Born Aurelien Cotentin and known best as "Orelsan," this French hip-hop artist and music producer became famous for his work with a rap group called Casseurs Flowters. Also a popular solo artist, he released Le Chant des Sirenes and other albums.
He briefly attended the University of Tampa before releasing his debut studio album, Perdu d'Avance, in 2009.
The apparently misogynistic themes of some of his songs spurred a great deal of controversy and, in 2013, resulted in minor legal action against him.
He grew up in Alençon, France, as the son of a teacher mother and a principal father.
As a result of his frequent melding of humorous and violent lyrics, he has been compared to the famous American rapper Eminem.