Introducing Young Prince

By Drum Digital
30 July 2014

Ever since the release of his first single, Ringtone, ?14-year-old Grade 10 learner Mfundo Ngcobo, aka ?Young Prince, has shared the stage with a host of overseas and local artists.

The teenager, who hails from Hillcrest in Durban, ?has his work cut out balancing his music career with his school work, but he says he’s managing.

His music is available on iTunes worldwide.

 When did you first start dabbling in music?

I was eight and I tell you, I’ve always loved music like Messi loves soccer. I get a kick out of writing my own music.

How did the name Young Prince come about?

It was because I started music at an early age and I saw myself as the youngest prince of South African hip-hop.

How did you get your career off the ground?

In 2009 my uncle took me to a studio because he saw I had a passion ?for rap and after a couple of weeks I was recording. I recorded a song called Izamqe, which got a fair amount of airtime and after that things ?just took off. That’s when O Media recognised me and signed me, and ?I haven’t looked back since.

How has the journey been so far?

It’s been very interesting to share the stage with big international and ?local artists. Every day I get to learn new things in the music industry ?and that’s the main part of growing as an artist.

 How do you balance your career and your school work?

It’s pretty simple, hey. My parents don’t allow me to record on weekdays. During weekdays it’s strictly school work but on weekends I’m allowed ?to perform, do interviews and so on.

How are you handling groupies?

I like my groupies because they actually motivate me and encourage me to give them the best music possible.

Who do you look up to?

Music-wise I look up to Drake because he makes good hip-hop music that caters for everyone. He’s consistently good and his stuff has broad appeal.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

I guess not many people know I write my own music and I’m starting to make beats as well

- TSAKANE NDLOVU

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