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Producer Amerigo Gazaway and Napoleon Da Legend flex their creative chemistry on a new collaborative project, “The World Changed”.

Connecting on the outset of the Covid pandemic, the duo’s rapper-producer formula showcases NDL’s introspective lyricism while highlighting Gazaway’s growth and evolution as a beatsmith.

“Amerigo and I connected in a time of great turmoil and change both on a planetary scale but also on a personal scale in both our lives. His ear for highlighting the “soul” of a sample really gave me the space to dial into the many emotions I was sorting through during that period.” - Napoleon Da Legend

Working in tandem to keep the cohesion heard throughout the album’s 16 song tracklist, NDL finds his pocket on a range of emotions over versatile beats composed with Gazaway’s signature nuances, scratch hooks and interview soundbites.

“This is an album about survival...it’s about navigating and adapting to an ever-changing world while struggling to maintain one’s sanity and peace of mind. Napoleon is a true master of his craft as a poet/storyteller and I think that’s something that really shines through on this record." - Amerigo Gazaway

With assists from vocalist La Bruja, Brooklyn’s Skyzoo, and three appearances from rapper Awon, 'The World Changed' delivers focused bars rooted in boom-bap and soul.


[Napoleon Da Legend verse]
From casting calls to sitting on the board flagging calls
Smacking the back board was nice with that basketball
From vision boards with thumb taps on my wall
I had goals of traveling far
Was visualizing plaques on my wall
Looking to crack the code like Nat King Cole
Building my kingdom thinking
How many men got it popping and ego killed them?
Became a pimp threw my talent on the strip milked it
Hat tilted now the table tilting the dollars slid in
How to explain this feeling?
When every shot you take swishing
Nipsey marathon fulfilling Pac’s wishes
A world united where thugs leverage their politics
Feeling like Herbie Hancock playing with his collar flipped
Sandalwood fragrance in the backroom
Watching that ass move
Sexy skin mad smooth she kissed my half moon
Waking up middle of the afternoon Ubered out
Me and shorty had shoot-out making love all through the house
Picked up a care package from the city mayor
Life tailored like Italian suits gotta sift through the layers
Premieres documentaries highlighting my career
Moved outside my comfort zone
And that’s when my sight was clear
This is higher tier ionosphere high science pioneer
On the go honestly my time is rare
Gazing at my rear view mirror I stare back
And it’s a far cry from the life I had years back
Trying to tell em that

[Napoleon Da Legend verse]
Cruising down Georgia Avenue right passed HU
Played the campus like I attended an HBCU
Popped a Uwee down on U Street to Georgetown
Shorty rocked a two piece summertime waving like she knew me
Residential embassy that’s Normanstone drive
I learned cars bottles and swimming pools could comatose minds
Egyptian chick I knew from high school she got a nose job
S&P 500 company promoted to boss
We reminisced over some Remi and Coke and cosmopolitans
She read my zodiac chart to me like an astrologist
Told her I rap, she was fascinated “Do you make stacks?”
“Do I pay tax?” “Do bears shit in wood?” We both straight laughed
Said she has a crush but never told me before
She be messing with politicians but they corny for sure
To each his own I played the hand I was dealt
Told me she loved my music
I can relate babe I’m a fan of myself
But like I said love


from The World Changed [Deluxe Edition], released January 4, 2022
Written & Performed by Napoleon Da Legend
Produced & Mixed by Amerigo Gazaway
Executive Producer: Rickey Mindlin

Soul Mates 2021


Post-Production Mixing & Mastering by ThisIsART:

Album Artwork by Amerigo Gazaway:




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