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Rap­per Re­filoe Phoolo, bet­ter known as Cassper Ny­ovest, may be a proper(ty) liar.

A deed search City Press con­ducted shows that nei­ther he nor his record la­bel, Fam­ily Tree Me­dia, own any prop­erty in the coun­try, de­spite heavy hints on Face­book and Twit­ter that he owns the home he lives in.

In­stead, the deed search shows the names of two own­ers who in 2012 reg­is­tered the town­house in Lone­hill, Jozi, which the 25year-old has been pass­ing off as his own. Cassper is known for show­ing off “his crib” on so­cial me­dia.

In June, he re­port­edly said: “I’ve got prop­erty, artists, cloth­ing la­bel and [an] en­ergy drink.”

The fol­low­ing month, he posted on his Face­book page a pic­ture of his “crib” with a cap­tion that read: “Mov­ing into the new house in Kyalami. Feel­ing away up!!! I feel blessed!!!”

Four months later, he re­leased his track Dust2Dust, in which he trashes ri­val rap­per AKA: “I’m writ­ing this at the crib, shoot­ing free throws. You stayed in a town­house that’s owned by Oskido and got kicked out.”

Cassper de­clined to com­ment on Fri­day, say­ing he would “rather com­ment on his mu­sic ca­reer”.

The rap­per, who this week re­ceived two nom­i­na­tions – Best Male and Best Hip-Hop Al­bum – for the 15th Metro FM Mu­sic Awards, said it was up to peo­ple to be­lieve what­ever they wanted to be­lieve.

“I’m suc­cess­ful and peo­ple don’t want to see peo­ple suc­ceed. Peo­ple must just go on and write what­ever they want to. At the end of the day, peo­ple be­lieve what they be­lieve, whether truth or lies,” he said.

Cassper says he doesn’t read news­pa­pers any more, but his mother al­ways calls him in a panic when she reads a neg­a­tive re­port.

“That is why I wrote Mama I Made It. I ded­i­cated the song to my dear­est mother.

“I’m the big­gest artist in the coun­try at the mo­ment. You put my name in the pa­per, peo­ple would want to read about me. It’s just sad that when I do great things, they don’t write about it.”

Cassper said he tweeted pic­tures of his homes be­cause “I’m telling my story that I come from noth­ing”.

“I’m not try­ing to make any­one feel any less. But I’m in­spir­ing lit­tle kids in the ’hood who think you need to be born in a priv­i­leged fam­ily to be suc­cess­ful.

“I got where I am to­day be­cause I was also in­spired by Kanye West and our own HHP,” he said.


HOME STRETCH The en­trance of Le Mis­tral in Lone­hill, where rap­per Cassper Ny­ovest rents a unit. He has made claims that he owns prop­erty in this com­plex

Cassper Ny­ovest

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