Born in Paris to immigrant parents and raised in New York, Young Paris (born Milandou Badila) has always had a passion for music and dance. The tenth child of his family, Paris’s mother was a playwright in New York and his father co-founded the National Ballet of Congo. It’s no surprise that Paris began his career in music and photography at the age of 15 and started teaching music in New York at 17. Encouraged by those around him, he took up rapping and has since been making a name for himself in the music industry.
In 2016, Paris signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and has been working with the label to further his career. He has performed at industry showcases and has plans for future collaborations with other artists. Paris attributes his recent success to the growing interest in African music in the US, which has led to hyped collaborations between African and American artists such as Wizkid and Drake, and A$AP Rocky and Skepta. As Paris puts it, “Usually Americans only care about American music, but now we’re seeing Africa making an impact here, which puts me at the forefront of the sound.”
But Young Paris is not just a talented musician; he is also deeply committed to using his platform to make a positive impact on the world. He is particularly passionate about supporting Fairphone, a conflict-free tech company that is dedicated to creating ethically-sourced and environmentally-friendly devices. In addition, Paris is campaigning to end child cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
As the DRC is home to a significant portion of the world’s cobalt and coltan deposits, which are used in the production of many electronic devices, the mining of these minerals often involves the use of child labor and can have devastating consequences for both the children and the environment. Paris believes that every child deserves the opportunity to grow up in a safe and healthy environment, free from exploitation and abuse.
Paris is not alone in this belief. Many organizations are working to raise awareness about the issue of child labor in the mining industry and advocate for stronger laws and regulations to protect children and the environment. They also provide education and vocational training to children and young adults who have been impacted by the illegal mining industry, helping them to break the cycle of poverty and exploitation.
Paris is using his voice and influence to raise awareness about this important issue and to support initiatives that promote ethical mining practices. He is a true example of an artist using their platform for good and working to make a positive difference in the world.
With his unique blend of talent, style, and activism, it’s no wonder that Young Paris is making waves in the music industry and beyond. Follow him on social media to stay upd