Brisbane-based rapper Baby Prince has been hard at work in recent times, appearing on tracks alongside the likes of Mason Dane, BLESSED and Creed Tha Kid. His melodic flow has been turning heads for a little while now, and his new track, Zimbabwe, delivers on the promise and potential that his recent features have displayed.
Baby Prince delivers his most triumphant vocal performance to date on Zimbabwe, and lyrics like “They thought I was American, I flew in from Zimbabwe, young black & Australian” are a reminder of where he's come from, as well as where he's going. To celebrate the release of Zimbabwe, we've taken a look at Baby Prince's journey to date, as well as what the future holds for the young MC.
Who is Baby Prince?
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Baby Prince takes influence from the likes of 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and the late Michael Jackson. Speaking to Tirade World, Baby Prince says he's influenced by Lil Wayne's "character" and "cadence", and it's not hard to see the comparison. Every lyric that Baby Prince delivers has emotional weight and meaning. He doesn't waste his words.
Speaking about his collaboration with Baby Prince, Pretty Pearl, Mason Dane explained that he "brought an amazing energy to the hook and I’m glad to finally be able to put out a song with him.” He's an artist that is held in high regard by his peers, and after listening to his music, it's not hard to see why.
What does Baby Prince's music sound like?
Since first releasing music in 2018, Baby Prince has packed both emotion and energy into every drop. Early releases like Dollar $igns and ENTIRELY BROKE showed off his ability to drop some seriously impressive rhyme schemes, with 2021's ENTIRELY BROKE featuring production from Liam Thomas. The track is a tropical, melodic affair, featuring references to NBA star Rudy Gay, as well as "snakes in the grass".
Zimbabwe is Baby Prince's strongest release yet, and is another collaboration with Liam Thomas. Bars about Olympic hero Pete Bol and Finding Nemo showcase Baby Prince's ability to combine pop culture references with introspective, personal lyrics that highlight his journey to find a space for himself in Australia.
Speaking about Zimbabwe, Baby Prince explains, “Most people think I’m American because of how my music sounds but I wanted to make this song and make it perfectly clear where I’m from and my story. I’m proud of where I’m from and this song is kind of like paying homage I guess, I mentioned in the first verse ‘I’m still doing this shit for my grandma my aunt and my sisters right down to my cousins’ because that’s how I was raised.
"It’s a little different from the usual mum & dad but I was raised by my grandparents/aunts because my parents were overseas in America for a large part of my life. I wanted to thank them for that & this way they can hear it over and over again.”
What's next for Baby Prince?
Baby Prince is set to play a show with Haiku Hands at the Zoo on Friday, May 6th, before appearing alongside BLESSED at his Sydney Opera House show on Thursday, June 2nd. BLESSED is putting on the AUSSIE BLACKSTAR event as part of VIVID, so both shows are a chance to see Baby Prince perform live!