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In the USA Prince Amine is not even old enough to legally buy booze. Yet the 18 year old Canadian has already racked up some pretty impressive accomplishments. He has grueling schedule to deal with but made some time to sit with us and answer a few questions for our readers.
NFZ: First off let’s get this question out of the way. Are you really a Prince in the royal sense of the term, or is just your name?
It’s a nickname I’ve had for a very long time. At first, I just got the nickname because I’m the first born child so, from my father to me, everyone saw me as Prince Jr. A while back, my dad was telling me about how my grandpa on my mother’s side is a descendant from royal blood in her tribe from Yemen, but I just personally like the name because I find it elegant.
NFZ: Is “Fuego” your first release and were you involved in writing it?
No, Fuego is not my first release. Prior to Fuego, I’ve released a single entitled Sahara and a first album, which is my official debut in my mind, entitled XVIII that was released on September 16th, 2017.
NFZ: You’re originally from Morocco. What was it like growing up there and where are you living now?
Yes, I was born in Marrakesh but I grew up in Spain. I frequently went back and forth to visit family though. When I got to Canada at 8 years old, it was a complete cultural shock, a whole new world and environment! The lifestyle here and back in Morocco are almost total opposite because of religion and politics, since Morocco is a kingdom. Oh, and the weather! Gotta love the Maghrebi weather! Not a big fan of snow…
NFZ: What’s the music scene like in Montreal?
I think it’s underrated. We’ve got mad talent in this city but a grand majority of those people are ghosts in the dark due to the mentality of hatred amongst young people here. Other than that, in the hip hop scene, everyone raps here. I can say I’m the only one, or one of the very few, that sings and exploits that potential talent.
NFZ: When did you get into the music business and what was it that got you started?
To me, I got into the game since September 16th, 2017, my birth-date and release of my first album. It just marked the beginning of something serious.
Now, how I got into music is almost like a movie. I started hitting the stage throughout high school shows which made me one of the cool kids in my senior year. After that, I started hitting the bigger stages, as if high school was a warm up for the professional leagues.
NFZ: What are your thoughts regarding the current state of the entertainment industry and is there anything you’d like to see changed?
A lot of artists don’t deserve the clout they have, but I don’t hate, it’s just being real. Other than that, I respect their grind to get where they are and what they have accomplished. And I would change the fact that some artists make peanuts for their work of art while getting exploited in a bad way in the industry.
NFZ: Do you have another release in the works? If so, can you tell us a bit about it and when it’ll be available?
Yes, I have a new EP entitled Hram Vybez. It’s something I’ve been working on last semester in between my classes. It’s really different and I wanted to concentrate on the Afro, Dancehall vibe with the presence of multiculturalism. I think it’s a big improvement from my previous work. As for the release date, I’m not sure yet, but it’ll be released for summer.
NFZ: What inspires you in your work and in your life?
What inspires me is seeing people admire your hard work and see that my music makes them feel some type of way. But in life, I aspire to leave a legacy and use my social status in music to help others and improve a lot of things for the children of tomorrow.
NFZ: Are you involved with any activist issues, political causes or charities you feel passionate about or participate in?
No, not yet, but as soon as the music starts bumping and the pockets get fuller, you’ll see me out there blasting “God’s Plan” to create change and improve the life of others around the world.
NFZ: What is something about you that your fans don’t know about you and would probably surprise them?
Good question! I don’t know… I guess that would have to be that I like tranquility, being away from the city and just lay back and relax for a while. I actually enjoy life without social medias, take a break “offline” and then go back to life and reality.
NFZ: If you could choose to record with any artist, living or dead, who would that be and why?
Haaa!! I adore Michael Jackson with all my heart and soul but I dream of a collab with Chris Brown because I see him like an older brother when it comes to music and I know that track would be an atomic bomb! Prince Amine x Breezy?!?!? A real Hram track!
NFZ: Is there anyone you’d like to do live performances with?
Bruno Mars, Breezy, John Legend, Young Thug, Travis Scott because the shows would be lit and spot on with the entertainment!
NFZ: How can people follow and stay in touch with you?
The Gram way, the only way! Dat way: @princeamineofficial. But I’m also on Snapchat @Priince14, Spotify, Youtube, Apple Music, Deezer and many other platforms.