Aurlien Cotentin , better known by his stage name Orelsan, sometimes stylized as OrelSan , is a French rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor and film director. He has released two studio albums, his debut Perdu davance released onFebruary 2009, and the followup Le chant des sirnes released onSeptember 2011. He is also one half of the French hip hop duo Casseurs Flowters, along with Gringe, with whom he has released two studio albums Orelsan et Gringe sont les Casseurs Flowters in 2013, and the original soundtrack for their 2015 film Comment cest loin.
Aurlien Cotentin was born onAugust 1982 in Alenon in Lower Normandy, where he was raised by his father, a middle school principal, and his mother, a teacher. He initially listened to rock music and was also a fan of manga and bande dessine. While practicing basketball, he picked up the love of rap through his basketball friends. He graduated with a French baccalaurat in Economic and Social Sciences before moving to Caen where he studied at lcole de Management de Normandie, graduating in 2004. While in college, he made friends with record producer Skread, who had worked with Diams, Booba, Rohff and Nessbeal. He also collaborated with Gringe in his initial works and formed the duo Casseurs Flowters with him in 2004.