Listen to Nasty C’s New Song ‘Zulu Man’

Nasty C showcases IsiZulu bars in new song 'Zulu Man'.

For years in his flourishing career, fans, especially those from his city Durban, have been urging Nasty C to rap in his home language IsiZulu.

However, the rapper, whose English raps can go bar for bar with the best in the world, has taken his own time. He recently stated he's not under pressure to sound more (South) African in his raps.


In "Zulu Man", the rapper rides a cloud of dark synths and a pulverising bassline as he delivers two verses purely in IsiZulu. He tells his story of getting into rap, how he's an inspiration to the youngins from his hood. He even mentions his neighbours' names who he says can testify that he's been about this rap life his whole life. How's that for homage?

While Nasty C's Zulu rapping isn't top of the range, he still sounds convincing and believable. And he manages to use the incumbent triplet flow while rapping in IsiZulu. Some lines fall out of pocket, but "Zulu Man" does succeed in showing Nasty C in a different light. As the rapper always says, he mostly speaks IsiZulu when he's with friends and family—so this is a chance to meet the man he is to those who are close to him.

"Zulu Man" is the fifth song to be released from Nasty C's highly anticipated third studio album Zulu Man With Some Power. The previous four singles "Eazy", "There They Go", "Palm Trees and "They Don't" which features T.I have all (except the latter) been treated to world-class visuals from the artist who's on the verge of international dominance.

Stream "Zulu Man" on Apple Music and Spotify.


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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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