L'Algérino (The Algerian), whose real name is Samir Djoghlal was born 2 May 1981 in Bouches-du-Rhône, Marseille. He is a French-Algerian rapper whose family came from Khenchela, Algeria.
A childhood friend of JUL, he was discovered in 2001 by rapper Akhenaton, a member of the IAM group, who signed him on his 361 Recordz label, and in which he published his first album "The Last Be the First" (French: Les derniers seront les premiers), in June 2005. Aged 25, L'Algérino becomes the first Marseille artist signed on an independent Paris label, the Sinik Six-O-Nine.
Samir Djoghlal known as 'L'Algerino' of Algerian parents, was born in 1981 in Marseille. He was introduced to rap at a very young age listening to Suprême NTM and IAM in the northern districts of Marseille. He started rapping at the age of 11 and quickly began releasing mixtapes and appearing in local concerts.
He had brief stints with groups 'B-Vice Junior' and '45 Niggaz', releasing independent albums with both of them. The work of Algérino is produced in its early days by Hichem Gombra and Hafid Fédaouche (HF Production), with whom he recorded his first maxi two titles called "T'sais c'est qui qui cause?" (English: Do You Know who's talking?), whose instrumental is composed by Soprano of Psy4 De La Rime. He officially made a name for himself when he appeared on Psy 4 de la Rime's album "Block Party".
L'Algerino was discovered in 2004 by Akhenaton, a member of the IAM group, who signs him on his label 361 Records; his first album, "Les derniers seront les premiers" (English:The Last Be the First), is distributed by Naïve Records and released in 2005. The group offers him the first parts of their concerts, with Psy4 De La Rime. During a concert in Chambéry.
L'Algérino and Sinik share the poster and meet for the first time. It is in Paris that they meet again several times and plan to move together after the departure of Sam 361 Records. Aged 25, L'Algérino became the first Marseille artist to be signed on an independent Paris label, Six-O-Nine. After relative success of his debut album, he released in 2007 album "Mentalité pirate" (English: Pirate attitude), which gained fame, through tracks like "L'envie de vaincre" (English: the desire to conquer), "Fleur fanée", (English: Faded flower) and the sentimental "Entre deux flammes" (English: Between two flames).
In March 2010, L'Algerino released his third album "Effet miroir" (English: Mirror Effect), which reaches 20th place in the French chart. The hit single "Sur la tête de ma mère" (english: On the head of my mother) became a huge popular success for the singer; the song starts as: "Saturday night, at full moon, the wolves come out of their lairs, the wolves are beautiful, dress in the most beautiful ways ..."
At the end of 2011, the rapper from Marseille released his fourth album, "C'est correct" (English: That’s correct), whose single "Avec le sourire" (English: With the smile), a reggae song, goes around radios all over France; the album reaches 26th place in the French chart. "Aigle royal" (English: Royal Eagle), his next album, is released in 2014, followed by his sixth album entitled "Oriental Dream" at Black Pearl Music in October 2015. L'Algerino’s seventh album "Banderas" was released in October 2016 and reached 12th place in the French chart.
In May 2017, he released his single "Les menottes (Tching Tchang Tchong)" (English: Handcuffs, Tching Tchang Tchong), which was a success, since he was viewed by more than 260 million on YouTube in less than six months since his release.
Discography: 2005 - Les derniers seront les premiers
2007 - Mentalité pirate
2010 - Effet miroir
2011 - C'est correct
2014 - Aigle royal
2015 - Oriental Dream
2016 - Banderas