Napoleon Da Legend

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Paris, France
NationalityFrench
CitizenshipFrance
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • Producer

Napoleon Da Legend is an American/French rapper and producer. He was born in Paris, France, and is of Comoros heritage. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.[1]

Napoleon is bilingual - he speaks English and French fluently.[2]

Early Life

Growing up in the DMV Area (Washington D.C./Maryland, USA)[3], Napoleon Da Legend spent years traveling back and forth to shows, working a full-time job as a financial professional, and performing, before moving to Brooklyn, NY to begin pursuing music full-time.[4] Napoleon was given his name playing basketball. His nickname (after Napoleon Bonaparte) came from his skill, stature, and brash style of trash talk while playing. Napoleon says, “I added ‘Da Legend’ as a way to project my future self back to the present, for motivation”.[5]

Career

2013 - 16: Early career

Napoleon released his debut album, Awakening, in 2013, featuring Raekwon [6] and the late Sean Price. The music video for “Wise Men”, was released with the album.[7] It was one of Sean Price's last appearances before his death.

Around the same time, Napoleon met Crazy DJ Bazarro of Beatminerz Radio. Napoleon became a frequent guest and subsequently joined DJ Bazarro’s hip-hop group, Da Dysfunkshunal Familee (of “New Ruff Flava” fame).[8]

In March 2014, he opened up for Pharoahe Monch’s P.T.S.D. album release party at SOB's in New York City.[9]

2016 - 2018: Steal This Mixtape & More

In June 2016, Napoleon Da Legend released Steal This Mixtape.[10]

In February 2017, Napoleon went on his first 14-day official tour in Europe with DJ Architeknic of Underground Luv, which included an appearance at Hip-Opsession Festival in Paris. They also performed at Stereolux in Nantes, France alongside The Beatnuts, Jeru Da Damaja, Oddisee, and Black Milk.[11]

Napoleon was invited to perform at the Essence Music Festival.[12] In May 2017, he was invited to Sway in the Morning (at SiriusXM).[13] His freestyle earned him an appearance on Fox 5 DC, where he performed “Black Privilege”. Other festivals Napoleon performed at include the Rocksteady Crew’s 40th Anniversary Concert (NYC Summerstage), New York City’s Bastille Day Festival, the Anti-Defamation League’s “Voices” (with BBass, Paul Shaffer, and Plain White T's) (Westport, CT), and the A3C Hip-Hop Festival (Atlanta, GA).[14]

2018 - 2019: 16+ Projects

In June 2019, Napoleon was invited to perform in Mulhouse, France and Olten, Switzerland.[15] In August 2019, Napoleon and rapper/producer Sicknature (of the Snowgoons) Supa Kajiu and were soon invited to the Hip Hop Kemp festival (Czech Republic).[16]

In September 2019, Napoleon was invited to be a guest on The Michael Brooks Show (TMBS) with Michael Brooks (political commentator).[17] He spoke on his Comorian heritage, music, and world politics.

2019 - Present: More Projects and Collaborations

Napoleon Da Legend was featured on Scrooge Owens’ “Arrest the President”, R.A. the Rugged Man and Mad Squablz.[18]

In March 2020, Napoleon released Afrostreet 2,[19] the second installment of his afrobeat/hip-hop series. On this project, Napoleon showcases production skills, bilingual lyrics, and mixes hip-hop with rhythmic and melodic singing.

Napoleon recently released his self-produced project, Dragon Ball G, inspired by the anime cartoon, Dragon Ball Z.[20]

Akhenaton (rapper) of IAM (band) recently announced an upcoming collaborative project with Napoleon.[21]

Discography

Solo[22]

  • Awakening (2013)
  • Legendary (mixed by DJ Duke) (2016)
  • Soul Driven EP (2016) - Chopped Herring Records
  • Steal This Mixtape (2016)
  • Steal This Mixtape Too (2016)
  • Tupacrypha (2018)
  • Brooklyn in Mulhouse EP (2018)
  • Path of a Warrior produced by DJ Doom (2018) – Chopped Herring Records
  • Steal This Mixtape 3 (2018)
  • Afrostreet (2018)
  • Steal This Mixtape 4 (2018)
  • Hero’s Journey produced by Eyedee (2018)
  • Coup d’Etat produced by Giallo Point (2018) – Fxck Rxp Records
  • Gifted Unlimited Forever mixed by DJ Scribe (2018)
  • The Napoleon Tape EP (2018)
  • Mulhouse 2 Brooklyn EP (2019)
  • Holy Grail produced by Sproxx (2019) – Tuff Gong Records
  • Coup d’Etat 2 (produced by Giallo Point) (2019)
  • Bronze Saints (2019)
  • King of the North Star (2019)
  • Afrostreet 2 (2020)
  • Chikara produced by Onion Cuore (2020)
  • Charles de Gaulle (2020)
  • Street Universe produced by Giallo Point (2020)
  • The Stuff of Legend produced by Ro Data (2020)
  • Dragon Ball G (2020)

Collaborations[23]

  • T.H.P. (The Happy Place) EP w/ BBass (2015)
  • Bucktown in Bazarro World – Crazy DJ Bazarro (2016)
  • A Breath of Fresh Air – Dysfunkshunal Familee (2017)
  • Supa Kaiju – Supa Kaiju w/ Sicknature (2019)
  • Category IV EP – Supa Kaiju w/ Sicknature (2019)

In the media

  

References

  1. "Napoleon Da Legend: 'Hip hop is so accessible. All you need is a beat'". TRUE Africa. 2016-03-19. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  2. "NAPOLEON DA LEGEND : Passion et Éclectisme ⋆ T-REX Magazine". T-REX Magazine (in français). 2020-07-21. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  3. "Napoleon Da Legend Interview | MRC Hip Hop | Rap Promo". Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  4. "Napoleon Da Legend | Interview". TheBeeShine. 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  5. Stu (2017-07-19). "Capture the Creative w/ Napoleon Da Legend". hi___stu. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  6. "Raekwon Co-Signs Rap Newcomer Napoleon Da Legend". vladtv.com. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  7. "Napoleon Da Legend ft. Sean Price "Wise Men" Official Music Video - Bringing Down The Band Blog". bdtb. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  8. "Urban Vault Interviews – Napoleon Da Legend". THE VAULT UK. 2015-10-30. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  9. "SOB's To Host Pharoahe Monch "P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)" Album Release Party". HipHopDX. 2014-04-08. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  10. "Napoleon Da Legend Interview: "Hip-Hop needs more balance between good and bad"". Throw Up Magazine. 2020-12-08. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  11. "Hip Opsession 2017". Stereolux (in français). 2017-03-04. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  12. "Napoleon Da Legend on jazz and hip-hop". GRAMMY.com. 2017-07-06. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  13. "Friday Fire Cypher: Noah-O & Napoleon Da Legend Freestyle Over Black Saun Beats". Sway's Universe. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  14. "Napoleon Da Legend: rapper addresses today's problems". Inklings News. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  15. "MULHOUSE 2 BROOKLYN : NAPOLEON DA LEGEND + FREEZ – 90BPM" (in français). Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  16. "Official Hip Hop Kemp Italy Facebook Page". Hip Hop Kemp Italy Official FB Page. 2019-08-04. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  17. "The Michael Brooks Show: 105 - Reform & Revolution ft. Napoleon Da Legend, Bhaskar Sunkara & Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor". michaelbrooksshow.libsyn.com. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  18. "Scrooge Owens - 'Arrest The Government' feat. Napoleon Da Legend, Mad Squablz & R.A the Rugged Man". Grown Up Rap. 2020-02-06. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  19. "Afrostreet 2 by Napoleon Da Legend". Genius. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  20. "How Napoleon Da Legend Made Anime-Inspired Rap an Artform". Bandcamp Daily. 2020-11-05. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  21. "Akhenaton: The Green'roll Interview". Feat-Y, le média Green n'Roll. 2020-08-20. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  22. "Napoleon Da Legend Offical Bandcamp". Napoleon Da Legend. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  23. "Napoleon Da Legend - Genius.com - Full Discog". Genius. Retrieved 2021-02-01.

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