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Watch Nasty C’s Interview on Sway In The Morning

Sway wants to make Nasty C big in the US.

South African rapper Nasty C recently sat down with Sway for yet another interview. While his 2017 interview on Sway In The Morning was introductory, this time around, Sway and Nasty C discussed the rapper's latest album Strings and Bling, and caught up about what has happened since the last time they spoke.


Sway is clearly a huge Nasty C fan.

"Citizens, I'm telling you, this guy is the truth," the host told his listeners. "I wanna make this kid big here in the States, too. I want him to be big everywhere 'cause he's rapping better than a lot of these dudes here in the States is already." Fax only!

In the interview, Nasty C talks about the late Pro, his collaboration with A$AP Ferg, why he doesn't rap in IsiZulu, starting his own record label, him being a producer, among other things. He also performs his duet with Rowlene, the emotionally intense "SMA."

Nasty C also appeared on TRL and got to hang out with 50 Cent.

Watch his interview with Sway and his co-hosts below, and revisit Strings and Bling underneath.


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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

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