Youssoupha is a French-Congolese rapper who has released five successful albums. He was born in Kinshasa to a Senegalese mother and a Congolese father who is none other than Tabu Ley Rochereau, the icon of Congolese rumba. He arrived in France at the age of 10. He grew up in a difficult neighbourhood in the Paris suburbs. Despite his difficult living conditions, he obtained a literary baccalaureate and managed to study at the prestigious Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris.
It was during his adolescence that he discovered hip-hop. Inspired by artists such as Mc Solaar and IAM in France, Jay-Z and Nasaux in the U.S.A., he started rapping and formed a group with friends.
Over the years, Youssoupha continued to pursue his solo career until he released his first mixtape "Eternal Beginnings". This first project was enthusiastically received by the underground hip-hop community.
Following this promising start, Youssoupha was signed to a major record label. He released his first two albums A Chaque Frère (2007) and Sur Les Chemins Du Retour (2009). Even though the album was a success, the record company decided not to continue developing Youssoupha's career. With no contract and no financial means, Youssoupha decided to set up his own label, Bomaye Musik. In 2012, as a complete independent, he released the album Noir Désir which was a resounding commercial success. This album is considered a classic of French rap.
Since 2015, Youssoupha has been living in Abidjan with his children and his wife, who is of Ivorian origin. He is regularly in Paris and Kinshasa where he has set up his offices and developed his studios. He also regularly keeps a special bond with Senegal, the country of his mother. In March 2021, Youssoupha will release his new album "Neptune Terminus". He is also preparing an African tour this year, which will take him through the major cities of French-speaking Africa.