A chat with Young Paris in town for the launch of his third studio album Blood Diamond

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Young Paris is a New York based, Paris born Congolese artist. His new album features Olamide, Mizzle, Breana Marin and Nyceman and was made for summer nights and dance floors.  He is in Paris for the release of his new album Blood Diamond and to partake in a panel discussion about contemporary Africa and how people receive African content. My chat with him goes more in the direction of the panel and what it is like living in Trump’s land today.

Blood Diamond highlights the journey of an African boy from… Congo that traveled to the United States and made a name for himself,” the artist’s team writes in a press statement. “Young Paris translates himself as the precious stone, unrecognized by the world until he was properly cut and polished like that of a diamond from the many conflict areas throughout Africa, specifically Congo where his family is from.”

The new album follows last year’s My Tribe, which featured collaborations with Machel Montano, Skales, EL and more, and 2017’s Afrobeats which included his “Best of Me” remix alongside Tiwa Savage.

Listen to Young Paris’ new record, Blood Diamond, below and you can purchase it here now.

My friend Melissa Alibo put this meeting together.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.