Nasty C

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - COSMO GUY -

Known as the ‘coolest kid in Africa’, rap­per Nsikaye­sizwe David Ng­cobo, aka Nasty C, is rid­ing the wave of his sec­ond stu­dio al­bum Strings And Bling, and launch­ing his own record la­bel, Tall Racks. And did we men­tion he’s mak­ing noise in the US? Yaas!

I al­ways knew I’d make it big…

But I never thought it would be so soon.

I cre­ate mu­sic be­cause…

I have so much to say and share. Mu­sic helps me to ex­press my­self in an easy way.

My ad­vice for young South Africans who are afraid to fol­low their dreams is…

To go for it, no mat­ter who tells you that you can’t or shouldn’t. If you’re de­ter­mined and pas­sion­ate, you’ll suc­ceed.

I’m proud to be South African be­cause…

We em­brace mu­sic. South Africans live and breathe mu­sic.

If I wasn’t a rap­per…

I’d be a pro­ducer or a video ed­i­tor.

I deal with neg­a­tiv­ity by…

Stay­ing fo­cused on what’s im­por­tant to me, and re­mind­ing my­self that not ev­ery­body has to be happy for me.

SMA is about…

An ar­gu­ment be­tween my girl and I, where I rap from both per­spec­tives. Cre­atively, it’s one of the best songs on the al­bum. Strings And Bling re­lates to… The idea of a string of con­nec­tions. There’s a con­nec­tion to the first per­son I call when I get into trou­ble. A con­nec­tion to the per­son I speak to when I’m low. There’s a con­nec­tion to my friends. ‘Bling’ refers to your in­ner glow and con­fi­dence. ■

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