Abd al Malik is a French rapper and spoken word artist with roots in Congo Brazzaville. He started his career in the popular French rap group NAP (New African Poets) from Strasbourg; together with his brother he produced their first album 'Le ghetto pleure' in 1994. At age 16 he converted to islam and in the early years of his career he became a religious extremist, while later in life he started to adhere to a more moderate school of belief, expressed in his collection of essays titled 'Qu'Allah Bénisse la France'.
In 2004 Abd al Malik released his first solo album, while his second and third efforts did very well in the French album charts. His 2006 album 'Gibraltar' landed him the Prix Constantin, an award for budding musical talents in France.
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