You might have heard his song “Best of Me” on Episode 6 of the hottest show to premiere last season, Insecure. Or maybe you were intrigued by his maquillage, traditional face paint. But it’s not a costume; for Paris, it’s about helping people embrace his culture.
Born in Paris, raised in New York, with parents from the Congo (his dad founded the National Ballet of Congo), Young Paris has the perfect perspective to serve as ambassador for the current globalization of music. But he refrains from being preachy: “I found the best way to get a message across is when people are enjoying themselves.”
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On that note, he re-released his album African Vogue, a feel-good project that deftly blends all his influences. But this time he added three new songs and recruited some of Afrobeats’s biggest stars, labelmate Tiwa Savage, aka “the Nigerian Beyoncé,” and Reekado Banks.
His being signed this year to Roc Nation is evidence enough that Afrobeats music is about to explode stateside. But if you want to catch the wave early, listen to African Vogue below.
African Vogue (Deluxe Edition) is available now on iTunes, Tidal, and Spotify.