Lamine Kaminsky (also José / Youcef), better known by his stage name Rocé (born Algiers, Algeria in 1977) is a French rapper of Algerian origin.
Born in Bab El-Oued, a neighborhood of Algiers, to Adolfo Kaminsky, an Argentinian resistant of Russian-Jewish descent and an Algerian mother, he immigrated while very young to France and grew up in Val-de-Marne, a Paris suburb. He had his break when Manu Key of the French rap collective Mafia K-1 Fry invite him to contribute a solo freestyle interlude of his own composition called "Respect" in 1996. The track appeared in the album La rime urbaine of Manu Key's group Different Teep.
In 1998, Rocé released two maxi-singles, "Pour l'horizon / De ma haine à ta haine" and "Ricochets / Encore et encore" with Chronowax / Espionnage, DJ Mehdi's label. And in 1999, appeared in the compilation Première classe vol. 1 with track "La vérité blesse" with group 113 and Rodriguez aka Jeap12 (from Less du Neuf). The same year he appeared on Koma album Le réveil with his track "Un parmi des millions".
In 2002, he released his debut album, Top départ on Chronowax label with collaborations with J.L. and Manu Key. Two tracks were also released as music videos, "Changer le monde" directed by Kourtrajme and "On s'habitue" directed by Alexander Wise.
In 2006, came the follow-up album Identité en crescendo on No Format! label, distributed by Universal Jazz. The album was co-written with Djohar Sidhoum-Rahal alias Raqal le Requin, a musician and poet and co-produced by Rocé. There were collaborations with famous Archie Shepp (saxophone), Jacques Coursil (trumpet). Pre-released tracks include "Appris par cœur" and "Besoin d'oxygène".
Third album L'être humain et le réverbère was released on 8 March 2010 on Big Cheese Records, with the single "Si peu comprennent" as first release. The music video for it and for "Des questions a vos réponses" were directed by Quentin Lestienne and a later version by Alexander Wise. The album was produced by Tcho Antidote.
Gunz'N'Rocé, his fourth album was released on 4 mars 2013.
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