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MC Solaar
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MC Solaar in 2009
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Birth name Claude M'Barali
Born 5 March 1969 (1969-03-05) (age 52)
Dakar, Senegal
Origin Saint-Denis, France
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Years active 1988–present
Labels

Claude M'Barali, professionally known as MC Solaar ( born 5 March 1969), is a French rapper of Senegalese and Chadian origin. He is one of France's most famous and influential hip hop artists. Some consider him as the best French rapper of all time.

MC Solaar is known for his complex lyrics and distinctive flows, which rely on word play, lyricism, and inquiry. In the English-speaking world, Solaar was signed by London-based acid jazz record label Talkin' Loud and recorded with British group Urban Species and the late rapper Guru, who was a member of the critically acclaimed New York-based rap group Gang Starr. Solaar has since released eight studio albums and one live album. The 8th studio album, Géopoétique, produced by Alain Etchart and mixed by sound engineer David Gnozzi, won best album of the year at the Victoires de la Musique awards in 2018.

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