Born in Cameroun but brought up in France, OL1KU made a name for himself by joining the group KU2H (Coup de hache — Axe Blow) in Nanterre, a Parisian suburd, in 1997. Since moving to Montreal in 2000, he’s joined Les Architekts et la famille élargie du 13e étage, participating in many of their projects, including videoclips and performances at the Francofolies, as well as going on tour with Faf Larage and Shurik’n (IAM). Considered a top MC, OL1KU has just completed his first solo album La Distance, his own personal brand of hip hop which calls upon, other than his own vigorous prose, sounds of reggae as well as tribal dances. In tribute to his own peculiar journey, as the title of his album indicates, and to his attachment to his adopted country — OK1KY is proud to be one of Quebec’s Tae Kwon-do champions — he’s dedicated a song to his daughter Léane. In this first album, OK1KU talks about mixed blood, multiculturalism and integration.

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