Kaaris (born Gnakouri Okou in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on 30 January 1980) is a French rapper signed with Tallac Records, a label established by rapper Booba. Or noir his major album on Therapy Music / AZ / Universal Music was on 21 October 2013 after an initial success with Z.E.R.O in 2012.
Originating from Sevran, a northeastern suburb of Paris, France, born to Ivory Coast parents, he started rapping in 1999 releasing his first mixtape in 2001. He was also part of the hip hop collective RGT based in Sevran. He returned to his native Ivory Coast for a while, but returned to France after political unrest in the country. In 2007, he launched his street album 43eme Bima that led to signing with a new independent label French Cut Music.
However his meeting with French rapper Booba and producers Therapy gave him his first recording with Booba, "Criminelle league" released as part of Booba's Autopsie Vol. 4. Kaaris had his first charting hit "Kalash", credited to Booba featuring Kaaris appearing in Booba's album Futur.
Kaaris co-writes most of his materials in cooperation with record producer duo known as Therapy (made up of producers 2031 and 2093).
Discography: 2013 - Or Noir
2014 - Or Noir Part II