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Nasty C Displays Confidence on Strings & Bling – Album Review

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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.

 

 

 

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!

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Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.

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They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.

 

It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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