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|Birth name||Nabil Salhy|
|Also known as||Ness, NessBeal, NE2S, N.E.2.S.|
16 August 1978|
|Associated acts||Dicidens, Isleym, Skread, 92I|
Nabil Salhy (born 16 August 1978), better known by his stage name Nessbeal, is a French rapper. Nessbeal started earlier as NessBeal under which he released his debut studio album La mélodie des briques. At times he has also used NE2S or just Ness. He is currently signed to 7th Magnitude, founded by French record producer Skread.
Nabil Salhy was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, in the western suburbs of Paris, to a Moroccan family. When his parents divorced he went to live with his mother in difficult conditions in Hautes Noués in Villiers-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne an eastern suburb of Paris, whereas his father stayed in Boulogne-Billancourt. In 1996, he formed the rap and hip hop group Dicidens, a trio including Nessbeal and French-Martinique rapper Zesau and Korias realizing various maxis in 1999 and 2000 being signed to the independent label Magma that later was known as Paire d'As. He cooperated with the band Lunatic. Their album HLM rezidants released in 2004, sold 10,000 copies and was their first chart success reaching number 78 on the SNEP, French albums chart where it stayed for 3 weeks.
Nessbeal was also involved with collective 92I with Lunatic, la Malekal Morte, Sir Doum's etc. He took part in Booba's first two releases. Not seeing a great progress of his career in 92I, he left after signing to Nouvelle Donne music label releasing two solo albums La mélodie des briques in 2006, considered a great example of underground rap followed by the more commercially successful Rois sans couronne in 2008 that reportedly sold 20,000 copies and in 2009 a mixtape, RSC Sessions Perdues. With his brother Dedy, he declared establishing a fictional label he named Verbal Brolik.
Signed to 7th Magnitude label, in 2010, he released NE2S, produced by Skread from Orelsan's team. The album became his biggest success with many collaborations with Orelsan, La Fouine, Bradley Jones, Isleym and Indila. With the popularity of the single "À chaque jour suffit sa peine" available online and with big coverage from French radio, NE2S sold close to 30,000 copies peaking at number 13 in the albums chart. In November 2011 came his fourth album and the second with 7th Magnitude under the title Sélection Naturelle with collaborations with rapper Soprano, La Fouine, Mister You, Mélissa Nkonda. It was also produced by Skread.
He took part with some materials in Mister You's album MDR Mec de rue 2 with the track "Mesdames, messieurs". He was involved also with some collective projects like Street Lourd Hall Stars, Illicite projet and Talents fâchés etc. He also had two "fights" with Médine and Youssoupha. After Sélection naturelle, he announced that he was taking a break from rapping, but by the end of 2013 announced he was preparing a new release in addition to composing for soundtrack of the film La Marche.
- 2009: RSC Sessions Perdues
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