Oxmo Puccino

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Oxmo Puccino
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Oxmo Puccino (2009)
Background information
Birth nameAbdoulaye Diarra
Born (1974-08-03) 3 August 1974 (age 44)
Ségou, Mali
Origin Mali
GenresHip hop
LabelsCinq7, Wagram Music
Oxmo Puccino

Oxmo Puccino (born Abdoulaye Diarra; 3 August 1974) is a hip hop musician born in Mali.


A longtime hip-hop fan, at age 21 Diarra began his collaboration with the fledgling rap collective Time Bomb, honing his craft alongside future superstars like Booba and Diam's. He quickly developed into a lyricist with a metaphorical ingenuity far more advanced than his contemporaries, crafting violent yet strangely poetic portraits of urban Paris life and drawing on the street-smart American hip-hop of the Notorious B.I.G. and other icons to document life in Paris' hardscrabble 19th district. In 1996 Oxmo Puccino made his recorded debut with Pucc. Fiction, a contribution to the compilation L432. A series of subsequent mixtape appearances solidified his growing reputation within the French rap underground, and in 1998 he issued his solo debut, Opéra Puccino. Its 2001 follow-up, L'Amour Est Mort, proved Puccino's creative and commercial breakthrough, while 2004's Le Cactus de Sibérie confirmed his star status. After signing to the venerable jazz label Blue Note, Puccino assembled a new backing group, the Jazzbastards, to record 2006's Lipopette Bar.[1][2]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In 2007, rapper Styles P. used the instrumental of "Black Desperado" in his own album Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman), in the song "Holiday". The track was produced by DJ Green Lantern.
  • In 2011, he was in a Nike ad promotion reciting a passage from Cyrano de Bergerac
  • He has appeared in 2011 music video for "1990" by Orelsan, as a tribute to the 1990s. He was invited to sing the track in Orelsan's live tour as a guest in the Paris Olympia gig in 2012.
  • He is featured as the spoken word artist on Ibrahim Maalouf's track, "Douce", from the 2011 studio album, "Diagnostic".

Personal life[edit]

Puccino was born in 1974 in Ségou, Mali. He came to Paris one year later, and lived in the 19th arrondissement from the age of 5. Oxmo Puccino is the older brother of the French international basketball player Mamoutou Diarra.



Studio albums
Year Album Charts Certification

1998 Opéra Puccino 7
2001 L'amour est mort 37 13
2004 Le cactus de Sibérie 20
2007 Lipopette Bar
(Oxmo Puccino & The Jazzbastards)
2009 L'arme de paix 41 8 68
2012 Roi sans carosse 28 15 41
2014 Au pays d'Alice
(Ibrahim Maalouf & Oxmo Puccino)
113 43
2015 La voix lactée 147 34 84
Live albums
Year Album Charts Certification
2005 Black Tour Desperado 154
2010 Minutes magiques


Year Album Charts Certification
2005 La Réconciliation
(DJ Cream présente Oxmo Puccino)
  • 2003: The Best of Puccino Tape (Vol.8 - Mixed by DJ Nels)
  • 2004: Puccino Airlines
  • 2004: Time Bomb, Vol.8 - Puccino Tape
  • 2012: Doux or Die Mixtape (Mixed by DJ Cream)

Singles / Maxi singles[edit]

Year Single Charts Certification Album
1998 (credited to Kheops / Oxmo Puccino) 96
"Amour et Jalousie"
"Le mensongeur" 55
1999 "L'enfant seul" 84
"Le jour ou tu partiras"
2001 "Ghetto du monde"
2002 "Avoir des potes" 52
2004 "Quand j'arrive / J'ai mal au mic"
"On danse pas"
2015 Une Chance


  • 2005: Dans tes rêves
  • 2006: Arthur and the Invisibles (French title Arthur et les Minimoys) as Mover (film directed by Luc Besson)
  • 2006: Sheitan (film directed by Kim Chapiron)
  • 2008: Écrire pour un chanteur as Harry in episode "Demain peut-être" (TV series)
  • 2009: Storytelling, la machine à raconter des histoires as host and himself (documentary)
  • 2010: Rubik's Cube as Teacher (short film)
  • 2010: Histoires de vies as François in episode "Conte de la frustration" (TV series)
  • 2015: Adama as Djo (voice)


  1. ^ Oxmo Puccino - track details, ringtones, covertones, downloads, MP3, CDs
  2. ^ Schwartz, Mark. "Planet Rock: Hip Hop Supa National." In The Vibe History of Hip-hop, ed. Alan Light, 361-72. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999.
  3. ^ a b c d LesCharts.com: Oxmo Puccino page

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