If we had to blur out the picture and not mention the name of the artist, many of us would be impressed at some of the achievements Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo popularly known to many as NASTY C, the South African hip-hop superstar who was born in Durban on the 11th of February 1997 has achieved in the short space in which he has been a recording artist.
Junior’s musical journey started when he was just 9 years back in Kwazulu Natal having been influenced by his older brother who happened to be a producer at the time.
Early 2016 saw him release his first single Hell Naw off his debut album titled Bad Hair. Hell Naw peaked at No.4 on the music charts in South Africa which earned him more popularity not only in the hip-hop circle but also in the general public at large.
Late 2016/17 was a good period for Nasty C having been nominated for various awards such as the South African Hip Hop Awards, the Metro FM awards and BET awards in which he took some awards home. During this period, the hip-hop star released an extension to his album, titled Bad Hair Extension and on the album he worked on a track titled ALLOW featuring American rapper French Montana. When asked what was his highlights of this period he had to say this.
“My outstanding highlight would definitely be performing at the Castle Lite unlocks J Cole concert which took place at the Dome. It was overwhelming, I felt nervous and I don’t get nervous or rather let me not say nervous but it was more excitement.”
To date Nasty C is working on his sophomore album titled Strings and Bling which is soon to be released. Leading to his “twins” Nasty C went on a month long hype campaign giving fans a hint to what the twins could be and last Friday we saw his release two singles titled King where he featured A$AP Ferg and Jungle. I had a chat with Mr. Strings and Bling and this is what he had to say.
How could you describe Nasty C in 3 words?
Creative, Spontaneous, Goal-driven
If you could give your 9 year old self some advice, what would you say to him?
I’d teach him about self-confidence and seeking validation from himself. I have since found it. If I found it back them shuuu I’d be far!!!
Your transition from Mabala Noise to Universal was rather quiet, how has your experience been thus far with Universal?
Nothing but short of amazing! I’ve been serviced here before with the mixing and mastering of my album. Being here they helped lift my social media pages, the transition was felt natural. I felt like I was finally part of a family, the work they do is amazing and they deliver.
What can listeners expect from Strings and Bling, has the sound changed or stayed the same?
I don’t know what my sound is. I get creative; I express myself, go with the flow and share how I feel at the time. What they can expect is versatility and story-telling. I share a deep story too, a true story told word to word – people will get to know me better and feel closer to me.
Which is your favourite track on the album?
It changes from time to time but for now it has to be legendary. It is mood shifting, it doesn’t matter if you are going through the most; it will make you feel like you have become legendary the beat is also fresh AF.