Arabian Prince

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Arabian Prince
Birth nameKim Renard Nazel
Born (1965-06-17) June 17, 1965 (age 53)
Inglewood, California
Origin Compton, California
Genres Electro, hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, DJ
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer, keyboards, turntables, drum machine, sampler
Years active1984–present
LabelsOrpheus Records
Da Bozak Records
Macola Records
Stones Throw Records
Associated acts N.W.A
Bobby Jimmy & the Critters
J. J. Fad

Kim Renard Nazel (born June 17, 1965), [1] better known by his stage name Arabian Prince, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and DJ. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] He is best known as a founding member of N.W.A.


Early life

Nazel was born in Compton, California to the son of Joseph "Skippy" Nazel Jr., a prominent African American author and radio talk show host. [8] His musical background came from his mother, a piano teacher and classical musician. [8] The younger Nazel got his first experience with making music at the radio station his father was hosting his talk show by using the station's equipment to put together mixtapes that he would sell at school. [8] Nazel went on to graduate from Junípero Serra High School in nearby Gardena. [9]

Music career

Arabian Prince started working with Bobby Jimmy & the Critters in 1984. He also produced the hit single and album for J.J. Fad, "Supersonic".

In 1986, he was a founding member of N.W.A but when fellow member Ice Cube came back from the Phoenix Institute of Technology in 1988, Arabian Prince soon after left over royalty and contract disagreements—Eazy-E, Ice Cube and MC Ren were the main performers, DJ Yella was the turntablist and Dr. Dre was the main producer. [10]

After leaving N.W.A, Arabian Prince began a solo career. His first album, Brother Arab , was released in 1989 with the hit single "She's Got A Big Posse"; Where's My Bytches followed in 1993.

In the mid-2000s, he started releasing music again, with his Professor X project on the Dutch label Clone Records. In 2007 he performed as a DJ on the 2K Sports Holiday Bounce Tour with artists from the Stones Throw label. In 2008, Stones Throw released a compilation of his electro-rap material from the 1980s. [11] One of his songs was included on the 2007 video game, College Hoops 2K8 .

In 2018, Arabian Prince appeared on the fourteenth studio album of industrial-metal band Ministry. [12]

Other ventures

Aside from his music career, he worked in special effects, 3D animation and video games. [13] [14] [15]




With N.W.A


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  2. HipHopDX (23 August 2008). "Arabian Prince: New Funky Nation". HipHopDX. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  3. Martin Cizmar. "Arabian Prince: What Happened After N.W.A. and the Posse?". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  4. Southern California Public Radio. "Lost N.W.A member Arabian Prince plays MacArthur Park on July 28". Southern California Public Radio. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  5. Kyle Grace. "N.W.A. - AskMen". AskMen. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  6. "Arabian Prince | West Coast Rap Artists | West Coast Rap Pioneers | Tribute to the Early West Coast Rap Scene: Website Title". 1965-06-17. Archived from the original on 2015-08-08. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  7. Brandes, Wendy (September 8, 2015). "Kept Outta "Compton": N.W.A's Arabian Prince Has No Regrets". Huffington Post. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  8. 1 2 3 Eshaiker, Amin (2008). Egon, ed. Innovative Life: The Anthology, 1984-1989 (Liner notes). Arabian Prince. Los Angeles: Stones Throw Records. pp. 6–7.
  9. Mike Sager (16 January 2016). "Arabian Prince Left N.W.A and He's Doing Just Fine". MEL Magazine. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  10. Martin Cizmar. "Whatever Happened to N.W.A's Posse?". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  11. "Arabian Prince | Stones Throw Records". Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  12. Scott Munro. "Ministry Bring In Ex-NWA Man Arabian Prince". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  13. "Arabian Prince Left N.W.A and He's Doing Just Fine – MEL Magazine". 16 January 2016.
  14. Martins, Chris (10 September 2008). "Arabian Prince: A Jheri Blossoms".
  15. Weiss, Jeff (22 August 2008). "His 'Innovative Life'" via LA Times.
  16. Paine, Jake (2008-07-03). "Stones Throw Records Releases N.W.A. Affiliate Album". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-08-15.