Is the AKA and Cassper Ny­ovest beef back on?

CityPress - - News - NTOMBIZODWA MAKHOBA ntombizodwa@city­press.co.za

Two of South Africa’s top hip-hop acts are head­ing to tonight’s Black En­ter­tain­ment Tele­vi­sion (BET) Awards af­ter seem­ingly reignit­ing their long-stand­ing ten­sion.

Kier­nan “AKA” Forbes, who has been nom­i­nated in the Best In­ter­na­tional Act: Africa cat­e­gory, and Re­filoe “Cassper Ny­ovest” Phoolo, nom­i­nated in the new View­ers’ Choice cat­e­gory, were nearly em­broiled in another Twit­ter war this week over the lat­ter’s lyrics in the song 428 to LA.

It is likely that one of them will re­turn home vic­to­ri­ous af­ter the awards cer­e­mony, which takes place at the Mi­crosoft Theatre in Los An­ge­les, US.

On Thurs­day, AKA fired the first salvo when he tweeted: “I’m very proud that I’ve never lied on a record. I just heard a SA rap­per say, ‘I make a mil ev­ery month’ on a song. Clowns!”

Although AKA didn’t men­tion any names, it was clear his mes­sage was di­rected at Ny­ovest.

AKA later tweeted that rap­pers could lie about what they owned and what they had, but their lies were bound to catch up with them.

Ny­ovest was tight-lipped un­til the fol­low­ing day, when he also took to so­cial media, say­ing: “You dissed me on Twit­ter again this morn­ing. May God grant u all your heart’s de­sires so you could b happy. Good luck for the BETs.”

He then sent another Tweet: “This was di­rected at me. I have noth­ing bad to say to this guy or about him. May God bless him and his un­born baby.” AKA’s man­ager, Raphael Benza, re­fused to com­ment. “I’m sorry, we won’t en­ter­tain this [ques­tion],” he said, be­fore hang­ing up.

Ny­ovest and his man­ager, T-Lee Moiloa, were not avail­able for com­ment.

It’s been more than five months since the pair pub­licly shook hands and claimed they had set­tled a long-run­ning beef marked by in­sults, shov­ing and – on one oc­ca­sion – a gun be­ing drawn.

But that sign of friend­li­ness may have sim­ply been a pub­lic­ity stunt. If Twit­ter is any­thing to go by, feath­ers could soon be fly­ing again.

SA hip-hop stars AKA (left) and Cassper Ny­ovest posted this pic­ture on so­cial media in De­cem­ber last year, say­ing they had re­solved their dif­fer­ences

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