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  • Real name : Alix Mathurin
  • Date of birth : 28/12/1977


  • James Kery


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Kery James (1977)

Alix Mathurin

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Alix Mathurin better known as Kery James, is a French rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer and record producer, who was born in West Indies from Haitian parents. His mother raised him in Orly, a suburb of Paris. Nowadays with his three solo albums, he is one of the most respected French rappers. The media labelled him "the rapper repented through Islam". Kery James is aware of it, he really assumes this image. " I prefer to be the one who hold this role rather than somebody else. Numerous young Muslims are tempted to be intolerant or extremist. If I can open their eyes it is a good thing for them."


  Early life
Kery James arrived in continental France at the age of seven. He started at a young age to rap, dance, and write his own texts. The famous MC Solaar noticed him when he was only 10 years old in a cité of Paris. He described the setting as "''A place where the Islamic faith was omnipresent. All my friends in , and the symbols of the religion.

At around thirteen years old, he became a member of the group Idéal Junior (later abbreviated to Idéal J). They garnered a few singles with explicit titles like Hardcore, Pour une poignée de dollars and a first album titled Original MC’s sur une mission. In 1992, their single La vie est dure was released showing great promise though one of the talented artists, Alter, promptly left the group. In subsequent years while colleague Mehdi progressed as a prominent producer, Kery worked extensively on writing new material, his texts reflecting a life that involved altercations with the police, street rivalries and an omnipresent fear of death.

In 1996 the band's first album under the moniker Ideal J led the group to became renowned and respected as amongst the top French rappers with well-know singles like Ghetto français, Show business and, Je veux du cash. Ideal J multiplied their appearances on Maxis and as featured acts, reaching a surprising maturity with the single J'désole mes parents present on the compilation Nouvelle donne. However, Kery's career was put temporarily on hold in 1999 when his close childhood friend Las Montana was shot and killed. Kery took refuge in religious faith and took the name Ali as a symbol of his full conversion to Islam.

  Solo career
In October 2001 his solo album "Si c'était à refaire" with, among others, the tracks "28 décembre 1977", "Si c'était à refaire", "Soledad", "Y'a pas d'couleur". Released in 2001, this album is very personal and benefits from numerous collaborations: Nubians, Salif Keita... The rap is influenced by African, Arabic, Cuban musical influences, without forgetting the use of percussions and original instruments for this music style as the xylophone. He sings his African roots but also the problems of society like money, violence, and moral values. This album reflects the surprising maturity of Kery.

In 2004, Kery James' second album, Ma vérité continued to underline social and political militant messages taking positions on such subjects as the war in Iraq and on reality TV. However, at the same time, duets with very popular stars such as Diam's Mélanie Giorgadès and Amel Bent, started to distance him from his underground image.

In March 2008 this metamorphosis to mainstream popularity was underlined by a new album À l'ombre du show business whose title track was a collaboration with legendary French chanson star Charles Aznavour. Other tracks included Le combat continue part III, Banlieusards and Vrai Peura. On its first week of release the album reached third place on the French charts with 24,459 albums sold. For the music videos of this album, he worked with Luc Besson, Matthieu Kassovitz, J.G Biggs and Chris Macari.

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Name Duration Released
Kayna Samet 05:09 17/05/2010
28 Décembre 1977 03:06 17/05/2010
Tunisiano 08:26 17/05/2010
L'impasse feat. Béné 07:05 17/05/2010
Diam's 02:48 17/05/2010
Dry 04:38 17/05/2010
Kool Shen 04:20 17/05/2010
Réel 06:54 27/04/2009
En manque de.. 05:26 27/04/2009
Le retour du rap français 06:50 27/04/2009
Paro 04:58 27/04/2009
Le respect du silence 05:30 27/04/2009
Au pays des droits de l'Homme ? 04:28 27/04/2009
Le prix de la vérité 05:03 27/04/2009
La poudre aux yeux 05:05 27/04/2009
Lettre à mon public 07:26 27/04/2009
Yeah 04:48 27/04/2009
Promis à la victoire 04:17 27/04/2009
Je représente 04:26 27/04/2009
Avec le cœur & la raison 09:10 27/04/2009
L’Impasse 07:18 31/03/2008
Egotripes 03:43 31/03/2008
En sang ble 04:20 31/03/2008
Intro Egotripes DRY 00:38 31/03/2008
Le combat continue Part 3 06:55 31/03/2008
Laisse-Nous Croire 04:10 31/03/2008
À l'ombre du show business 05:45 31/03/2008
Encore 03:38 31/03/2008
Thug Love 03:55 31/03/2008
Banlieusards 07:50 31/03/2008
X & Y 06:35 31/03/2008
Foolek 04:02 31/03/2008
Après La Pluie 03:53 31/03/2008
Pleure en Silence 04:36 31/03/2008
Vrai Peura 03:57 31/03/2008
Ghetto 03:47 31/03/2008
Je m'écris 04:20 31/03/2008






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