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Ginger Trill. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Cassper Nyovest is The Jay-Z of South Africa, According to Ginger Trill

"He knows how to play the game."

The rapper Ginger Trill is one of the most potent lyricists in South Africa. He's your favorite rapper's favorite rapper. He recently won the Verse of the Year award for his song "Nobody (Interlude)" at the Slikour On Life Verse of the Year Awards, which took place in February.

Ginger is a guest on the latest episode of The Sobering, South Africa's most prominent hip-hop podcast. While discussing his plan to blow up, Ginger revealed how much he admires Cassper Nyovest's strategies (who doesn't?).

"Cassper is good at playing the game," Ginger says, "He's just, like, a Jay-Z."

He elaborates that Nyovest knows how to balance making catchy hooks and spitting potent verses at times:

"I think he's good at playing the game. He comes on somebody's song and ass' em out."

This is the same strategy that has contributed to Jay-Z's seemingly omnipotent relevance in hip-hop. The man said it himself on "Moment of Clarity," "I dumbed down for my audience to double my dollars."

Asked why he wasn't playing the game, Ginger says the only thing he knows how to do best is to just rap. "I play the game, I drop my tapes, I drop my singles," he says.

"I am hustling, maybe I'm not as good as they are. Maybe my thing is being good as a lyricist."

During the episode, the rapper reveals himself as a student of the game, admitting he can rap word-for-word to Optical Illusion songs, and makes reference to other rappers. He also shares his South African hip-hop top 5 lyricists.

Listen to the full episode below, and listen to Ginger Trill's latest single "Money," underneath or download it here.

Subscribe to The Sobering on iTunes.


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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