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Soprano
   
Number of songs: 15 | Total weeks on charts: 229
Appearing in a total number of: 34 charts | Total period running: 1091 days
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Soprano, born Saïd M'Roubaba in Marseille is a French rapper of Comorian descent. He was a very important member of the rap group Psy 4 de la Rime. 
As a youth, Saïd was fascinated with American R&B and hip-hop artists such as Michael Jackson and Kris Kross. Though a reluctant leader, it was not long before he formed a hip-hop crew of his own, with two members from his parents' native Comoros and the fourth from Morocco. M'Roubaba and friends became important players in the years when European hip-hop's foundation was being laid. He earned a reputation for a lyrical intuition and insight uncommon in the genre. The quartet capitalized on this image, choosing the name Psy 4 de la Rime (Four Psychiatrists of Rhyme). 

M'Roubaba chose the MC name Soprano, enamored with American TV's Tony Soprano, especially for the character's psychiatric explorations. The group built up instantaneous recognition, with two records to its credit, Enfants de la Lune and Block Party, both of which went gold in a matter of weeks upon release. As often happens with successful hip-hop groups, one member finds himself singled out as having solo potential. Soprano was solicited by a number of labels offering to help him release a solo disc. He tested the waters with the 2006 mixtape Psychanalyse Avant l'Album. The record's positive reception and enthusiastic label support convinced the artist that the time was right for his debut studio album. Puisqu'il Faut Vivre was released in March 2007, immediately landing on Billboard's European Top 100 and hitting the number two spot in the French album charts. 

While inspired by the obvious big names of U.S. hip-hop, Soprano was also influenced by West African music and by some of the more conscious names of French rap, such as Fonky Family. He aimed to present a more positive type of rap free of some of the more unsavory attitudes often associated with the genre. While a stopgap live album, Live au Dôme de Marseille, was released in 2008, he took his time with the studio follow-up, a dualistic concept double album, the first part of which, La Colombe ("The Dove"), did not drop until the end of 2010. The second part, Le Corbeau ("The Raven"), arrived a few months later. The albums did extremely well, both entering the top three; they were later combined and re-released as a double-CD package. Fans did not have to wait nearly so long for the next release, as the punningly titled E=2MCs, a collaboration with fellow rapper REDK, arrived in 2012.

* 2002: Block Party
* 2005: Enfants De La Lune
* 2008: Les Cités D'Or Solo * 2004 : We Copy The Remix
* 2006: Psychanalyse Avant L'Album
* 2007: Puisqu'il Faut Vivre
* 2008: Live au Dome de Marseille
* 2011: Le Corbeau
* 2011: La Colombe
* 2012: E=2MC's
* 2014: Cosmopolitanie
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia


Soprano in the news
The Cleveland Orchestra Announces 100th Season For 2017-18 (20/03/2017) Kaija Saariaho's Acclaimed Contemporary Opera "L'Aamour De Loin" Comes To "Great Performances At The Met" On April 2, 2017 (17/03/2017)
Opera's "Once In A Century Soprano," The Great Alessandra Marc, To Perform At Carnegie Hall Gala (10/03/2017) Mahler For Vision: A Concert For The Restoration Of Vision, Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," Monday, February 13, 2017 At 8pm Carnegie Hall (27/01/2017)
Sarah Brightman Named Godmother Of Seabourn Encore (15/11/2016) The Livesays Feat. Clarence Clemons Guitarist/Singer Billy Livesay To Release New Album "Hold On... Life Is Calling" (30/09/2016)
Our Lady Peace's "Clumsy" On Vinyl For The First Time Ever On November 25 In Honor Of Album's 20th Anniversary (19/09/2016) South African Soprano Pretty Yende, A Rising Star With A Modern Fairy-Tale Story, Releases Debut Album A Journey Available September 16, 2016 (19/09/2016)
Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Patrice Chareau's Acclaimed Staging Of Elektra, With Nina Stemme In The Title Role On Great Performances At The Met On September 18, 2016 (15/08/2016) Music China 2016: Wide Variety Of Instrument Suppliers Aspire To Boost Chinese And Asian Markets (10/08/2016)
Franco Zeffirelli's Spectacular Production Of Puccini's Turandot Starring Acclaimed Soprano Nina Stemme Comes To Great Performances On June 12, 2016 (24/05/2016) Dan Redfeld Announces The Release Of Classical CD A Hopeful Place For Soprano And Chamber Orchestra From Navona Records (17/05/2016)
Mezzo-Soprano Tara Erraught And Tenor Anthony Kearns Featured In "Ireland 100" Festival On May 23, 2016 (04/05/2016) Dan Redfeld Announces The Release Of Classical CD A Hopeful Place For Soprano And Chamber Orchestra From Navona Records (03/05/2016)
Sony Classical Releases Soundtrack To PBS Masterpiece Drama Mr. Selfridge (09/03/2016)
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