Ric Hassani’s ‘The Prince I became’ is a masterpiece sophomore album worth the wait

Ric Hassani’s “” album art

I’m so happy for Ric and how far he has come since his ‘The African Gentleman’[TAG] debut album.

Ric Hassani came into the scene with that unique sound, aptly embodying the African gentleman he claimed to be, in his music and lifestyle.

And though The ‘Only you’ crooner has come across to many as a R&B smooth operator with his plethora of love songs, so much that he was quickly put in the ‘slow romantic music box’, Ric has undoubtedly proved he has more up his sleeves than just the slow tempo sound, proving his versatility in TAG.

’ With ‘’, Ric rubbished the ‘curse of the second album’ legend that suggests artists usually flop with their second album. You could tell Ric Hassani put in the work on this project as he took his time to deliver on each song. He came correct with his love songs, spinning it from different angles, touched on his spiritual side featuring the likes of Calledout Music and Frank Edwards. His ‘African-ness’ was also brought to bear as he featured some Non-Nigerian talents such as Sauti Sol and Kuami Eugene, enriching the album with diverse African melodies. There is a good balance of low and mid-tempo songs in the album (you should check out ‘Rain’ with the reggaeton vibe) eliminating the monotonous sound.

It’s hard to skip any track on this album, yes it’s that great! Personally, I am still trying to arrive at a favourite standout track.

What the album verily needs is an effective well-thought out publicity and promotion strategy to get it out even more and make it get all the love and recognition it deserves!

Well done to everyone including the A&R genius who made ‘’ the masterpiece it is.




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