Gandhi Djuna (born 6 May 1986, Kinshasa), better known by his stage nameMaître Gims, is a Congolese rapper and singer. He is a member of the hip-hop group Sexion d'Assaut, and has developed a solo career with a major release, his solo album Subliminal.

Career

Gandhi Djuna, born in Kinshasa (DRC) with his brother, immigrated to France when he was just two years old. Growing up in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, he later moved to the 9th arrondissement and eventually the 19th arrondissement. Taking the name of Gims, he rapped at college with his friends of Sexion d'Assaut while studying communication and graphical arts. He also worked part-time as a courrier at night.

He recorded his first track with Sexion d'Assaut "Coup 2 Pression" and worked with JR in the Prototype 3015 duo project. He decided to add Maître to his name Gims and also used the pseudonyme "le Fléau" ("the Bane"). He also worked on a number of independent releases, and a mixtape La Terre du Milieu ("Middle-Earth")as part of 3e Prototype after taking Dawala as manager. In 2007, he also worked as producer, wrote instrumental pieces and released his maxi Pour ceux qui dorment les yeux ouverts ("For those who sleep with open eyes"). On the maxi were tracks with Sexion d'Assaut, rapper Koma (from Scred Connexion) and a singer Carole. Continuing to record tracks with Sexion d'Assaut at two Inch'All Star battles, he became a well-known French freestyler. He also took part with 3e Prototype in a new street album called Le Renouveau ("The Rebirth").

In 2011, Maître Gims issued a collaboration with his father Djuna Djanana in a new album of Djanana and in 2012, was the artist for a Comics book called Au cœur du vortex ("In the Heart of the Vortex").

Maître Gims heavily promoted the release of his 2013 album Subliminal on 20 May 2013 as he announced with the video "Welcome to the Wa Part. 4: La Consécration". He also released a series of 6 consecutive releases included unpublished materials called Ceci n'est pas un Clip. On 1 March 2013, Maître Gims released "Meurtre par strangulation" (M.P.S.) as a first pre-release from the Subliminal album. On 15 March 2013, just two weeks later, he released a second track from the album "J'me tire", that topped the SNEP official French Singles Chart. Subliminal was a big commercial success and made it to number 2 in the French albums chart and number 1 in the Belgian French charts. On 2 December 2013, a new edition titled La face cachée was released by Wati B and Jive Records, containing 6 additional tracks in addition to the 18 tracks on the original Subliminal release. He has also started his own record label, MMC (Monstre Marin Corporation).

Monstre Marin Corporation (MMC)

Maître Gims created his own record label MMC (standing for Monstre Marin Corporation) that is affiliated with Universal Music France. He signed rapper Bedjik (his younger sibling), rapper Yanslo (19e arrondissement), DJ Last One who already DJs for Maitre Gims and Amalya, a contestant in The Voice, la plus belle voix,

Personal life

Coming from a musical family, his father was Djanana Djuna, a vocalist of Papa Wemba's band. Maître Gims' brother Dadju is a member of the group The Shin Sekaï. Brothers Bedjik and Xgangs are also rappers in their own right. Maître Gims married very young and is the father to four children. Born to Christian parents, he converted to Islam in 2004. In 2013, following the huge international success of "J'me tire", Maître Gims launched Vortex, his own clothing line. In the music video for "J'me tire", he is seen wearing one of his Vortex creation T-shirts.

Discography

(For discography as part of Sexion d'Assaut, see discography sections there)

Albums

Solo albums
YearAlbumPeak positionsCertifications
FRA
BEL
(Fl)


BEL
(Wa)


DEN

NED

SWI

2013Subliminal
  • Release date: 20 May 2013
  • Record label: Wati B, MMC (Standard Edition)
2471 –9411Diamond disc (given after 500,000 sales but the album went on to sell over 1 million copies)
2015Mon cœur avait raison
  • Release date: 28 August 2015
  • Record label: Wati B, Sony Music
12414403
Others
  • 2013: La face cachée(18 tracks of Subliminal, plus 6 additional tracks) [Wati B / Jive Records]
Compilations
  • 2004–2009: Gims, Le fléau (compilation)
  • 2004–2009: 100% Maître Gims (compilation)

Mixtapes and street albums

  • 2005: La terre du milieu" (3e Prototype Mixtape)
  • 2008: Le Renouveau (3e Prototype Street album)

EPs

YearEP titlePeak positions
FRA
2013Simon Lemay193

Singles

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
FRA
BEL
(Fl)

BEL
(Wa)

DEN
NED
SWI
ITA
2006Pour ceux qui dorment les yeux ouverts
(Maxi single)
Maxi single. Non-album release
2013"Meurtre par strangulation"5967*Subliminal
"J'me tire"141517
"Bella"356*325
"One Shot"
(feat. Dry)
1657*25
"Ça marche"
(feat. The Shin Sekaï)
29109*28
"Changer"915
"Zombie"32166The hidden side of
Subliminal
"Warano-Style"2154*
2015"Est-ce que tu m'aimes?"31924431Mon cœur avait raison
"Laissez passer"726
"Brisé"636
"Sapés comme jamais"
(feat. Niska)
321
2016"Ma beauté"1148TBA
"150"61
"Boucan"
(feat. Jul and DJ Last One)
79

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts. For Ultratip peaks, added 50 positions to arrive at an equivalent Ultratop position

Other releases and charted songs
YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
FRA
2013
"VQ2PQ"66Subliminal
"Épuisé"79
"Pas touché"
(feat. Pitbull)
90
"Ça décoiffe"
(feat. Black M & Jr O Crom)
104
"À la base"134
"La chute"137
"Freedom"
(feat. H Magnum)
146
"Outsider"
(feat. Beidjik - Dadju (The Shin Sekaï) - Xgangs)
147
"Où est ton arme"
(feat. Maska)
163
"Laisse tomber"
(feat. Dr. Beriz & Insolent (L'Institut))
200
"Bavon"
(feat. Charly Bell)
92Les Chroniques du Wati Boss
"Monstre marin"50The hidden side of
Subliminal
"Close Your Eyes"
(feat. Jr O Crom)
54
"De Marseille à Paris"
(feat. Bedjik, Dr. Beriz, H Magnum & Soprano)
58
"You Lose"65
2015"Melynda Gates"112Mon coeur avait raison
"Longue vie"
(featuring Lefa)
52
"Je te pardonne"
(featuring Sia)
15
"Tu vas me manquer"8
"Mon cœur avait raison"54
"Hasta luego"75
"Habibi"86
"Contradiction"
(featuring Barack Adama)
98
"Number One"
(featuring H Magnum)
143
"ABCD"165
"La main du roi"171
"Cadeaux"183
"Sans rétro"
(featuring Dadju)
184
Featured in
YearSinglePeak positionsCertificationsAlbum
FRA
BEL
(Fl)
BEL
(Wa)

2011"Pas de nouvelle bonne nouvelle"
(DJ Abdel feat. Maitre Gims & Black M)
84
2012"Ma mélodie"
(Dry feat. Maître Gims)
3327
"Coucou"
(Colonel Reyel avec Maître Gims)
149Colonel Reyel album
Soldat de l'amour
2013"Fin de dream"
(H Magnum feat. Maître Gims)
170
"AVF"
(Stromae with Maître Gims & Orelsan)
4338Stromae album
Racine Carrée
"Game Over"
(Vitaa feat. Maître Gims)
1118*7
"Le choix"
(Dry feat. Maître Gims)
57
"Longueur d'avance"
(Booba feat. Maître Gims)
1348Booba album
Futur 2.0
2014"Pour commencer"
(Marin Monster feat. Maître Gims)
4677*
"Prie pour moi"
(Maska feat. Maître Gims)
5094*
"Du swagg"
(DJ Kayz feat. H Magnum & Maître Gims)
45
"A contre sens"
(Shaniz feat. Maître Gims)
89
"Laisse-moi te dire"
(Mac Tyer feat. Maître Gims)
4088*
"Dans son sac"
(Alonzo feat. Maître Gims)
78
2015"Au cœur de Lutéce"
(Hayce Lemsi feat. Maître Gims)
184
"Petit jaloux"
(Lacrim feat. Maître Gims)
64Lacrim album
Ripro Vol. 2
2016"Pourquoi tu m'en veux? "
(H Magnum feat. Maître Gims)
8984*

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts. For Ultratip peaks, added 50 positions to arrive at an equivalent Ultratop position.

Other appearances
  • 2005: "Le Coup Final" (Black Mesrimes and Bakry feat. Maître Gims, Adams, Anraye & Haplokia (Maxi Le Pacte)
  • 2006: "Spectre du débit" (Maître Gims feat. Lefa & JR O Crom)
  • 2008: "Ghetto Girl" (feat. Kizito)
  • 2008: "Yougata vibe" (feat. Mister you)
  • 2008: "P'tit son d'été" (Sexion d'Assaut)
  • 2009: "L'effet papillon" (Youssoupha)
  • 2009: "D'après vous" (feat. Mister You & JR O Crom)
  • 2009: "Wati Bonhomme" (feat. Dry)
  • 2010: Ça Marche En Équipe(street tape by H Magnum feat. Sexion d'Assault)
  • 2011: "Donnez-nous de la funk" (feat. DJ Abdel on album Evolution 2011)
  • 2011: "Sahbi" (Sexion d'Assaut on compuilation album Rai'nb Fever 4)
  • 2011: "Blood Diamondz" (feat. Sniper)
  • 2012: "Avant qu'elle parte" (Sexion d'Assaut)
  • 2012: "Excellent" (feat. H Magnum)
  • 2012: "Mon Défaut" (feat. Dry)
  • 2012: "Ils sont cools" (Orelsan feat. Gringe (Maître Gims appears in music video)
  • 2014: "Prie Pour Moi" (Maska feat. Maître Gims)