BMG France has singed platinum-selling rapper La Fouine to a worldwide exclusive songwriter agreement, the company announced Monday.
The urban hip-hop star -- whose name translates as “The Weasel” in English -- is one of France's most successful rappers. His latest solo album, Dole de Parcours, has been certified gold in France and his previous two: "Mes Reperes" (2009) and "La Fouine vs Laouni" (2011) both went platinum. In 2011, he was honored as best French artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards. La Fouine has his own label, Banlieue Sale, launched in 2008 in collaboration with Sony BMG.
In addition to his solo work, La Fouine has collaborated with such U.S. rappers as The Game and T-Pain and currently works as part of the French hip-hop collective Team BS (for Banlieue Sale) which includes French rappers Sultan, Fababy and Sindy. Their first, self-titled, album debuted at number five on the official French album charts on Feb. 2
This article originally appeared on THR.com.