameOkou Armand Gnakouri
Also known asFresh, K2A, Riska, Talsadoum, K Double Rotor, Zongo le Dozo
Born (1980-01-30) January 30, 1980 (age 39)
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
OriginIvorian
Genres
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2000–present
LabelsDef Jam Recordings / Therapy Music
Associated actsBooba, Lacrim, Niro, Kalash Criminel, Blacko, Future, Gucci Mane

 

Okou Armand Gnakouri (French pronunciation: ​[oku aʁmɑ̃ njakuʁi]; born 30 January 1980 in Cocody, Northern Abidjan), better known by his stage name Kaaris (stylized KΛΛRIS), is a French rapper, record producer and composer of Ivorian origin. Or Noir, his major album on Therapy Music / AZ / Universal Music, was released on 21 October 2013. He is also the only French rapper who speaks Chinese and Korean fluently.

Originating from Sevran, a northeastern suburb of Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis department, he started rapping in 1999, and released his first mixtape in 2001. He returned to his native Ivory Coast for a while, but returned to France after political unrest in the country. In 2007, he launched his street album 43eme Bima, that led to signing with a new independent label French Cut Music.[1]

However, his meeting with French rapper Booba[2] and producers Therapy gave him his first recording with Booba, "Criminelle league" released as part of Booba's Autopsie Vol. 4. Kaaris had his first charting hit "Kalash", credited to Booba featuring Kaaris appearing in Booba's album Futur.

Kaaris co-writes most of his materials in cooperation with a record producer duo, known as Therapy (made up of producers 2031 and 2093).

A fight between a dozen people including Booba and Kaaris led to the temporary closure of Hall 1 at Paris-Orly airport on August 1st, 2018. An oral deposition has been placed on September 6th, 2018.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
FRA
[3]
BEL
(Fl)

[4]
BEL
(Wa)

[5]
SWI
[6]
2013 Or Noir 3 12 35
2014 Or Noir Part II 137 164 13 63
2015 Le bruit de mon âme 4 188 14 22
2016 Okou Gnakouri 8 21 57
2017 Dozo 3
[7]
159 9 59
2019 Or Noir Part 3 2
[8]
114 2 13

Mixtapes and street albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
FRA
[3]
2007 43eme Bima  –
2012 Z.E.R.O 141
2015 Double Fuck 4

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
FRA
[3]
2013 "Zoo" 78 Or Noir
"Binks" 51
"Paradis ou enfer" 51
2014 "Sombre" 41 Or Noir Part II
"Comme Gucci Mane" 34 Le bruit de mon âme
"Se-Vrak" 165
"80 Zetrei" 25
2015 "Le bruit de mon âme" 24
2016 "Bambou" 155 Braqueurs soundtrack
"Blow" 26 Okou Gnakouri
"C'est pas pareil (Remix)"
(with Seth Gueko)
184
2017 "Dozo" 13 Dozo
"Kébra" 32
"Bling Bling"
(feat. Kalash Criminel and Sofiane)
74
[9]
2018 "G.O.K.O.U" 19
"Aborigène" 70
"Livraison" 28
"Débrouillard" 49 Or Noir Part 3
2019 "Aieaieouille" 23

Featured in[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
FRA
[3]
2012 "Kalash"
(Booba feat. Kaaris)
116 Booba album
Futur
2014 "La mort ou tchitchi"
(Niro feat. Kaaris)
38 Niro album
Miraculé
2015 "Bouteilles et glocks"
(Dosseh feat. Kaaris)
38 Dosseh album
Perestroïka
2016 "Arrêt du cœur"
(Kalash Criminel & Kaaris)
61 Kalash Criminel album
RAS
2018 "Mistigris"
(Sofiane feat. Kaaris)
13
"GB"
(Lartiste feat. Kaaris X DJ Mc Fly)
62
"Il se passe quoi"
(Mac Tyer feat. Kaaris & Sofiane)
107 Mac Tyer album
C'est la street mon pote
2019 "D'une autre manière"
(Da Uzi feat. Kaaris)
101 Da Uzi album
Mexico

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Song Peak positions Album
FRA
[3][10]
2013 "Dès le départ" 43 Or Noir
"Or noir" 106
"L.E.F"
(feat. Booba)
122
"63" 130
"Bizon" 159
"Je bibi" 168
"Bouchon de Liège" 200
2014 "S.E.V.R.A.N" 26 Or Noir Part II
"À l'heure" 27
"Chargé" 130
"Pablito" 182
2015 "Crystal"
(feat. Future)
19 Le bruit de mon âme
"El Chapo"
(feat. Lacrim)
123
"Zone de transit" 155
"Terrain" 65 Double Fuck
"C'est la base"
(feat. XV Barbar)
99
"Sinaloa" 141
"Talsadoum" 160
"Petit vélo" 169
"Où sont les €"
(feat. SCH, Worms-T)
171
2016 "Nador" 35 Okou Gnakouri
"Poussière" 39
"Tchoin" 7
"4matic"
(feat. Kalash Criminel)
141
"2.7 Zéro 10. 17"
(feat. Gucci Mane)
164
"Contact" 183
"Benz" 199
2017 "Je suis gninnin, je suis bien" 20 Dozo
"Diarabi" 6
"Feghouli" 42
"Végéta" 61
"Oublier" 97
"Être deux" 90
"RPG" 125
"Courez" 144
"Victoire" 74
"Marchand d'ivoire" 62
"Menace" 67
"Mood" 84
"Pas idée" 83
2018 "Rafaler"
(with 4Keus Gang, Q.E Favelas & Mac Kregor)
131 93 Empire
"Empire"
(with Sofiane)
8
"Nouvelle monnaie"
(with Landy & Sofiane)
34
"Pas le choix"
(with Lartiste & Sofiane)
90
2019 "Cigarette"
(feat. SCH)
12 Or Noir Part 3
"Chien de la casse" 22
"Gun Salute" 25
"Golf7 R" 27
"Briganté"
(feat. Mac Tyer & Sofiane)
33
"Dévalisé" 36
"Monsieur Météo" 43
"Octogone" 13
[11]
"Détails" 70
"Tout était écrit" 75
"Ça on l'a" 85
"Comme un refrain" 99
"Douane" 106

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rap Game: Kaaris biographie (in French)
  2. ^ Le InRocks: Kaaris - "Moi et Booba, on se retrouve sur le coté hardcore" (in French)
  3. ^ a b c d e "Kaaris discography". lescharts.com. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Kaaris discography". ultratop.be/nl/. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Kaaris discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Kaaris discography". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 44, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 5, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 45, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 46, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles (téléchargement + streaming) – SNEP (Week 6, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 11 February 2019.

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