Lovers of African music around the world were thrilled when Ric Hassani dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album titled The Prince I Became. The new body of work contains a whopping 17 tracks and has something to suit everyone’s tastes. In addition to Ric’s primary genre of Pop and RnB, other genres including gospel has been included in the album.
The album includes collaborations with artists from different genres including Frank Edwards, Kuami Eugene, Sauti Sol, Nicky Jam who features on the Angel track, Zoro, Fumbani Changaya, among others.
Before finally dropping the album, Ric Hassani first released two promotional singles “Everything” and “Thunder Fire You” to whet the appetite of his audience. “Thunder Fire You” which voices Ric’s anger at a love gone sour soon went on to be a national anthem inspiring many skits, parodies, and spinoffs.
Longtime fans of the artist who have come to identify with his unique storytelling and amazing vocals won’t be disappointed with this album. In The Prince I Became, Ric gives vent to his emotions particularly the art of love.
He also uses the last three songs on the album to tell his fans about the gospel of Jesus Christ. The album is not all melancholic though as there are party anthems to get fans moving their body a bit.
The Prince I Became comes on the heels of the success of Ric’s first debut album The African Gentleman, an album that both created a space for him in the competitive Nigerian music industry and made music fans around the continent pay attention to him.
The African Gentleman deftly blends soulful vocals on Pop music progressions, with local African percussion instruments like the ‘Log Drum’ (or Krin) and the Shaker more popularly known as the “Shekere”, acoustic instruments, and string orchestra instruments like the violin, viola, cello, double bass, and flute.
With a balanced mixture of soulful love tunes like “Gentleman” and “Marry You”, to uptempo African dance music like “Oge Na Ga” and “Sweet Mother”, the album shows off Ric Hassani’s versatility while maintaining his unique soulful appeal, and his stunning emotive power.
An Apple music editorial review describes the African Gentleman as “a revelatory Pan-African musical experience that blends traditional African rhythms with the contemporary pop composition” in songs like Only You. The review further depicts the album as holding a “joyous exuberance that marks Hassani out as one of the most compelling voices in modern Nigerian soul.”
With The Prince I Became, Ric Hassani has no doubt solidified his place in the music industry and is certain to be here for a long time.
About the artist
Ric Hassani is a Pop-African singer and songwriter who hails from Port-Harcourt in Nigeria. He started singing at a young age in his local church choir and continued even while studying in the university.
In 2015, he became the first Nigerian artist to headline the Lake of Stars Festival in Lilongwe Malawi, alongside Uhuru and Toya Delazy.
Ric Hassani is influenced by musicians such as Sam Smith, Craig David, and his favorite band ‘Boyz II Men’. Ric is a stylish African gentleman who dresses in African & Western-styled clothing. He likes Tom Ford collection along with African prints.
His songs can be called “soulful,” with repeating beat and minimal baseline, adorned with masterful acoustics. The main theme of his music is ‘Love’.
Here is a link to the album The Prince I Became. The artist can also be reached on Instagram.