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Nasty C Displays Confidence on Strings & Bling – Album Review



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On August 13, 2018
Last modified:August 14, 2018


Nasty C's second studio project finds the rapper freely showcasing the finest lyrical technique strewn over solid production. Proving his distinguishable gift and undeniable showmanship, Nasty C takes his place.

Nasty C once quelled fires of a blazing demand for his first studio album by randomly offering it for free during the first week, a weird move drew comparisons to Kanye West and Rihanna, who’d done the same thing with The Real Life of Pablo and ANTI respectively

While we are pretty sure there are closer case studies locally, its the sheer magnitude of the public demand for that album that renders the situation that much crazier.

Further to that, Nasty’s international footprint boasts the co-sign of collaborative bangers he’s churned out with the likes of French Montana, Major Lazer and amongst others Omaric Hardwick, all with whom he produced some impressive work during his late teens.

He still debuted Bad Hair at no cost to fans for a limited period, almost as somewhat of a move to test the limits of his undeniable clout within Hip Hop, even though he was just a teenager at the time, he vowed true fans would still go out and buy it when it went on sale.

RELATED: Nasty C Drops Bad Hair For Free

That was in 2016.

Three years later, the album’s follow up surfaces in the form of  Strings & Bling. 

Unlike anything he’s done before, mixtapes and studio albums being in that list, Nasty C’s Strings & Blings appears to be engineered entirely to solidify his place at a crest of a wave that he, and only he, owns.

The album is a showcase of the 21-year-old rapper’s undeniable lyrical virtuosity against some pretty world-class sonic productions.

He spits with a level of confidence and unrelenting linguistic commitment that invites an easy awe to his complex rhymes and references.

And while his previous works were a delightful display of his raw talent, here he finally anchors his beautiful writing and confident deliveries to perfect 808s, droning growls, gongs and echoes, and sick instrumentation to compliment his obvious artistic showmanship.

The 17-track project opens with Blisters,  in which he lays down some melodic verses against a prominent piano. Perfect for an opener, Nasty embraces his Zulu identity as part of his dominion within Hip Hop;

“Too much power for one Zulu man. That’s why I’m out here acting a hooligan. I thank God for blessing me ngempumelelo (success).”

One critique commonly levied at him is the limited engagement of his home language in his work.

Here he includes it not only seamlessly, but such that you realise it’s yet another fire card he could easily play to further his turf. In a few lines, his skill brings those Zulu words with impressive poetic justice.

Related: Our 2016 Interview with Nasty C 

Strings & Bling – the album title track moves in next – further amplifying the intellectual space in which he plays as a writer. Unsurprisingly, the title track is one of the best jams in the record, seeing Nasty fusing his voice with some electronic synthesisers is a trip.

That said, the decision to resist the obvious seductions of trap throughout the album is conspicuous. Open to many interpretations, one certain way of reading the young lyricist’s abstinence from the fad certainly positions him as one who’s in it for the long game.

His legion of teenage fans who toss themselves at him everywhere he goes will love U Played Yourself, in which he tackles romance and heartbreak from an angle many of his fans will find a thrill.

“You played yourself. He cheated on you.” I mean, a lot of them obviously want to know that he cares about their possible trouble with relationships (“Take my relationship advice”, he suggests on the track), as much they wish he would be available to save them from those universal blues.

It’s a perfect fantasy.

He brings in A$AP Ferg on King, one of the album’s promotional singles. Consistent with the cool African Kid in Africa that stuck with him naturally, he embraces his Africanness with a surprising flare; the logistic exploration of the content to splay his talent and the pride his takes in continental dishes.

It’s on SMA that the rapper proves his ‘cross-over’ mainstream appeal though. Featuring Rowlenne, the joint is an easy reminder of the moment in culture when Eminem collaborated with Rihanna at the zenith of her electro Pop era. He laid bare his soul on the song, withhold none of his aggression back.

On SMA,  Nasty stays true to his roots while expanding the field to incorporate some soulful Pop confetti. He does the same on Gravy, in which he unleashes some vocals, as well as Everything with Kaien Cruz.

As a cohesive piece of work, Strings & Bling bears proof that Nasty C is years ahead of his contemporaries. He avails himself to bigger possibilities while solidifying his place within Hip Hop.




Nasty C's second studio project finds the rapper freely showcasing the finest lyrical technique strewn over solid production. Proving his distinguishable gift and undeniable showmanship, Nasty C takes his place.


Fans Are Wondering Why Beyoncé Snubbed SA On Her Instagram



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Looks like the South African beyhive have a few bones to pick with their Queen.

It’s been just days after many of Beyoncé’s fans complained about her performance being limited to just 25 minutes for those who did not make it to the Global Citizen Concert at FNB Stadium, where she delighted attendees with her On The Run set alongside Jay Z.

Yet on Monday, the beyhive took to social media to question the America superstar’s decision not to post anything, at all, about her stay in the country.


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Beyoncé on Monday gave her followers a glimpse of her performance in India this past weekend, a week after she thrilled screaming fans at Global Citizen.

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Best Of Apple 2018 List: Here Are Biggest South African Songs

Drizzy may have been the biggest international artist in 2018. But as far as streaming is concerned, Lady Zamar, Nasty C, Kwesta and more, aren’t far behind. Here’s the full list



Biggest Apple Music songs 2018 South Africa

Nasty C, Lady Zamar, Shekhinah, Kwesta and AKA were amongst the most streamed South African artists in 2018 on Apple Music.

The global digital music streaming platform has unveiled its year-end music charts for an accurate glimpse into the best performing artists, songs and albums from the previous fiscal.

And while Drake had the biggest year out of any artist both global and in South Africa, the list also reveals which local acts achieved the best sales on the platform.

Nasty C appears on Apple Music’s Top 100 biggest song with Particula – a collaborative bop in which he slaps alongside Major Lazor and DJ Maphorisa. Despite not making it to the top of MTV’s controversial Hottest MCs list, there’s no lack of evidence that the young rapper had the biggest year of his massively successful career to date.

Having dropped his critically acclaimed sophomore studio album Strings & Bling earlier this year, Nasty C’s moves included a deal to further his global footprint with Universal Music and, amongst other highlights, his continued clothing deal with Sportscene.

Lady Zamar’s debut album, King Zamar, instantly became one of the biggest albums when it hit the shelves back in 2017.

Two years after its premiere, the 18 track project continues to slap. This year, King Zamar sustained its relevance as Zamar continued churning out scorchers. Unsurprisingly. the best performing out of those is ‘Collide‘, which kept the songstress on top of the charts throughout 2018. Collide is the 16th biggest song overall on the list, the second biggest song with a South African artist, as well as the biggest South African song by a female artist.

Kwesta’s Spirit proved itself to be taking after its older sibling, Ngud, is crafting its own nook of timelessness in the streets. The 2017 scorcher, featuring Wale, made waves all the way into 2018, where it became the 22nd biggest song on Apple Music. The same can be said for Shekhinah’s Suited. Taken from her debut album Rose Gold, Suited has remained a big commercial success more two years after its release.

There’s further proof that the biggest summer smashes have a lifespan that exceeds two years on this chart. People streamed Sun El Musician’s Akanamali well into 2018, despite the song has been quite a strong contender for song of the year the year prior.

Other entries include Distruction Boyz with Omunye, Mlindo with AmaBlesser and amongst others, AKA’s Fela in Versace. The full list is below;

Rank Song Title Artist Name Feat. Artist
1 God’s Plan Drake
2 Havana (feat. Young Thug) Camila Cabello Young Thug
3 rockstar (feat. 21 Savage) Post Malone 21 Savage
4 Silence (feat. Khalid) Marshmello Khalid
5 Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) Post Malone Ty Dolla $ign
6 Nice For What Drake
7 In My Feelings Drake
8 Perfect Ed Sheeran
9 Particula (feat. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna) DJ Maphorisa & Major Lazer Nasty C,Ice Prince,Patoranking & Jidenna
10 Young Dumb & Broke Khalid
11 Thunder Imagine Dragons
12 These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen) Rudimental Jess Glynne,Macklemore & Dan Caplen
13 Body (feat. brando) Loud Luxury brando
14 Shotgun George Ezra
15 Wolves Selena Gomez & Marshmello
16 Collide Lady Zamar
17 What Lovers Do (feat. SZA) Maroon 5 SZA
18 Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B) Maroon 5 Cardi B
19 Youngblood 5 Seconds of Summer
20 Never Be the Same Camila Cabello
21 Love Lies Khalid & Normani
22 Spirit (feat. Wale) Kwesta Wale
23 Suited Shekhinah
25 Akanamali (feat. Samthing Soweto) Sun-El Musician Samthing Soweto
26 Back to You Selena Gomez
27 Shape of You Ed Sheeran
28 Lonely Together (feat. Rita Ora) Avicii Rita Ora
29 Too Good at Goodbyes Sam Smith
30 Dusk Till Dawn (feat. Sia) [Radio Edit] ZAYN Sia
31 I Like It Cardi B,Bad Bunny & J Balvin
32 What About Us P!nk
33 Unforgettable (feat. Swae Lee) French Montana Swae Lee
34 All The Stars Kendrick Lamar & SZA
35 Eastside benny blanco,Halsey & Khalid
36 The Middle Zedd,Maren Morris & Grey
37 Freaky Friday (feat. Chris Brown) Lil Dicky Chris Brown
38 Rise (feat. Jack & Jack) Jonas Blue Jack & Jack
39 Omunye (feat. Benny Maverick and Dladla Mshunqisi) Distruction Boyz Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi
40 Look Alive (feat. Drake) BlocBoy JB Drake
41 AmaBlesser (feat. DJ Maphorisa) Mlindo DJ Maphorisa
42 Despacito (Remix) [feat. Justin Bieber] Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Justin Bieber
43 Nonstop Drake
44 Club Controller (feat. TNS & Zanda Zakusa) Prince Kaybee & LaSoulMates TNS & Zanda Zakusa
45 River (feat. Ed Sheeran) Eminem Ed Sheeran
46 New Rules Dua Lipa
47 Remind Me to Forget Kygo & Miguel
48 Something Just Like This The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
49 I Miss You (feat. Julia Michaels) Clean Bandit Julia Michaels
50 Him & I G-Eazy & Halsey
51 In My Blood Shawn Mendes
52 MotorSport Migos,Nicki Minaj & Cardi B
53 I Fall Apart Post Malone
54 All Falls Down Alan Walker,Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals
55 One Kiss Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
56 Running Wild (feat. Jethro Tait) Pascal & Pearce Jethro Tait
57 Candy Paint Post Malone
58 Perfect Duet (with Beyoncé) Ed Sheeran
59 FRIENDS Marshmello & Anne-Marie
60 Better Now Post Malone
61 no tears left to cry Ariana Grande
62 Nevermind Dennis Lloyd
63 Maradona Niniola
64 Let Me Go (feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt) Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso Florida Georgia Line & Andrew Watt
65 Fela In Versace (feat. Kiddominant) AKA Kiddominant
67 You Are the Reason Calum Scott
68 Castle on the Hill Ed Sheeran
69 Ocean (feat. Khalid) Martin Garrix Khalid
70 Bodak Yellow Cardi B
71 IDGAF Dua Lipa
72 Solo (feat. Demi Lovato) Clean Bandit Demi Lovato
73 Congratulations (feat. Quavo) Post Malone Quavo
74 Call Out My Name The Weeknd
75 Finesse (Remix) [feat. Cardi B] Bruno Mars Cardi B
76 More Than You Know Axwell Λ Ingrosso
77 Taste (feat. Offset) Tyga Offset
78 Walk It Talk It (feat. Drake) Migos Drake
79 Boo’d Up Ella Mai
80 Praise the Lord (Da Shine) [feat. Skepta] A$AP Rocky Skepta
81 Believer Imagine Dragons
82 Please Mr Shekhinah
83 Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller) DJ Khaled Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
84 Lucid Dreams Juice WRLD
85 Bamthathile (feat. Mlindo The Vocalist) Sun-El Musician Mlindo The Vocalist
86 It Ain’t Me Kygo & Selena Gomez
87 Feels (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean) Calvin Harris Big Sean,Katy Perry & Pharrell Williams
88 SICKO MODE Travis Scott
89 Location Khalid
90 I’m Upset Drake
91 Meant to Be Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
92 Happier Ed Sheeran
93 This Is Me Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble
94 Inde (feat. Bucie & Nokwazi) Heavy-K Bucie & Nokwazi
95 There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back Shawn Mendes
96 Man’s Not Hot Big Shaq
97 Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage) Cardi B 21 Savage
98 All Mine Kanye West
99 OK (feat. James Blunt) Robin Schulz James Blunt
100 FEFE (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz) 6ix9ine Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz


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Internship Applications for Cassper’s Fill Up Moses Mabhida – Details



Fill Up Moses Mabhida internship
Photo Credit: Paul Ward

Cassper Nyovest is looking for young people to work at his upcoming Fill Up Moses Mabhida stadium shindig.

The rapper on Monday announced the return of the Fill Up Internship programme, which he first launched in 2017 as he conquered FNB Stadium.

Nyovest started the internship programme as a means to pay it forward and equip young people with tangible skills across various event disciplines.

This year’s Fill Up Internship Programme will be open to Durban residents only.

Anyone 18 years old and above may apply.

The application process will be done via interviews.

Interested candidates need only bring along their IDs and attend the interview session.

The following departments will be interviewing for interns: Operations, Talent Operations, Logistics, Accreditation, Hospitality & Catering, Merchandise, Marketing, PR and Sponsorship.

Date: Saturday, 17 November 2018

Time: Interviews will take place between 10 am and 3 pm

Location: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

The #FillUpMosesMabhida Internship Programme will run from Wednesday, 28 November 2018 until Friday, 30 November 2018. All interns will also be required to attend the concert on Saturday, 1 December 2018 to apply their learnings.

Ticket prices range from R100 – R450 and hospitality packages range from R1495 to R2999. Tickets can be purchased at all major stores with Computicket outlets or online here





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