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Photo: Osborne Macharia. Courtesy of Nasty C.

Interview: Nasty C On His Forthcoming Def Jam Debut 'Zulu Man With Some Power'

We talk to the South African hip-hop star about the upcoming Zulu Man With Some Power, signing to Def Jam, working with T.I., No I.D. and more.

Nasty C—born into this world as Nsikayesizwe David Ngcobohas been on the precipice of even bigger things for a while now. Ever since breaking out onto the music scene as the self-dubbed "coolest kid in Africa," he's constantly been trying to top his previous move. From a fledgling young producer who started creating beats at the age of 9 to impress his older brother in their Durban home, Nasty C has now become a multi-platinum-selling award-winning artist who just made history signing an exclusive pact with Def Jam Recordings.

The 23-year-old's rhymes and beats made him Apple Music's most-streamed artist in South Africa for the past 4 years, buoyed by his mixtapes and albums Bad Hair (2016) and Strings and Bling (2018). His latest album, the forthcoming Zulu Man with Some Power, continues to draw anticipation with each month that passes. It was due out in May but the coronavirus lockdown has meant a readjustment on the release date. Much like a blockbuster movie where the actors can't tell you many details until it releases but they assure you it's going to be good, Nasty promises his fans Zulu Man will be worth the wait.

Nasty C spoke to OkayAfrica during the South African lockdown from his home in Joburg, where he recorded the Lost Files EP he put out on YouTube a few days after the Def Jam news broke.

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