MHD born Mohamed Sylla is a French rapper from Paris, who is known for blending trap music with music of West Africa.

He was born on the 10th of September, 1994 in La Roche-sur-Yon Vendée, France. He was previously part of the rap collective 1.9 Réseaux.

In January 2019, MHD was arrested by French police and charged with second-degree murder following investigation into a murder case dating back to 2018.

Let’s delve into his biography below.DrqffwYW4AA G8D

MHD Real Name

He was born Mohamed Sylla but he goes by the stage name MHD.

MHD Age 

He was born on the 10th of September, 1994 in La Roche-sur-Yon Vendée, France.

MHD Hometown

He was born on the 10th of September, 1994 in La Roche-sur-Yon Vendée, France.

MHD Early Life and Education

He was born to a Senegalese mother and a Guinean father. He moved to the 19th arrondissement of Paris when he was very young.

Growing up, MHD and his family would often listen to music from Africa and he cites Papa Wemba, Koffi Olomide, Salif Keita and Awilo Longomba as influences.

MHD Career

He joined 1.9 Réseaux, a rap collective in the 19th arrondissement in the year 2012 when he was only 18 years old.

He eventually quit the gangsta rap scene after years of trying to break through. He then started to make a living, first by delivering pizza, before landing a job as a waiter in a luxury restaurant in the 6th arrondissement.

MHD has since talked about this experience, and the casual racism he was subjected to by the patrons.

In August 2015, while on vacation, MHD posted a video on the Internet, of himself doing a freestyle over a song by Nigerian duo P-Square. The positive feedback inspired him to make a comeback into music.

However, he had been disappointed with the world of French-language rap from his previous experience, judging there was too much influence from American trends.

Drawing inspiration from his parents’ West African roots, he decided to provide diversity to the genre by adding cultural elements of this region into his music, such as musical genres, or singing verses in languages like Fula or Wolof. He coined this newfound genre as “Afro Trap”.DtvcepGXcAE6I1k

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He titled his first single  Afro Trap Part. 1 (La Moula) and featurrd local youths dancing in the streets and the video garnered a lot of popularity on YouTube.

He went on to release more songs and videos. Afro Trap Part. 3 (Champions League), a song praising the Paris Saint-Germain football club, is considered a breakthrough in MHD’s music career, with the song and its dance moves becoming popular with supporters –and later, players– of the club.

He was invited to perform as an opening act for French rapper Booba, and was featured in the soundtrack of the film Pattaya, and was also invited to the Élysée –the French presidential palace– by then-President François Hollande on the occasion of a visit by Guinean President Alpha Condé.

His first studio album, named after his stage name, MHD, was released on 15 April 2016.

It includes six parts of his Afro Trap series and songs featuring Fally Ipupa and Angélique Kidjo.

The album sold more than 200,000 copies in less than six months, earning a double platinum certification in France.

He made successful tours in Europe and Africa, and became an ambassador for clothing brand Puma.

His second album, titled “19” was released on 19 September 2018, including collaborations with artists such as Salif Keita, Dadju, Orelsan and Nigerian pop star Wizkid; as of 2019, it sold more than 75,000 copies.

In 2018, MHD made his film debut starring in Mon frère (My Brother), a French drama directed by Julien Abraham.

The film follows the story of Teddy (played by MHD) a young man who gets sent to a youth detention center after being accused of the murder of his abusive father.

Between the filming of Mon frère and the film’s theatrical release in July 2019, MHD was arrested in January 2019, and charged with second-degree murder, following investigation by French police into the death of a man in Paris.

He was released under judicial supervision in July 2020. Claiming his innocence, he is currently awaiting trial.

MHD Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

He goes by the handle @mhdofficiel on Instagram, @MHDOfficiel on Twitter and MHD on Facebook.

MHD Latest Songs

He has released quite a number hit tunes in to the market namely; Lettre à une femme, Niet Alsof, See You Again, Jaloux, Intro Mansa, Rouler, Aleo, Bella among many others.

Check out the official video of his song “Bella” featuring Wizkid below.


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