A$AP to cruise street con­cert

‘Shabba’ rap­per to crack Cap­sule

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A$AP Ferg was ex­cited to see how “dope” South Africa was when he landed here for the first street cul­ture fes­ti­val, Cap­sule, to­mor­row in New­town, Joburg.

The rap­per, fa­mous for the 2013 trap hit song Shabba, was hosted at the Mall of Africa Sportscene branch yes­ter­day.

“My friends have told me about how fly this place is and that the hip hop scene is dope down here,” he said.

The me­dia brief­ing was MC’d by Vuzu En­ter­tain­ment’s No­muzi Mabena.

Event spon­sors Sportscene brought the event to the coun­try to cel­e­brate ur­ban cul­ture, some­thing the streets of Joburg are filled with. Mabena said the event would be “epic”, cater­ing for both chil­dren and adults.

There will be art in­stal­la­tions, a beer garden, boot cus­tomi­sa­tions and food stalls. Two stages will fea­ture more than 30 big acts and new artists.

Hip hop star AKA will join Kwesta and Nasty C on the main stage. Nasty C, who was at the brief­ing, said it was a great hon­our to be one of the head­lin­ers.

Mabena said the younger gen­er­a­tion now was all about kids do­ing al­ter­na­tive things and us­ing the in­ter­net to “get them­selves out there”.

A$AP Ferg, real name Darold Ferguson, re­leased his lat­est mix­tape, Still Striv­ing, last month.

“This time around I added more pro­duc­ers on the beats, giv­ing new peo­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties, and I got to chill with my friends while we were at it. I did five tours last year.”

A$AP Ferg said the process of mak­ing the mix­tape was a nat­u­ral one. “Peo­ple would pull up and kick it. We joked with each other and still man­aged to get in three to four songs with each ses­sion. I was in the mo­ment.”

The New Level hit­maker said he also had a lot of new­com­ers on the mix­tape be­cause he wanted to make con­tem­po­rary art. “Where I am from, New York City, there isn’t a lot of artists rep­ping the city.”

He said it was a “huge deal” to be per­form­ing in the coun­try for the first time.

“Yo’ll can keep me here. I al­ways get hyped when peo­ple know the words to my songs; then I get caught up and for­get the words my­self. That makes me feel like I am home and able to get real on stage.”

He said he wanted to make the most of his short time here and see new peo­ple and places.

“I want to make the best out of this op­por­tu­nity and take new sounds back home.”

@mane_mpi

PIC­TURE: ITUME­LENG ENGLISH

HON­OUR: Rap­per Nasty C and Amer­i­can rap­per A$AP Ferg ad­dress the me­dia at the Mall of Africa in Midrand yes­ter­day.

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