Elie Yaffa (born December 9, 1976), better known under his stage name Booba (French pronunciation: ​[buˈba]) is a French rapper. After a brief stint as a break dancer in the early 1990s, Booba partnered with his friend Ali to form Lunatic. The duo released a critically acclaimed album in 2000 but disbanded in 2003. Booba has after embarked on a successful solo career, selling more than 10 million discs over his career and fitting the most legally downloaded artist in French history. Today, Booba is an icon of modern French pop culture, typically revered for the quality of his flow and beats but often criticised because of controversial nature of his lyrics. He has additionally established the label Tallac Records specialising in rap and hip-hop. Booba has additionally developed his own line of jewellery in cooperation with a well known jewellery label Tony Bling.

Life and career

Elie Yaffa was born on December 9, 1976, in the outskirts of Paris in Sèvres. His father is Senegalese and his mother is French.

With his friend Ali they formed the duo Lunatic in 1994. Unable to secure a record deal from a major label because of their controversial lyrics, they created their own independent record label 45 Scientific in 1999. The following year, Lunatic released its first and only album entitled Mauvais œil.

In 2002, Booba released his debut solo album Temps mort. He followed this up with four further albums: Pantheon, Ouest Side (the most successful), 0.9 and Lunatic. In late 2012, he released his sixth solo album Futur. In whole, Booba has ten certification discs, six Disques d'Or (Golden album), three Disques de platine (Platinum album) and one Double disque de platine (Double-Platinum album). In 2011, Booba won the competition MyYoutubes, ahead of popular artists like Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Sexion D'Assaut, Shakira, Stromae,...

Musical style

Booba was influenced by the American hip-hop stage of the 1980s and at the beginning of the 1990s: of Mobb Deep by way of it Wu-Tang Clan but additionally by 2Pac and Biggie Smalls. The dark melodies accompanied with raw texts, typical of the rap from New York, are present on every album of his. He is often criticised for making the apology of easy money and murder (see the title of his 1996 album "Le Crime paie": Crime Pays). Booba advocates a reduction in the taxes and claims himself in support of individual freedom. Racism is a recurring topic of his songs (see for example "Couleur ébène", "Pitbull", "Ma Couleur"), although he at times deliberately advocates communitarian positions.

Other ventures

Booba has had training in the sport of boxing. Booba is additionally the creator of a streetwear brand, Ünkut, one of the most popular brands of this type in France.

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbumPeak positionsCertification
FRA
BEL
Fl

BEL
Wa

SWI
2002Temps mort241Gold
2004Panthéon326252× Gold
2006Ouest Side11218Platinum
20080.962760Gold
2010Lunatic11242× Platinum
2012Futur4745142× Platinum
2013Futur 2.0 (reissue)628
2015D.U.C140122× Platinum
2015Nero Nemesis7127792× Platinum

Mixtapes

YearAlbumPeak positionsCertification
FRA
BEL
Wa

SWI
2005Autopsie Vol. 166
2007Autopsie Vol. 2898
2009Autopsie Vol. 3219FRA: Gold
2011Autopsie Vol. 423264FRA: Gold

Singles

As lead artist

YearSinglePeak positionsCertificationAlbum
FRA
BEL
Wa

Ultratop
BEL
Wa

Ultratip*

SWI
2002"Destinée"
(feat. Kayna Samet)
41 – – –Temps mort
2004"Avant de partir"
(feat. Léya Masry)
24 –17 –Panthéon
2006"Au bout des rêves"
(feat. Trade Union & Mister Rudie)
22 –4 –Ouest Side
2010"Caesar Palace"
(feat. P. Diddy)
 – – – –
"Ma couleur" – –24 –Lunatic
"Jour de paye" – – – –
2011"Paradis"99 – – –
"Comme une étoile" – –36 –
"Paname"48 – – –Autopsie Vol. 4
"Bakel City Gang"30 –43 –
"Vaisseau Mère" – – – –
"Scarface"20 –33 –
2012"Caramel"1042 – –Futur
"Tombé pour elle"1644 – –
2013"A.C. Milan"719 – –Futur 2.0
"T.L.T"1644 – –
"Turfu"1134 – –
"RTC"13 –15 –
"Parlons peu"527 – –
"Longueur d'avance"
(feat. Maître Gims)
1348 – –
"2.0"41 – – –
"Une vie"44 – – –
"Billets verts"87 – – –
2014"La mort leur va si bien"7 – – –D.U.C
"OKLM"17 –72
2015"Tony Sosa"1446 – –
"LVMH"28 –35 –
"Mon pays"37 – – –
"Validée"
(feat. Benash)
241 – –Nero Nemesis
"Attila"35 – – –
"Génération Assassin"40 – – –
2016"JDC"10 –21 –TBA
"Salside"8 –23 –
"E.L.E.P.H.A.N.T."139 – –
"DKR"1
42 –42

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
FRA
BEL
Wa

Ultratop
BEL
Wa

Ultratip*
2011"Corner"
(Gato feat. Booba & Philly Poe)
"Cruella"
(Shay feat. Booba)
2012"Call of Bitume"
(Rim'K feat. Booba)
72Rim'K album Chef de famille
2014"Même tarif "
(Alonzo feat. Booba)
839Alonzo album Règlement de comptes
2015"A.T.R"
(Twinsmatic feat. Booba)
145Twinsmatic album Nowhere
2016"Here"
(Christine and the Queens feat. Booba)
52
"Rouge et bleu"
(Kalash feat. Booba)
1533Kalash album Kaos
"N.W.A."
(Kalash feat. Booba)
49
"M.L.C"
(Niska feat. Booba)
46Niska album Zifukoro

Other charted songs

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
FRA
BEL
Wa

Ultratop
BEL
Wa

Ultratip*
2012"Jimmy"108 – –Futur
"Kalash" (feat. Kaaris)116 – –
"Wesh Morray"121 – –
"Rolex" (feat. Gato)131 – –
"Tout c'que j'ai"150 – –
"C'est la vie" (feat. 2 Chainz)153 – –
"1.8.7" (feat. Rick Ross)158 – –
"2Pac" (feat. Rick Ross)191 – –
2015"Temps mort 2.0"
(feat. Lino)
58 – –D.U.C
"G-Love"
(feat. Farruko)
69 – –
"3 G"70 – –
"Caracas"116 – –
"D.U.C"84 – –
"Bellucci"
(feat. Future)
86 – –
"Loin d'ici"112 – –
"Les meilleurs"
(feat. 40 000 Gang)
151 – –
"Billets violets"161 – –
"All Set"
(feat. Jeremih)
163 – –
"Jack Da"165 – –
"Mr. Kopp"146 – –
"Comme les autres"169 – –Nero Nemesis
"Habibi"119 – –
"4G"109 – –
"Walabok"124 – –
"Talion"137 – –
"92I Veyron"57 –16
"Charbon"168 – –
"Pinocchio"
(featuring Damso and Gato)
115 – –
"Zer'"
(featuring Siboy and Benash)
120 – –