Maitre Gims real name is Gandhi Djuna was born on 6 May 1986, He is a Congolese born French
rapper, singer and songwriter who has lived most of life and made his
career in France. He is member of the hip-hop group Sexion d’Assaut and
also has developed a solo career with a major release, his solo album Subliminal. Crossing Boundaries With Music Award AFRIMMA AWARD 2016 Nominees
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Djuna, born in Kinshasa (RDC) with his brother, immigrated to France
when he was just two years old. Growing up in the 3rd arrondissement of
Paris, he later moved to the 9th arrondissement and eventually the 19th
arrondissement. Taking the name of Gims, he rapped at college with his
friends of Sexion d’Assaut while studying communication and graphical
arts. He also worked part-time as a courrier at night.
recorded his first track with Sexion d’Assaut “Coup 2 Pression” and
worked with JR in the Prototype 3015 duo project. He decided to add
Maître to his name Gims and also used the pseudonyme “le Fléau” (“the
Bane”). He also worked on a number of independent releases, and a
mixtape La Terre du Milieu (“Middle-Earth”)as part of 3e
Prototype after taking Dawala as manager. In 2007, he also worked as
producer, wrote instrumental pieces and released his maxi Pour ceux qui dorment les yeux ouverts
(“For those who sleep with open eyes”). On the maxi were tracks with
Sexion d’Assaut, rapper Koma (from Scred Connexion) and a singer Carole.
Continuing to record tracks with Sexion d’Assaut at two Inch’All Star
battles, he became a well-known French freestyler. He also took part
with 3e Prototype in a new street album called Le Renouveau (“The Rebirth”).
2011, Maître Gims issued a collaboration with his father Djuna Djanana
in a new album of Djanana and in 2012, was the artist for a Comics book
called Au cœur du vortex (“In the Heart of the Vortex”).
Maître Gims heavily promoted the release of his 2013 album Subliminal
on 20 May 2013 as he announced with the video “Welcome to the Wa Part.
4: La Consécration”. He also released a series of 6 consecutive releases
included unpublished materials called Ceci n’est pas un Clip. On 1 March 2013, Maître Gims released “Meurtre par strangulation” (M.P.S.) as a first pre-release from the Subliminal
album. On 15 March 2013, just two weeks later, he released a second
track from the album “J’me tire”, that topped the SNEP official French
Singles Chart. Subliminal was a big commercial success and made
it to number 2 in the French albums chart and number 1 in the Belgian
French charts. On 2 December 2013, a new edition titled La face cachée was releasedby Wati B and Jive Records, containing 6 additional tracks in addition to the 18 tracks on the original Subliminal release. He has also started his own record label, MMC (Monstre Marin Corporation).
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