Napoleon Da Legand
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Napoleon Da Legend, a wise and deeply lyrical cat from the D.C area who shares the same name as the well-known Emporer of France is making a big impact with his recently released single “Veni Vidi Vici Part 2”.

In the same way Napoleon Bonaparte changed European politics, this thought-provoking MC hopes to revolutionize Hip-Hop as we know it, as he explains “The music game is sick right now, [it] needs revival fast. There are too many carbon copies, imitators, band wagon jumpers and too few originators and innovators.”

Dubcnn sits down with Napolean Da Legend to discuss History, Hip-Hop Wars, and Humanity in this Dubcnn Exclusive Interview.

As ever, be sure to leave your feedback in our forums or email them to haywire@dubcnn.com.


Dubcnn: Napoleon Da Legend, why does this name represent you as an artist? Do you have a fascination with European history or do you consider yourself a history buff?

Back in the day, I fell in love with basketball and had some major hoop dreams. The D.M.V. area is a basketball city with lots of talent coming out of there, you know, Francis, Beasley, Durant, AI, etc. I used to talk major shit on the courts and everybody that seen me would tell you the same thing, not to mention I did my thing, too. I used to take it to the big boys in the lane and go in hard, regardless. Being shorter than the average ball player, it would make a lot of heads turn. People started to call me “Napoleon” on some everyday talk because of my ambition and “shit talking”. [Laughs] It grew on me and I was feeling it. So when I started rapping I thought it was only natural for me to keep it. All I did was add “Da Legend” to the back because the mark I would leave was yet to be witnessed.

I wouldn’t say my main interest was solely on European history, but more precisely the History of the World and humanity. I always enjoy catching National Geographic Channel and the History channel. What really intrigues me is “real” history, not just what is broadcasted and written. History always belongs to the victor. I feel as though if we, as one people, don’t learn from our past mistakes, we will keep falling down the same traps over and over. It’s like the old saying: “If you don’t know where you came from, you don’t know where you going”. The vast majority of the soldiers fighting wars all over the world in different lands are the youth. They have no idea what they are doing because they can’t put their actions in context. They are part of disputes that originated well before they were conceived, brainwashed to do someone else’s bidding. It ain’t fair. They are never the ones that benefit in the end. History is important; I feel we gain from knowing and researching our history -- point blank.


Dubcnn: In the early 19th century, French Emperor Napoleon I shaped European politics with his actions. How do you foresee yourself shaping musical history?

Napoleon I’s blueprint and concept is very much alive in the Western European way of living, governance and doing things -- in particular in France. He was no doubt a one-of-a-kind individual and has been written about in tens of thousands of publications. He had a genius mind. Was he a little crazy, brutal and ego-centric? More than likely the answer is a “yes” on all counts.

Napoleon Da Legend rewrites history through his music. That’s why I said in the previous question that it’s important to know your history in order not to repeat mistakes from the past.

As an artist, I’m just gonna be dedicated to let my experiences and my soul speak and live through my verses with brutal honesty and true feeling. The music game is sick right now, [it] needs revival fast. There are too many carbon copies, imitators, band wagon jumpers and too few originators and innovators. It’s sad to me that, nowadays, not only do they bite flows and rhymes, rappers are now biting swag. I would have stopped doing this music thing a long time ago if it was about me trying to be the next man. I feel that by me doing music that’s true to me as a man and pushing the boundaries of Hip-Hop and music as a whole, I would have played my part in reshaping the musical landscape. History belongs to the victor, so time will tell. I win and they will remember; I lose and I become long and forgotten. [Laughs] That’s for the people to decide, not me.


Dubcnn: Napoleon I led the French in a series of conflicts called the Napoleonic Wars, which involved every major European power. If you could battle any of the major powers in Hip-Hop in your own series of Napoleonic Wars, who would you chose to battle and why?

Napoleon I bit off more than he could chew. [Laughs] He had it all and still wanted more. I’m a keep it real with you: my battles are not with anybody within the Hip-Hop circles. I wake up and go to sleep battling my demons from within and the negative forces from the outside that we get bombarded with on a daily basis. I speak on it in a lot of my music -- check out “My Life”, “March 2 Zion”, “To Be a Man”. On a bigger scale, my battle is with the disgusting inequalities that we see out there. On one side, we throw away food and complain about our cheap cell phones and TVs, when in other parts of the world people have no food to eat or clean water to drink. I really have an issue with these types of things. One thing about humans is we adapt and get numb to things real fast. We start focusing on what we don’t have instead of cherishing what we do have. I’m guilty of that, every day. Who’s to blame -- us down here or the powers that be? I think a little of both. My battle ain’t with the major powers in Hip-Hop, that just would be a waste of time.


Dubcnn: And staying of the subject of wars, do you think that all the beefs that have become so common within the Hip-Hop community over the years are played out? What are you wishing to happen along this line as we approach this new era?

You damn right. The beefs became too much of a common thing. Cats is beefing about any little thing nowadays. Crybaby sensitive rappers, B. [Laughs] I think it got out of hand when the beefs became more important and had our attention more than the actual songs, you feel me? Today, anybody can just pick up a camcorder with his boys or what not and say “fuck ______,” insert a rapper’s name, “When I see him, I’m a knock him out,” or whatever else. It’s entertaining, you know. The Roman’s understood it when they had gladiators in the arenas and people used to scream for blood. It’s the same thing; people like to see drama. And the beef is feeding that thirst. The problem is that it has nothing to do with music anymore and in the long-run, the rappers and the music suffers one way or another. Our attention span is so short, it’s like we have to have something to talk about the next day. So what’s better than to say, “such and such dissed such and such?” Personally, I respected beefs such as Canibus and LL, and Nas and Jay-Z. Although, it got a little personal, both sides were really trying to prove they were better MCs than the other. That was beautiful and it gave birth to classic records. I respect that. I enjoyed it also. Back in the day, rappers had more subliminal beefs where they would compete on who came out with the hottest records. Now, cats is literally shitting on each other’s very existence. [Laughs] Beef just for the sake of beefing holds no weight for me. Rap became a huge beauty and popularity contest where cats just do anything for some air-time. Now, I can guarantee the rappers who pull these stunts won’t be remembered long.


Dubcnn: You’ve been receiving a great response to your recently released single “Veni Vidi Vici Part 2”…tell us about the meaning behind this song, including the details that went into its making.

I appreciate the overwhelming response I’ve been getting from the song. I think that this record speaks for itself when you listen to it. “Veni Vidi Vici”, for those that may not know, was something Julius Caesar, the Roman Emperor, allegedly said and it means “I came, I saw, I conquered”. It’s a saying that’s very fitting to N.D.L.’s state of mind. The beauty about Hip-Hop music is that, unlike in the physical world, there are no boundaries or limits to what you can do. Growing up as a kid, my mind used to wander, watching flix and animes and I really believed I was a Super-Hero. I discovered that through Hip-Hop, I could really materialize my ideas. That song represents me just laying back and watching the rap game with the good stuff as well as the bullshit. It’s just me telling the Hip-Hoppers around the world that my awakening is imminent and it is gonna be felt. Funny that the “2012” movie just came out because that’s what I was picturing when I was dropping my verses. It’s a call to arms, so to speak, to all that are with me and that share my feelings and my pain. We are the forgotten ones, and as the hands of time change, money will change hands, too. Bless.


Dubcnn: What can you tell us about “Veni Vidi Vici Part 1”?

This was the precursor to Part Two, although I had done that quite a few years back. You can hear it on my Myspace page [myspace.com/napoleondalegend]. I believe the instrumental came from a Cormega album, although I didn’t know it at the time. My man, Al Doogie, brought that beat to my spot coming back from New York. I never heard the original until a few months later. It was back when I used to just rhyme on anything that sounded good, not caring where it came from or whether or not I could use that beat in the future. The concept was similar to the second one, just at an earlier moment of my journey.


Dubcnn: Many of your songs have a deep lyrical message entangled within them, what subjects tend to speak to you the most when writing?

My man, on the real, I speak about anything and everything that comes to mind. The music usually guides where my train of thought is going to go on particular track. Chances are, I ain’t gonna be hollering about Marcus Garvey on a “booty-shaking” song [laughs], but you never know. [Laughs] I go through my emotions, my ups and downs, my divine peaks and devilish lows. All of that will get bottled up in my music. I’m good, as long as it’s true to what I’m feeling the moment that it comes out of my mouth. I mostly speak for the masses, the people that suffer, the underprivileged, the outcasts. People that need music to keep them going from one day to the next. My subjects can range from political shit to that girl giving me the eye behind that desk. [Laughs]


Dubcnn: What have you been through in your past that prompts the deep lyrical connection and passionate messages in your music?

Shattered dreams, disconnected from my roots as an immigrant, then disconnected from family. Having to learn life lessons and fend for myself on my own for years, pain and suffering of being a man in a world that can be so cold at times. Experiencing loss, disappointment from expectations not met. The only consistent thing in my life has always been music. Not necessarily me doing it, but me having it at arm’s reach to listen, soothe my being and keep me focus through tough times. Honestly, it comes from a higher power and, most times, I don’t have a clue what I’m gonna say and I disconnect from my present self. When I listen back, I feel as if someone else did it.


Dubcnn: Do you go for a certain vibe when writing a song? If so, how do you go about achieving your ultimate scenario?

I’ve been in what I like to call “Vietnam mode” for years, where I would be here and there and everywhere. So I got used to creating in different scenarios, so to speak. I just use the moment and let it convey what is supposed to be at that moment in time. I go with the vibes and the mood and make it happen. Sometimes, some people who don’t even make music may be there chilling and might contribute to that energy or whatever we doing at the moment, you feel me? My ultimate scenario is a banging-ass beat and somewhere for me to record [laughs]. As long as I’m feeling it, that’s all that matters. I don’t do shit that I don’t feel.


Dubcnn: When did you first discover that you could write, and how have you been able to cultivate your gift over the years?

Good ass question! I need to think back now [laughs]. In my early teen years, I never thought I would be rapping, although I was already a die-hard fan from the day I discovered it. It wasn’t until I seen my boys do it. Before that, it was not something I thought was accessible to me in any way. When I saw them do it, it made me want to try. So I went ahead and wrote my first verse, kicked it to them that same day and they felt it. At that point, I wasn’t thinking in terms of “I can write” or “I’m ill”, I was just loving it while I was doing it. It was a rush, I felt free. I think the first time that I grew the nuts to kick a flow at a party full of people and I was getting cheers and daps, I realized that I could actually do this.


Dubcnn: Do you support less meaningful Hip-Hop, such as club-bangers with a lighthearted significance?

I support everything that comes from the heart. If that’s how them cats were feeling at the time they made that record and it sounds good, then I support it. Hip-Hop is a vibe, it’s a rhythm you know. It doesn’t just take one form. Every since I started, I loved spitting to any type of beat there was. I may hit a club or two myself from time to time. So I need something to motivate me when I’m there, my man. Sometimes, you just wanna move, you feel me? I ain’t trying to watch the History Channel on them flat screens in the club, B! [Laughs] I wanna have some motivation. There’s a time and place for everything. The existence of the club-banger is warranted and needed -- but, let me add, when it’s done properly! No garbage, recycled BS for me. Back in the days, rappers like Biggie and Busta could kill it on a beat, lyrically as an MC, then turn around and get you grooving in the club, all the while killing the hell out of that club beat. Only the best could do that. Nowadays, either you do this or you do that. That’s corny to me, for real. Everybody’s in a box. The rappers that I would probably like to hear on a club-banger don’t do them or are not accepted. It brought the bar down a few notches for Hip-Hop to the point that sometimes I wanna break my own car radio with a sledge hammer when I hear these cookie-cutter club tracks. They should come out with “Do-It-Yourself Club-Banger” kits. That would sell. I said that! So give me my royalties when it comes out. [Laughs]


Dubcnn: How has your education played a part in your success thus far? For example, some lyricists feel that English and Language Arts classes have helped define their writing abilities…

I ain’t reached a point where I can say I’m a success in music yet, B. I’m a success in the sense that I’m alive and I ain’t insane, at least not on a clinical level. Life has been my best educator. Never took a creative writing or any type of class of that sort in my life. Don’t think I would ever need to. But that’s me. I’m sure it could and has helped many people. English classes helped me master the language and learn the appropriate connotations of certain words. As far as lyricism goes, it’s something that formulates inside my head. I take bits and pieces from here and there.


Dubcnn: Do you feel that further education or additional classes could have helped to improve your music in any way? Please explain.

Who knows? I think education is important in the sense where you get out your comfort zone -- ya crib, ya block, ya hood or whatever -- and you meet people from different walks of life, social backgrounds and different perspectives of thinking. I think that alone helps your music and affects how you grow as an artist. As an artist, even as a person, you never want your mind to be stuck in a box. Education breaks these barriers. When I say “education”, I don’t necessarily mean school in its common definition. I mean life. You can live through your life unaware and in a box, and bypass that education. Get out the crib! See, listen!


Dubcnn: Give us some introspect into your life in Washington D.C….

The D.M.V., mostly Maryland and DC for me, is where I grew up, B. Been there since I was four, when the family came from overseas. Moved around a lot and grew up real fast. I was hitting the club scene at sixteen. At that age, I was basically living by myself, my family was my friends. My biological family was scattered overseas. Back then, I had met the Mad Power Unit, a promotion team that was throwing the biggest parties in the area. They heard me spit after an event they threw out in VA, felt my style and started working with me as an artist. That’s when everything accelerated; I had to learn the ropes fast. Here I was, in all these spots surrounded by grow men and grown women. All I was doing before then was recording on my four-tracks and playing ball around all the courts in DC and MD. I met a lot of folks, got featured on a lot of mixtape, DVDs, albums, etc. Traveled across the US and overseas doing shows and projects with this music shit. DC taught me most of what I know, to put it in short -- from the fly shit, to the grimy shit. If you been here, you know what it is. People who are not from here have a hard time conceptualizing how you can go from the White House to the “hoodest” of the hoods in a five-minute drive. Shit is wild. I would be grinding on a chick against the wall in a club while Bush was sleeping with his wife at the oval office. [Laughs]


Dubcnn: Are you ever inspired to incorporate elements of go-go into your music as a nod to your city’s musical history?

I do my music organically. I don’t limit myself to one thing. I wouldn’t catch myself disrespecting that genre by exploiting it and riding some coattail or nothing. It would have to happen naturally through a vibe or a connection. I would flow to anything that sounds good. Give me some jungle music and I’ll hit that [laughs]. For real though, I don’t give a damn. I have to feel everything I do. Don’t wanna do nothing as a gimmick though. I rep where I’m from with the way I flow and the things I say, period. I’m an original. Can’t be nothing else but that.


Dubcnn: What are your opinions about Wale?

Wale has caused the Hip-Hop world lens to tilt towards us a lot more. I respect him for that. Don’t know him personally and have never ran across him out here, although my boy Godfather co-produced three certified bangers on his album. As an artist, he definitely has his own style and sound. I don’t feel as though he tries to sound like anyone else but himself, which is a rare thing nowadays.


Dubcnn: You are a fan of Big Pun, how has the legendary rapper impacted you?

Big Pun has taken lyricism and “flowacism” where no one has taken it before. He came at a time where rappers sounded different from one another. There was Jay, Nas, Pun, Pac, Canibus, NORE, D.M.X. during that period. It was a great time for Hip-Hop. Can’t mention Pun without mentioning Kool G Rap, who obviously inspired him, too. It was a time when it was actually inspiring to listen to rap. You wanted to get a pad and a beat and write some of your own lyrics right then and there. Nowadays, I more-so vibe to reggae and dancehall artists a lot, such as -- but not restricted to -- Capleton, Sizzla and Richie Spice. They are killas on the beats. They never forgot how to come from the heart. So, respect due.


Dubcnn: Dubcnn has shown support for the film Big Pun: The Legacy, have you had a chance to see the film? If so, what are your thoughts on it?

To be honest with you, I never got to see it. I remember seeing the trailer and wanting to see it, but with all this shit going on with me, I lost track of it. I definitely plan to peep it though. Guess I’ll get back to you on it.


Dubcnn: Another “big” emcee that comes to mind is Big L; how did the life and death of Big L effect you, if at all?

When I think of Big L, I think of metaphors and that voice of his, which is so distinct. He was one of those MCs I thought didn’t even reach the peak of his potential career-wise, even though he was already a top lyricist in the game when alive. Honestly, his death saddened me a great deal. He was young black man doing his thing. And he got slaughtered over some dumb shit. Biggie, Pac, Pun and Big L all regulated in the rap scene. Wasn’t no bullshit allowed. People wouldn’t buy it, wouldn’t fall for a bullshit rapper acting like he nice with it. Today, if you got a mouth and you can yell loud, you think you can rap. He was and still is a pillar in Hip-Hop.


Dubcnn: Out here on the west coast, Crooked I, Nipsey Hussle, Glasses Malone and Jay Rock are what many consider to be the elite of the new west coast greats. What do you personally think of these artists?

I ain’t here talking to you to tell you no lie my man. I’ve heard of all of these names, but am only familiar with Crooked I as far as music and rhyme style. He’s an original. He could’ve been born in the East, South or wherever, it wouldn’t matter. Skills are skills and he has some for ten other men. I definitely want to check the new class, you know. I, personally, look at artists for what they are worth and whether or not their music strikes a chord with me. Where you are from doesn’t enter my criteria for critique. One thing is for sure, them standing out in the vast talent pool out there in that regions says a lot.


Dubcnn: Since Dubcnn is the #1 West Coast News Network, it’s been said that Dr. Dre and his affiliates frequently check the website. If you were ever asked to ghostwrite a song for Dr. Dre, how would you formulate the concept of the song and what would most likely serve as your lyrical content, style and cadence?

That’s whats up! Dr. Dre is a monster, a creator of classics that can’t be touched. I would have to see where his head was at first, get a good vibe from him. Need to tap into his vision. Ghostwriting is about the artist on the song, not the writer. Only through his vision would I formulate my flow. But to make a long story short, I would make that man sound like he never sounded before.


Dubcnn: Can you give us an example?

Since ya’ll are the #1 on the West Coast, here’s an exclusive of what I could do:

“The One Man Conglomerate / honored young with a doctorate
Shutting the industry down / the games due for a garnishment
Awards, plaques and accomplishments like a blur in my vision
Cooking this crack looking like bean curd in the kitchen”


This one was on me, Dre, the rest will cost you. [laughs]


Dubcnn: If you could have any Dre track for yourself that’s been commercially released over the years, which track would you choose and why?

I would take anything from the DoggyStyle album for real. I don’t know what they were smoking on during that period of time but they were in a zone!


Dubcnn: Any upcoming projects or releases we should know about?

Look out for my album in the 2010, along with many surprises, features, videos and collabs. Follow me on twitter for all updates, www.twitter.com/napoleondaleg and www.myspace.com/napoleondalegend. On top of that, if you ever hear about me coming to your part of town, come show love!


- Dubcnn West Coast Network/ Interview By Jonathan Hay


http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/audio/id.9646/title.napoleon-da-legend-veni-vidi-vici-pt-2 - ALLHipHop


http://hiphopruckus.com/2010/01/on-da-come-up-with-napoleon-da-legend.html/


The DMV has uncoiled several talented artists in recent years, most notably DC’s Wale. With the already open, there are some artist in the region like Napoleon Da Legend prepared to blow the door off its hinges.

Coming out of the nation’s capitol, Da Legend’s talented flow and wordplay can be appreciated in an era where bubble gum rap reigns supreme. Although the emcee hasn’t been exposed to a large base of Hip-Hop fans yet, he music is sure to catch their attention in due time.
“Reality rap” is what you’ll hear from Napoleon – it’s what he stands for. We took out some time to interview the lyricist about his developing buzz, musical style and his royal cloth. Hip Hop Ruckus has already featured Da Legend’s two leak off his upcoming project Veni Vidi Vici Part 2, and now we officially introduce you to Napoleon Da Legend.

HHR: You have had a great following online within the past month, why you think people have responded to your music with such excitement?
Napoleon Da Legend: It’s been a crazy, eventful month for Napoleon Da Legend to say the least. The leak of Veni Vidi Vici Part 2 all across the net and the blogosphere was like the catalyst to the whole thing. The track seems to be resonating with a lot of folks out there. It’s a totally different energy, sort of like a counter-current to the current trends of the time. I wasn’t referencing any style or swag from nowhere. I felt as though I was a lost king living in the gutter. I ain’t got no fancy car or crib or none of that. All I got is this voice, this flow and passion for this rap shit. So I just let them have it in a raw manner. I guess it struck a cord with many out there and word just got around.

HHR: What do you expect to get from music lovers once they find out the man behind the music, especially when they see you rocking the Napoleon’s royal jacket?
Napoleon Da Legend: It’s like the Titanic hitting the tip of the iceberg with the arrogant captain thinking the ship was truly unsinkable you know what I mean. Try to follow my flow on this. The current status quo is like the Titanic, and V.V.V part 2 was that little iceberg tip barely emerging from the water. Whatever lies beneath is unseen by the naked eye. You got to use your third one for that. I feel as though, this is an epilogue, a welcoming or commencement of sorts for NDL. After the epilogue comes the intro, then the different chapters. This is my story, my experience, which is about to unfold for the world to see. That jacket is vintage Napoleon. Napoleon I, the emperor, was a brutal and great conqueror, who went from the apex of ruler ship to being exiled where his days ended. Napoleon Da Legend’s objective is to rewrite history and conquer through the ears of my listeners with powerful musical vibes. Khalil Gibran said “that history repeats itself due to human ignorance,” I peeped game and time will tell what life holds for me.

HHR: The industry is oversaturated to the point where labels have a harder time finding which artist are actually serious about their craft and worth an investment. Can you honestly say you’re worth a labels time?
Napoleon Da Legend: I agree that the music game is oversaturated. We are in the “YouTube” era where it’s as easy as ever to get that 5 minutes of fame. Whatever you do nowadays, whatever your craft is, you have to really bring something unique and special to the table to leave a durable and long-lasting impression on the population. I believe a lot of artists are “serious” about what they do and really believe in their heart that they got it. The industry made it so; they are so focused on pleasing the label or trying to figure out what labels are looking for that they are losing their very identities in the mix. I believe the true power lies, and has always been, in the hands of the people. If the people feel you, they will come out and show you love – they will go out and buy your album or download your music. At that point, what choice does a label have? Have the labels forgotten that without the people, they is no music business, there are no shows, no listeners, no fans? The power lies with the people. I care about the people and not a label. I don’t rap for the promoters, the club owners, the program directors, the A&Rs or the CEOs. I rap for the people! Point blank!

HHR: Musically, I would like you to describe yourself to a fan that’s taking time to hear you for the first time?
Napoleon Da Legend: I don’t do gangster rap, I don’t do crunk rap, I don’t do conscious rap, I do reality rap. My rap stems from real shit, real emotion, real feeling. It’s both the ugly and the beautiful. My a.k.a. is the Grimy Gentleman. You couldn’t recognize the beauty without there being ugly. I give it to you straight. I don’t do anything predictable either. So just cause you hear me on a record that has a certain style don’t necessarily means that’s all you’ll get from me. I take leaps of faith every time I step to that mic.

HHR: Now each and every artist usually has a strong movement whether it’s a team to come along or a indie label. What’s good with the team behind NDL, do you have plans on running your own indie label or crew to take along with you?
Napoleon Da Legend: My team is strong and far reaching homie. We’re everywhere. It’s bigger than just the D.M.V., although that’s the epicenter – shout out to Haiti on that note, help out if you can. We got people waving the NDL flag all over the map. They are not necessarily music orientated either. Although I got a conglomerate of rappers that ride with me and we call ourselves Black Money. We’re printing our own paper, and it’s going to be worth whatever we tell you its worth [laughs]. I want to build Boys and Girls Clubs in Africa, and other impoverished countries such as Haiti one day. I like that concept and I think the children would benefit from having that. It would educate them and keep them out of trouble. I learned to play hoops at a community center around the way myself and I kept that with me. Seeing that happen would put a smile on my face.

HHR: One song online that’s gained great buzz was “Bomaye.” What’s the history behind the song and the recording process behind it?
Napoleon Da Legend: “Bomaye” is the next leak after VVV part 2. For those that don’t know, when Mohamed Ali fought Foreman in Zaire back in the day, he was looked at as a hero or savior for the African people out there, because of what he stood for and his boxing prowess. When he was going by, people would yell out their support by saying “Ali Bomaye,” which I believe translates as “Ali Kill em” in reference to his opponent. When I heard that beat, that’s just how I felt, like I was stepping in the arena or octagon you feel me. So I just went in like that. I envisioned a huge coliseum with people stomping their feet and clapping their hands yelling the famous Queen song “We will, we will, rock you!” From then on, I just let it do what it do like my man Ray Charles would say.

HHR: As an artist that upcoming what’s your honest opinion on the current state of hip-hop and how you feel about the new artist breaking in the game lately, any likes or dislikes?
Napoleon Da Legend: I haven’t paid close attention to the state of Hip-Hop for a while. I was caught in my own life roller-coaster, trying to keep myself afloat. Honestly, the current state of Hip-Hop is like the last presidential election. The Republican party and whoever was representing it seemed so out of touch with the average citizen that they got smashed. I feel like Hip-Hop, which originally was a music from the soul, from the street, for the people, evolved into a money-making machine. Like Skynet in Terminator, it took a life of its own, and exists for itself. It doesn’t quite serve the needs of the youth and the people like it used to. I used to learn real game from Hip-Hop growing up. It used to get me by during my hardest times. Nowadays, it’s hard for me to relate, feel like I’m from another world or something. Where did the heart go? Now I don’t want to generalize and say everybody is doing that, because many artists are staying true and really doing their thing. But most of what exposed on a broad scale is Skynet. Where’s Sarah Conner?

HHR: Each artist has strengths when it comes to creating music. On the Hip-Hop side you have emcees that can rock club bangers, dope lyricism is another strong aspect and some can make R&B Hip-Hop classics? Are you a little bit of all or you specialize in one very strong?
Napoleon Da Legend: I specialize in torching the beat. As long as I feel it, that’s all I need. It would be boring for me to just do one thing. The end of segregation taught us that diversity was a beautiful thing. So I keep my styles diverse to the end. I got shit to say, the beat is the vehicle. Blessings to all living things, let’s stop killing each other. To all my sufferers stay strong. Love is love.

Myspace.com/napoleondalegend
- HipHopRuckas


http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh289f5dZ77upkWm2H - WORLDSTAR HIPHOP


http://hiphopruckus.com/2010/04/napoleon-da-legend-march-2-zion-ft-tweeta-bird.html/ - HipHopRuckas


http://vodpod.com/watch/3391138-napoleon-da-legend-ruff-kut-videoz - VodPod - Crazy Al Cayne


Discography

All are tracks streaming on -line: HipHopDX/ ALLHipHop/ YoRaps/ Sixshots/ DJ Booth. (released in the past 3 months)

1.) Vini Vidi Vici
2.) Boma Ye
3.) Deep Cover - DJ Booth
4.) Reality Rap
5.) March 2 Zion
6.) How We Rep

Photos

Bio

Some do Gangsta Rap Some do Conscious, Crunk, Snap or Hyphy. Napoleon does REALITY RAP! Coming out of the nation’s capitol, Da Legend’s talented flow and wordplay is appreciated in an era where bubble gum rap reigns supreme. “Reality rap” is what you’ll hear from Napoleon '– it’s what he stands for!
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, extremely 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. Napoleon Da Legend has been featured on AllHipHop, HipHopDX, DubCNN, HipHopRuckas, YoRaps, Sixshots just to name a few. Napoleon's 'Deep Cover' Track and Music Video a tribute to the late Big Pun was co-signed by Jonathan Hay (SONY) and was used in the promotion of BigPunFilms. He recently was featured on the world famous Roundtable Hiphop Show featured on thisis50.com.
You can now follow him on twitter.com/napoleondaleg for up to the minute news on his feats. He will soon be releasing his debut EP “The Myth or the Legend”. The Napoleonic era is unraveling in front of your very eyes.