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A Nasty C and T.I. Collaboration Is In The Works

Nasty C is working with his idol T.I..

Last night, while in Portugal, South African rapper Nasty C tweeted that he just received a verse from T.I.

The young rapper posted a short series of emotional tweets expressing how much the collaboration meant to him. If you have been checking out the rapper's interviews, you should know that alongside Lil Wayne, T.I. is one of his biggest inspirations. He usually makes reference to the Southern legend's 2006 album King as the project that had a huge impact on his rapping style.


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T.I., while on vacation in Cape Town last year, DM'd Nasty C on Instagram: "Yoooo, I been out in Cape Town, riding to [your] album, shit Fye!!!" punctuated with fire flame emojis. Strings & Bling is indeed fire.

Nasty C tweeted that screenshot, and many a South African hip-hop fan speculated a collaboration was on the way.

Nasty C has thus far collaborated with US rappers French Montana and A$AP Ferg.

Nasty C is currently taking his successful IVYSON Tour to Australia. Peep his website for more information and dates.

Read: Lil Wayne's Influence on South African Hip-Hop

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Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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