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.

Artwork: Barthélémy Toguo Lockdown Selfportrait 10, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery

The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019

1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."

Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957

Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:


31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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