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Boef in 2018
Background information
Birth name Sofiane Youssef Samir Boussaadia
Also known as Souf De Boef
Born (1993-02-28) 28 February 1993 (age 30)
Aubervilliers, Île-de-France, France
Occupations Rapper, vlogger
Years active 2015–present
Labels BoefMusic, Zonamo Underground, Sony Music Entertainment

Sofiane Youssef Samir Boussaadia (Arabic: سفيان يوسف سمير بوسعدية, romanized: sufyān yūsuf samīr būsaʿādiyya; born 28 February 1993), known professionally as Boef (Dutch pronunciation: [buf]; "crook"), is a Dutch-speaking rapper and vlogger of Algerian-French nationality. Within a year of his start in 2015, he became one of the most popular rappers in the Netherlands after Lil' Kleine and Ronnie Flex. He released an album and various singles. His vlog and rap videos were viewed many millions of times on the internet.

His first EP Gewoon Boef was released in February 2016 and his first album Slaaptekort came out in March 2017. Slaaptekort (Dutch for 'sleep deprivation') is the album with the most streams on release date in the Netherlands, a record that was previously held by Ed Sheeran's ÷. Many of his songs have made it on the charts in the Netherlands and Belgian Flanders.

Early life

Boef was born in Aubervilliers in Île-de-France (Paris conurbation). He has Algerian parents and a French nationality. At the age of four he came to his uncle in Eindhoven. He also lived with him for two years in Houston, Texas, and at the age of thirteen he moved to Alkmaar.


Since his release from prison, he started focussing on rap music. He contacted Zonamo Underground through his friend and rapper Otie, after contacting Zonamo Underground they invited Boef for a session in February 2015. This was very well received and gained over a million views on YouTube in a short period of time.

Boef in 2017.

After his first zonamo session in 2015, Boef signed a contract with Zonamo Underground. His success grew beyond expectations of both himself and his management. BNN presenter Rotjoch said about his breakthrough: "In 2015 Boef suddenly arrived; nobody knew him. After his Zonamo session he is indispensable in the scene."

He released several songs that reached the Single Top 100. His EP Gewoon BOEF came in at number 4 in February 2016 in the Dutch Album Top 100, in which it is recorded around thirty weeks. The album was also in the Flemish Album Top 200 for a few weeks.

In April 2016 Boef released his breakthrough hit "Lauw" which gained millions of views on YouTube. He recorded the whole video clip in Dubai together with the producer Harun B. He also has a vlogging channel on YouTube, where he uploads videos of his daily life and trips.

From 2021, Boussaadia offers entrepreneurial courses together with Lil' Kleine.


Studio albums

Year Album Peak positions Certification

2017 Slaaptekort 1 3
  • NVPI: Platinum
2020 Allemaal een droom 1 2

Extended plays

Year Album Peak positions Certification

2016 Gewoon Boef 4 26
  • NVPI: Platinum
2018 93 1 2


As lead artist

Year Single Peak positions Certification Album

2016 "Lauw" 35
  • NVPI: Platinum
Gewoon Boef
"Hosselen" 38
  • NVPI: Gold
"Paperchase" 27
  • NVPI: Gold
"Range Sessie" 17
  • NVPI: Gold
(with Soufiane Eddyani)
3 26
  • NVPI: Platinum
"Habiba" 1 3
  • NVPI: 4× Platinum
"Wie praat die gaat"
(with Ismo & Lijpe)
2017 "Op Me Monnie"
(with Frenna / remix: original song is from Famke Louise)
  • NVPI: Gold
2018 "Antwoord" 1 25
"Sofiane" 23
  • NVPI: Platinum
"Draai het om" 3
"Ratata" 3 41
"Rolls Sessie" 5 26
"Terug naar toen"
(featuring Lijpe)
2019 "Allang al niet meer" 1 45
(featuring Dopebwoy)
1 47
(with Chivv)
2020 "Memories" 4
2022 "Monaco"
(with Dopebwoy and Srno)
"Excuseer" 21
(with Numidia, Cristian D and Diquenza)
"Did a Lotta ..."
(with Mario Cash)

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Work Result
2017 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Dutch Act Himself Nominated
2020 Golden Lemon Awards Best Rap Act Won
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