January 30, 1980 in Abidjan
Kaaris (born Okou Armand Gnakouri on 30 January 1980) is a French rapper from Sevran. Or Noir, his major album on Therapy Music / AZ / Universal Music was released on 21 October 2013. Originating from Sevran in northeastern suburb of Paris, in Seine-Saint-Denis department, born to parents from the Ivory Coast, he started rapping in 1999 releasing his first mixtape in 2001. 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.