NAPOLEON DA LEGEND
Once in a millennium, bilingual, afrobeat/hip-hop artist, Napoleon Da Legend. NDL transferred his skills on the basketball court to the wax. But wait: before that, he had to teach himself English. He listened to his radio like a mad scientist.
Great. Now that we know where the drive and passion comes from…
Paris-born, to the Comoros Islands, then Washington DC raised, Napoleon is a Brooklyn-based artist who uses his voice as weapon of hope, social-critique, conquest, and joy. NDL’s song “Black Privilege” led him to be featured at the Essence Festival in 2017. He was then invited to perform live on FOX 5’s Good Day DC.
NDL’s message of empowerment, community, and self-determination through music doesn’t stop there. He also works regularly with youth, running hip-hop workshops in Brooklyn’s toughest schools and Rikers Island’s juvenile programs.
Following the release of his “Steal This Mixtape” series in 2016, Napoleon has been touring the US and Europe. He’s been featured on Statik Selekta’s Show Off Radio Show, Tony Touch's Toca Tuesdays, DJ Eclipse’s Rap is Outta Control, and Sway Calloway’s Sway in the Morning. To top all this, he stole the show at the Rocksteady Crew’s 40th Anniversary show at SummerStage in Central Park. N.D.L. held his own with Mobb Deep and DJ Premier, living up to the “Legend” in his name.
2017 was a year of charity for NDL, headlining a show at Reebok Union Square in conjunction with the Xavier Mission, and The Anti-Defamation League’s “Voices” concert, with Paul Schaffer and The Plain White T’s. In 2019, NDL performed in Europe’s biggest Hip-Hop Festival Hip-Hop Kemp in Czech Republic as Supa Kaiju with rapper/producer Sicknature.
2018 was a Jordan year, without a doubt. Napoleon released 10 projects- including four albums, four mixtapes, and two EP’s released through various indie labels (Chopped Herring, Media Pop, Copenhagen Crates and Tuff Gong Records). This was followed by eight appearances in 2019 at Harlem Week's main stage (with acts like Donnie McClurkin and 112).
Since then, NDL has released 10 more projects, including the afrobeat/hip-hop fusion projects, "Afrostreet" & “Afrostreet 2”. After creating a few anthems ("Poulet Maafe") for his French speaking African fans on the series, NDL decided to put his French powers into high gear. In September, 2019, he gave his 1st in interview in French with Mediapac (Watch it here), garnering over 100,000 views in less than a week. In May 2020, NDL featured on elite French rapper Akhenaton's (IAM) “Asteroïde” project, trading verses in French and English on groundbreaking songs like “Storytellers”. He then released a groundbreaking EP, “Charles de Gaulle”, with 2 versions of every song (French & English).
Let's say this: From hip-hop that makes you think & feel triumphant, to infectious, memorable dance records, Napoleon continues to prove he’s a force to be reckoned with. And he’s only just begun.
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