"Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things" - Theodore Levitt
About the Project:
"Black N Gold" is a collaborative music project with the influence of Indie Rock and Hip Hop lead by Young Paris. The project features artists including Lady Moon and Miles Vidor, and is musically composed and Produced by Steve Durand, YP, and local musicians in Hudson NY.
This work started when Steve Durand, a Montreal raised producer who has tourd with Melissa Auf der Maur, asked me to rap over an Indie Rock song. Overly inspired, we continued composing with steves music and my lyrics. completed 5 songs in a 6 month stretch of working and building with each other, both of us trying to understand how my world of hip hop can collide with his World of Rock. Our goal became more than making sense of this Collaboration, but have an effect on people lives.
Since working with steve, I took the Collective in my own hands and began directing and editing music videos, photoshoots, and releasing/designing the marketing of the project. Immediately, my city of Hudson began to respond with appreciation and expectations of the completed piece to follow.
My real name is Milandou Badila. I Was Born in Paris, France into an artistic family of African dance and drum performers. My father, Elombe Badila, was one of the founders of the first National Ballet of the Congo (Africa) which United different villages to come together in Dance. This unification developed to later effect the influence of Congo Independence as a Country!. My mother, Pamela Badila, was invited to Dance in an African ballet in South Africa after getting her bachelors in Science, and immediately took the offer. She later ended up in Paris, and was invited to Dance in my fathers African dance n drum Ballet company <3. Heres our family page! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001594913399
I want to present a reflection of my wonderful parents and Family. They have always guided me and my nine siblings into following our desire in the world of Music and Art. At the age of 16, I began to express myself as a lyricist. My genre bending approach to music brought me to where i am today, because i refuse to stay in the boxed environments of Music, Art, Life etc.
Now, 23 yrs old, i have been to 8 countries, worked with artists in France, Canada and Africa. I constantly express my love for music only to continue to inspire more artist to get out and create.
Why Black N Gold?
www.blackngold.info Honestly, the name Black N Gold was inspired by a song from Sam Sparro that was stuck in my head. It is also ironic that i love wearing, seeing, and having things that are Black and Gold, so it became the name. To me, it means All music coming together. What it represents musically, is when I decide to include the influence Rock into my music. Aside from the Black n Gold collective, I continue to create Hip Hop / Electronic inspired tunes under the name "Young Paris".
Why I NEED you?
I have been the main vision behind the direction of the videos, photos, and everything BNG since it had a name. No Labels, just my friends, local musicians and myself, putting our minds together to create something new and fresh. I can not afford the recording time, musicians, photographers and touring and merchandise alone. This is where your donation makes a difference. Everything is already set up as you can see -> www.youtube.com/blackngoldbooking ... We put alot of time and focus to make this idea possible. The resources are before us, we just can't afford it.
I know a lot of Hip Hop carrys a controversial name. This music doesn't disrespect women, Pursuade kids to sell drugs or promote violence.
Lets make it happen, make a change in music.
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