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Nasty C's South African Hip-Hop Playlist

South Africa's youngest rap star, Nasty C, selects his favorite South African hip-hop songs for this new playlist.

NEW YORK CITY—At only 20-years-old, Nasty C is already one of South Africa's biggest rappers.


Through his highly-impressive debut album, Bad Hair, the many features, EPs and mixtapes that came before it, as well as collaborations with some of the country's biggest names—like Tumi Molekane, Cassper Nyovest, and AKA—the Durban-based act has cemented his place as one of Africa's fastest rising rappers.

Nasty C recently stopped by the OkayAfrica offices during his visit to New York City, the same day he dropped by Sway In The Morning.

We took the opportunity to ask him to select his favorite South African hip-hop songs.

Check out Nasty C's South African Hip-Hop playlist below and listen to it on Spotify and Apple Music.

Emtee "Dreams"

Nasty C: This song speaks about not giving up and how Emtee came up. Me and Emtee are very close, I'm inspired by his hustle, all the stuff that he's been through, and what he's made out of himself by making music. There's a line from the hook that I really like: "Dreams do come true / You can win if you want to."

AKA & Anatii "Dont Forget to Pray"

Nasty C: They just dropped this one recently. I really like it. The beat and the hook especially are dope, and I really like Anatii's verse—he raps in Xhosa for a change, and he doesn't really do that at all, so I really felt that.

Cassper Nyovest "Bad One" ft. Anatii

Nasty C: That was my first favorite from Cassper's first album, Tsholofelo. Anatii's on that song as well. It's all about the vibe—I think they were very experimental in that song, 'cause they were just playing around. It was dope.

K.O "Mission Statement"

Nasty C: Just the hook and the beat. I really like the beat. I really like the music video too, it was around the time when South African hip-hop music videos were getting better and better.

Da L.E.S "Lifestyle" ft. Gemini Major

Nasty C: Da L.E.S did this songs with Gemini Major. Gemini and I are really close, he's a producer, who I think also made this beat. Again, I love the production and Da L.E.S' verse.

Nasty C "Good Girls and Snapchat Hoes"

Nasty C: One of my favorites from the Bad Hair album. There's two beats here, actually, cause I split the song into two: spitting about good girls then Snapchat hoes. It doesn't really focus on good girls, but how guys like to praise and hang around bad girls 'cause they do all the cool stuff. In the second part I pretty much bash the bad girls and expose them.

DJ Citi Lyts "Washa" ft. Fifi Cooper, Emtee, B3nchMarQ

Nasty: Citi Lyts did this one with Emtee, Fifi Cooper and B3nchMarQ. I like the vibe of the song. "Washa" is a term Zulus use that sort of means "that way." You know how people say "that way" to anything, you can pretty much say "washa" to anything. Like if something cool happens you say "washa." People say that a lot when they're dancing.

Emtee "Mama"

Nasty C: He speaks about his mother and him having to see her go through so much. Her being in the hospital and him still trying to make it, not really having much at home but he still has to take care of his mother and his siblings. It really resonates with me, because I do everything I do right now for my mother and I didn't know her much, she passed away when I was young. So when he speaks like that, he shows how much he loves and appreciates his mother. I think that's really dope.

Anatii "Freedom"

Nasty C: This song came out like 4 years ago, I was still in high school when I heard it. It's a really dope song. I think the video made me like the song more than anything. It was directed by Kyle Lewis, who also directed my "Good Girls" video. He's really abstract and goes crazy, his imagination and creativity are insane.

Nasty C "Phases" ft. Rowlene

Nasty C: Kyle Lewis did this video as well, which I really like. What I like about it is that I made the beat and the song for this one when I was in grade 11. That must've been like 4 or 5 years ago, but it still made it on the album. It's just one of those songs that I always kept on the side—never wanted to play it for anyone or release it. It was just so special to me. I was going through something at the time, and I expressed it through this song. If not the most liked song, it's probably the second most liked song on Bad Hair.

Listen to Nasty C's SA Hip-Hop Picks playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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