MHD (rapper)

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MHD
Festival des Vieilles Charrues 2017 - MHD - 011.jpg
MHD in 2016
Background information
Birth nameMohamed Sylla
Born (1994-09-10) 10 September 1994 (age 24)
La Roche-sur-Yon, France
Origin19th arrondissement of Paris, France
Genres
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2015–present
Associated acts

Mohamed Sylla (born 10 September 1994), better known by his stage name MHD, is a French rapper from Paris (19th arrondissement). His music is the precursor of "Afro Trap", a mixture of African music and trap music.[1][2][3] He is also part of the rap collective 19 Réseaux with other rappers.

Born in Vendée, he gained fame after publishing materials online and appeared on the TV entertainment programmes Le Petit Journal and Touche pas à mon poste!, on Skyrock radio and the youth radio Mouv'. He was invited to open for Booba and was on the soundtrack of French film Pattaya. He also performed in Nongo Stadium in Conakry, Guinea.

His eponymously titled debut album MHD was released on 15 April 2016[4][5][6] on Artside / Capitol Records. The 15-track album contains collaborations with Fally Ipupa and Angélique Kidjo. In October 2016, MHD was confirmed to play at the 31st edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, NL.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Sylla was born in La Roche-sur-Yon, in Vendée, France, of a Senegalese father and a Guinean mother; later in life, he moved to the 19th arrondissement of Paris.[8] He created his stage name MHD using letters from his first name, Mohamed.[citation needed] In September 2018, while preparing the release of his second studio album 19, Sylla stated on social media that he had become disillusioned with the music industry and that he might retire after the release of the album.[8][9]

Legal issues[edit]

In October 2018, Sylla uploaded a video on social media where his "big brother" appeared to be a victim of police misconduct, prompting investigation from the IGPN, the branch of the French police responsible for internal affairs.[10] A spokesperson for the French police declared that the officers were responding to "threats" coming from the youths in the video.[10]

In January 2019, Sylla's name was cited in an investigation about an affair dating back to July 2018, when a 23-year-old man was killed in Paris during what had been reported as a fight between rival street gangs.[8] Police identified Sylla as the owner of a car that was used by suspects.[11] Sylla was put on custody by French police on 15 January 2019;[8][12] two days later, he was indicted and charged with voluntary manslaughter.[11][13] Following his arrest, some of his scheduled concerts were postponed indefinitely,[11] while several fellow rappers, including Naza and Black M, voiced their support for Sylla.[8][13] Speaking through his lawyer, Sylla denied any involvement in the crime, while his lawyer cited Sylla's "lack of a judicial record" and affirmed he has "never been involved in fights between street gangs", adding that she would appeal Sylla being put on custody.[8][13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
FRA
[14]
BEL (Fl)
[15]
BEL (Wa)
[16]
NLD
[17]
SWI
[18]
MHD 2 170 12 20 25
  • SNEP: 2× Platinum[19]
19
  • Released: 19 September 2018[20]
  • Label: Artside
  • Format: Digital download
3
[21]
42 7 11 10

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Afro Trap (Mad Decent Remixes)
(with Mad Decent)
  • Released: 2 February 2018[22]
  • Label: Artside
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
FRA
[14]
BEL
(Wa)

NLD
[17]
SWI
[18]
"Afro Trap Pt.2 (Kakala Bomaye)" 2016 181 MHD
"Afro Trap Pt.3 (Champions League)" 19 49
"Afro Trap Pt.4 (Fais le mouv)" 108
"Afro Trap Pt.5 (Ngatie Abedi)" 32
"Afro Trap Pt.6 (Molo Molo)" 53
"A kele nta" 15
"Afro Trap Pt.7 (La Puissance)" 19 75 78
"Afro Trap Pt.8 (Never)" 2017 6 50 74 42 non-album single
"Bravo" 11 82 19
"Afro Trap Pt.9 (Faut Les Wet)" 44 non-album single
"Afro Trap Pt.10 (Moula Gang)" 2018 14 73 87 19
"Bénéfice"
(with Ninho)
84 non-album singles
"Bodyguard" 46
"Bella"
(feat. Wizkid)
42
[31]
38 57 19
"Intro Mansa"[32]
(feat. Salif Keita)
"XIX" 71
[31]

Other charting songs[edit]

List of other charting songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peaks Album
FRA
[14]
SWI
[18]
"Roger Milla" 2016 71 MHD
"Amina" 122
"La Moula" 138
"Maman J'ai mal" 50
"Tout Seul" 177
"Ma Vie" 145
"Bébé"
(featuring Dadju)
2018 83 19

Featured in[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
FRA
[14]
2016 "À l'ouest"
(Black M feat. MHD)
Éternel insatisfait
"Laissez-les kouma"
(Zaho feat. MHD)
33
[33]
"Oblah"
(Gradur feat. MHD, Alonzo & Nyda)
19
2017 "Feu d'artifice"
(Alonzo feat. MHD)
19
"Na lingui yé"
(Fally Ipupa feat. MHD)
119
"Problèmes"
(Aya Nakamura feat. MHD)
118 Journal intime
"Versus"
(Niska feat. MHD)
35
2018 "Bénéfice"
(Ninho X MHD)
84
"Appelez la police"
(Maître Gims X MHD)
138 Ceinture noire

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos as lead artist, showing directors
Title Year Director(s)
"Afrotrap Pt.2 (Kakala Bomaye)" 2015 Kyoh Productions[34]
"Afrotrap Pt.3 (Champions League)" 420Workshop[35]
"Afrotrap Pt.4 (Fais le mouv)" 420Workshop[36]
"Afrotrap Pt.5 (Ngatie Abedi)" 2016 Kyoh Productions[37][38]
"Afrotrap Pt.6 (Molo)"
"Roger Milla" William Thomas[39][40]
"Maman j'ai mal"
"A kele nta" Ken & Ryu[41]
"Afrotrap Pt.7 (La Puissance)" Pierre-Marie Paubel[42]
"Afrotrap Pt.8 (Never)" 2017 Ju Kahlo[43]
"Bravo" Julien Kaddour[44]
"Afrotrap Pt.9 (Faut les wet)" 420 Workshop[45]
"Afrotrap Pt.10 (Moula Gang)" 2018 Frédéric de Pontcharra[46]
"Bodyguard" 420 Workshop[47]
"Bella"
(feat. WizKid)
KLVDR[48]
"XIX" Ojoz[49]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Musique : MHD, c'est la nouvelle star des ados". Le Parisien. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
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  5. ^ "MHD : Le premier album du prince de l'afro-trap sort aujourd'hui !". Melty. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
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  25. ^ "French single certifications – MHD – Afro Trap Pt.4 (Fais le mouv)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  26. ^ "French single certifications – MHD – Afro Trap Pt.5 (Ngatie Abedi)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  27. ^ "French single certifications – MHD – Afro Trap Pt.6 (Molo Molo)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
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  36. ^ "MHD – Afrotrap Pt.4 (Fais le mouv)". Artside. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  37. ^ "MHD – Afrotrap Pt.5 (Ngatie Abedi)". Artside. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  38. ^ "MHD – Afrotrap Pt.5 (Molo Molo)". Artside. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  39. ^ "MHD – Rogger Milla". Artside. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  40. ^ "MHD – Maman j'ai mal". Artside. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  41. ^ "MHD – A kele nta". Artside. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  42. ^ "MHD – Afrotrap Pt.7 (La Puissance)". Artside. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  43. ^ "MHD – Afrotrap Pt.8 (Never)". Artside. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  44. ^ "MHD – Bravo". Artside. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  45. ^ "MHD – Afrotrap Pt.9 (Faut les wet)". Artside. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  46. ^ "MHD – Afrotrap Pt.10 (Moula Gang)". Artside. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  47. ^ "MHD – Bodyguard". Artside. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  48. ^ "MHD – Bella (feat. WizKid)". Artside. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  49. ^ "MHD – XIX". Artside. 19 September 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via YouTube.