Oxmo, born in Mali, honed his skills alongside Booba in the early years as members of the rap outfit, Time Bomb. Initially a straight-up, hardcore MC, he's refined his style considerably over the years, though it was always clear from the start that there was something slightly different about him. His lyrics were odd and often showcased his remarkable ability to tell stories that were quite violent and always vivid. He created poetry out of the harsh Parisian landscapes, and that's what led many to compare him to the Notorious B.I.G. Still considered a vet in the French rap arena, Oxmo's output is now firmly influenced by jazz, showing his versatility as an artist who is still on the go.