The Top 10 Nasty C Songs

We look back at Nasty C's ten best songs to date ahead of the Durban rapper's much-anticipated debut album, 'Bad Hair'

Nasty C's debut album Bad Hair, coming 23 September, is one of the most anticipated releases of the year. The 19-year-old rapper's rise has been nothing short of amazing – he has been consistent since he was introduced to the fans through his single “Juice Back."

The Durban MC is a complete artist – he can rap spheres around your favourite, and he makes his own beats. Before Bad Hair arrives, here are ten of the rapper's best tracks, some from before he blew up. The rapper already has an impressive catalogue of features, EPs and mixtapes and has collaborated with reputable names like Tumi Molekane, Cassper Nyovest, AKA and more.

“This Is Not A Song, Nasty C Ain't Shit" (2016)

There's a heavy Eminem and Kendrick Lamar influence on this song. But Nasty's cadence never lets me down, and he laces this bass-heavy beat with the confidence and viciousness of the aforementioned muses. He switches flows and his voice does some shapeshifting so he indeed does sound like he means it when he says, “Don't you ever try to stop me" on the hook.

“Hell Naw" (2016)

“Hell Naw" is easily one of the biggest songs of 2016, and it's easy to tell why. With that woozy instrumental and the Drake-esque hook, anyone could have rapped and it would still be a hit. But Nasty completed the song with impressive penmanship and his ever-solid delivery. “Hell Naw" has impressive opening lines: “I'm making music for niggas in suites and ties/ They all got money and an evil smile/ that's ending conversations with the 'I'll let my people call your people' line," and the rapper maintains the same lyrical standard throughout. When Nasty C performs “Hell Naw," the crowd usually does half the job for him, rapping along word for word.

“Juice Back" Remix ft. Davido and Cassper Nyovest (2015)

Nasty C's breakout single “Juice Back" attracted the attention of two megastars, Cassper Nyovest and Davido, who went on to drop verses on the song's remix. The original song was dope, too, but Nasty's show-stealing verse on the remix gave the song a new life. He proved he got the juice with relentless lines like: “I feel bad for being the one to school these niggas/ When my friends are tryna get in a university/ But still I made 'em fall like the fees did/ Feeling like I'm talking to my daughters and nieces."

DJ Switch ft. Tumi, Youngsta & Nasty C “Way It Go" (2015)

One of the most talked-about songs of 2015, “Way It Go" was an unexpected collabo curated by DJ Switch. Nasty C produced the track and laced it with a memorable one-liner hook. He spat a tight verse alongside two other well-constructed 16s by two lyricists of note, Youngsta and Tumi.

“Question (?)" ft. Shekinah (2016)

A few months ago, Nasty C teamed up with fellow Durbanite, Shekhinah, the vocalist of “Back To The Beach" fame, for a melancholic love song. Titled “Question (?)", the song is done over the same instrumental as Durban rapper Aewon Wolf's “They" single. On the song, Nasty C is talking to a lover with whom he's separated from by distance. If, for some reason, you don't like the beat or Nasty C's verse, then you'll definitely be hooked to “Question (?)" for Shekhinah's ethereal vocals. One sad thing about this song, though, is that it's short – just one verse is not enough.

“Switched Up" (2016)

On “Switched Up," Nasty C sticks to a recurring rhyme pattern, and doesn't force any words. He just makes it look easy. “Switched Up" is a song where the rapper is looking back at how far he's come, and assures his day-ones that he's still the same person through the success. The beat is reminiscent of Drake's “Started From The Bottom," but then again no one trap song is completely unique.

“Bamm Bamm" (2015)

The beat to “Bamm Bamm" is stripped down to pretty much a bassline and drums. Nasty fills the emptiness with cold lines replete with personality. “Bamm Bamm" is a club song that also has lyrical content for heads to feast on: “My niggas split the Dibas equal/ And when it's time to stunt I'm Nasty Knievel/ I'm watching the tele-v, like 'Tell'em, C'/ You got a deal for me? Well let me see/ Putting Xs on top of Xs/ Man you must've lost it like a set of keys."

“He Said" (2014)

In 2013, Nasty C's voice hadn't even broken yet. He was 16, but he was already spitting venom. “I'm ready to do whatever it takes to be a G/ Even though I'm not required much being me/ The people that believed in me or Nasty C just had to see what I see inside of me/ it's a curse that can't be defeated." The flow was intact, too, and he was already rapping in those long spontaneous lines that are all over his work. On “He Said," a track off his 2014 EP C L.A.M.E., the Durban rapper spat heartfelt lyrics about his relationship with rap, over a fitting moody instrumental. He showed potential, it was only a matter of time before the whole country took note.

Nasty C & Buffalo Souljah “Belong" (2016)

Nasty C and Buffalo Souljah collaborated on “Belong" as part of Coke Studio Africa. Dancehall and hip-hop collaborations always work. And this song is no exception. Zimbabwe's Buffalo Souljah has been doing a lot of collabos with hip-hop artists such as AKA, Red Button, Emmy Gee, and it's always fire. “Belong" is a key-heavy trap banger courtesy of the producer Gemini Major. The song is laced with a solid hook, while Nasty C does what he does best. Can't help but think of Drake's “Controlla" when I listen to this song, though.

“IV (Four)" (2015)

“IV" wasn't a single. But it was a standout song on Nasty C's breakout mixtape Price City. The song is a celebration of the rapper's late mother IV's life. The deluxe version of the tape was released on her birthday, highlighting the song as a pillar to the project. On it, Nasty imagines a conversation with her mother, in which she expresses her happiness about her son's progress, and in return, he promises “I'll forever do this in your name". “IV" is an emotive song that sees the rapper wearing his heart on his sleeve, and is one of his most solid efforts to date.

Sabelo Mkhabela is a writer from Swaziland, currently based in Cape Town. He also drops award-winning tweets as @SabzaMK.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.

Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.

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