YOUNG PARIS, aka Milandou Badila, is parading into the industry like a breath of fresh air. He’s been getting a lot of coverage for his unique blend of formulated melodies that vacillate between Hip-Hop, Trap, and African drumbeats.
Young Paris totes an origin story that blends cultures from three corners of the world. Born to Congolese parents, his father founded the National Ballet of Congo. His mother, a respected play writer and dancer joined his father’s company in Paris after touring with world famous ‘Rose Marie Guiraud’.
Now taking on the task of fusing his palette to create Afro-centric art, the 27-year-old fuses the pulsing sounds of Africa with hip-hop and Electronic Dance Music to bring his own brand of self-love to the world stage. Since crafting his sound with his 2014 project Rap | Electronic, Young Paris was then selected to perform at Arcade Fire’s KANPE KANAVAL, as well as the Parisian leg of the AFROPUNK Festival.
He is now an Artistic Director, Music Producer and Song Writer who has worked with Grammy award winning producers and musicians from all over the world. Young Paris has also been featured in TEDx, XXL Mag, Pigeons & Planes, The Fader, BET, VFiles, & All Hip Hop, in addition to VOGUE, & VMagazine. In June, he dropped his acclaimed full-length mixtape, African Vogue, through The FADER, and recently released new visuals for his singles “Get Ready, featuring Hip-Hop legend M1 from Dead Prez, and Best of Me,” featuring Grammy nominated producer Benjamin Bronfman.
Young Paris’ latest accomplishment finds him as a signee to the Jay-Z’s entertainment brand, Roc Nation. This move solidifies his mission to bring his international vibes to the mainstream. Tying in his roots with the times, Young Paris is ready to introduce his wave of socially conscious lyricism over Afrobeat rhythms blended with Pop, Trap or EDM.
The Village Voice (NYC): « Young Paris is probably the best Incarnation of AFROPUNK as a concept »
NY Mag: « Young Paris Is Bringing Congolese Style to the Rap Game »
Paper: « Getting Ready with Young Paris, the rapper setting New York alight
New York Daily News: « Rapper Young Paris is bringing a piece of Africa to American hip hop »