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Artist in Focus: Napoleon Da Legend

strictlyTIKI June 27, 2010 Unsigned Hype No Comments

Napoleon Da Legend, the name itself evokes images of larger than life ambition coupled with a flawed yet fascinating persona. Born in Paris, France and originally from a small, very impoverished African island called Comoros, Napoleon was raised in the DMV (DC, MD, VA area). He claimed to have coined a new genre of rap music – “Reality Rap”. Not feeling that any of the categories or “labels” attributed to rap artists fit his style and personality, Napoleon saw it appropriate to create “Reality Rap” representing a brand new genre for his music. Indeed, blessed with an uncanny versatility, Da Legend makes songs ranging from up-beat pop and dancehall influenced club bangers to deeply introspective social commentary.

Much like the historical Napoleon figure, his vision is global as he wishes to propagate his sound and “conquer” the ears of listeners in the four corners of the world. He is currently seeking the right team to materialize his vision and introduce his style of music to the global audience. Napoleon is a tireless perfectionist presently hard at work on his debut album “World Conquest”, which he describes as his official introduction to the world stage and music scene. Napoleon hopes his album can cause a paradigm shift in the current music scene like Obama was to the political scene.

Da Legend’s career has taking him to many states and even different countries where he has performed and collaborated with major artists. He already has a substantial fan base in the US and Europe, his myspace page having generated heavy traffic close to half a million individual views and three quarter million song plays (www.myspace.com/napoleondalegend). Napoleon has opened shows for many well-established artists in major venues in the DMV and the US: Busta Rhymes at GWU, Ghostface Killah at UMCP, Nelly at the 9:30 Club and Wyclef in Los Angeles. He has also performed in countless venues and clubs (large and small) in the DMV, New York, Philly, LA and Paris, France (radio appearances on Skyrock Radio and Generation 88.2 in Paris). He is a passionate and energetic performer able to captivate and excite audiences. In addition, he has years of studio experience showcasing innovative recording techniques, which he’s been known to keep very secret. He’s recently had music and videos featured on Hiphopdx.com, Thisis50, allhiphop.com, Dubcnn and many other well-known blogs.

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Napoleon was featured on the Indie-released single called Prison in Europe, which lead him to be invited on various famous signed artists projects in France such as Rockin’ Squat (EMI), Saian Supa Crew (Virgin) and Clara Morgane (Sony BMG). Da Legend was also sponsored by various urban clothing lines such as Grim Team and Wrung (French urban clothing line) for whom he was featured in their nationwide billboard ad campaign. Along with other local rappers in the DMV, he released several installments of the “Black Mafia” mixtape, which were promoted mainly in the North Atlantic region of the US. He is featured in an interview for the newly released December issue of “Heard” magazine.

Napoleon Da Legend intends to bring innovative concepts and ideas to the modern day musical landscape dominated by 24 hour news cycle and internet downloads. His journey towards created and releasing his “World Conquest” album has been tumultuous and filled with adversity. He will attempt to convey the emotional roller-coaster of these past years in his opus. The late DJ J-Zap, a local celebrity, said “he will live up to his name” upon first hearing a Napoleon Da Legend song years back. As it is well known, Napoleon’s ambitions were cut short some 200 years ago in the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon Da Legend, however, plans to carve a new path and rewrite history altogether while doing it. Only time will tell…

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