“Never seen the girl that can do the things the things you do
It’s only you (only you, only you)
Say you’d never leave me
The only you i want the way i need
Girl it’s only you
Only you it’s only you… It’s only you you doo doo”
If this lyric rings a bell or if you already know what this is, then you already know why we have chosen him as a worthy MCM. Our MCM of the week is a true African gentleman, admired for his distinct style, which usually features clean cut pieces like African print suits, even a tuxedo or simple African print pants and a turtle neck top, accessorized with different styles of his signature round frame glasses.
Born Ikechukwu Eric Ahiauzu in Port-Harcourt, but best known by his stage name Ric Hassani. He is an Afro-pop singer and songwriter, notable for songs like his 2015 hit song Gentleman and most recent single, Only you. He was nominated for The Headies Award for Best Vocal Performance (Male), The Headies Award for Best Alternative Song. We caught up with him for a quick interview while he was on the set of Spice TV’s show Fashion 360.
I started music professionally in 2012, because I just felt like it was right, and that is what I should be doing.
Well, I really wouldn’t call it the lowest point in my career, but it was most certainly the most embarrassing. It was last year, Adekunle Gold’s album launch, we had sound check and for some reason my sound check turned out really bad. I was totally off key in front of very important people, because I was nervous and it was the first time I was performing Gentleman live. But at the end of the day, my performance for the show proper turned out pretty good.
I believe Nigerians accept love songs a lot now because they are getting a lot of it from the likes of Tjan, I, Simi, Adekunle gold a lot more other people.
My Album just came out, The African Gentle Man, and there are quite a number of groovy songs on it, love songs can be party songs too you know.
Locally I really want to work with Wiz Kid, I am a huge fan, and internationally I would love to work with Drake.
Successful and happy.
Am I really philosophical on twitter? (laughs) yes my tweets are really just me thinking and tweeting, it’s not like I saw the quotes somewhere and decided to post it. They are just stuff I say and they end up seeming like quotes, which is kind of cool.. I guess. As much as I am trying to succeed in music, I’m also trying to succeed at life, live the good life first before becoming a successful musician. I am obsessed with getting life right.
Jesus.. (laughs). Well, initially, I thought about my style, then my manager and I would shop for fabrics and look for a tailor to make the clothes, then people caught on to the style and started sending me similar clothes. So I kinda of think I credit myself for it, not to be cocky in any way.