As the son of Congolese rhumba forefather Tabu Ley Rochereau, Youssoupha is a member of an African music legacy. After his own hip-hop collective Bana Kin experienced enormous success through France, Youssoupha took steps toward developing a solo career. His 2005 solo 2005 release, Eternal Recommencement, hit the underground French hip-hop scene like a bomb, and included controversial songs like "Apologie de la Rue" and "Anti-Venus." As his popularity grew, so did pressure and demand for a follow-up solo album, which hit shelves in March 2007. A Chaque Frère furthered Youssoupha's reputation as a social commentator and voice of dissent. He maintains a busy touring schedule and a reputation as one of French hip-hop's foremost poets.