Prince Kaybee. Picture: Instagram
Prince Kaybee. Picture: Instagram

Prince Kaybee says his last album 'fumbled' due to amapiano

By Jamal Grootboom Time of article published Dec 2, 2021

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Local music producer Prince Kaybee said that his last album “The 4th Republic” didn’t perform well due to the rise in popularity of amapiano.

The “Banamoya“ hitmaker dropped his 24-track album in March, and while there were some hit tracks on the album it didn’t receive as much fanfare compared to his previous work.

Earlier this year, he admitted that the relationship with his label, Universal Music, was in a rough patch after a fan asked him if the situation was bad, and Kaybee responded: “It’s very bad, I submitted a single two months ago and it dropped two weeks ago, nothing on the radio monitor. i know Artists that dropped this past Thursday they charting already.”

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, responding to a fan that said “The 4th Republic“ wasn’t pushed enough, Kaybee said: ”Yeah it was fumbled, but part of it is the dominance of Amapiano, majority people want Amapiano.

“I was playing at a club two weeks ago and a girl approached me asking when am I playing it and also why am I not dancing like Waffles…“

Another fan asked him if it felt like he was up against an entire genre on his own to which the “Hosh“ producer responded: ”I love being challenged, its beautiful, there’s something about being under pressure that turns me on(not sexually) but competitively.

“So its game on for me, if you guys don’t like a song we just go to the next and continue like that.”

On Wednesday, Spotify released their wrapped year-end lists for 2021 and Bad Bunny grabbed the top spot of the most streaming artist on the platform.

In South Africa, Drake was the most streamed artist in the country.

When it comes to local artists, amapiano dominated the top five with DJ Maphorisa at number one, followed by Scorpion King collaborator Kabza De Small at number two, with Mr JazziQ, Busta 929 and De Mthuda rounding up the list.

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