Nasty C reflects on his childhood and early memories of getting into hip-hop in new 'Origins' documentary.

Watch Nasty C’s ‘Origins’ Documentary on Apple Music

Nasty C shares his backstory in new in-depth Apple Music 'Origins' documentary.

Ahead of the release of his highly anticipated third studio album, Zulu Man With Some Power, Apple Music shares a documentary chronicling Nasty C's life and trajectory.

Only a few people's stories are like Nasty C's. The talented rapper comes from the small Kwazulu-Natal town of Illovo, a place one wouldn't expect to gift the world with one of the most talented rappers of this generation.


In the Origins documentary, Nasty C shares his story, from how he used to walk and cross rivers just to record "not even a full song." His childhood friends, who also appear in the documentary, attest to his dedication.

The doccie takes the viewer into the first studio Nasty C's used to record his early music and he tells the story of his debut mixtape One Kid a Thousand Coffins. Nasty C also tells the story of how he fell in love with hip-hop and how he gained popularity.

Also making appearances on the film are Nasty C's brother Ayanda Ngcobo, his childhood friend BU, his manager Yvette Gayle and one of Durban's biggest promoters Junior Lavie, who have all witnessed different stages of Nasty C's trajectory and personal growth.

Watch Nasty C's Origins documentary on Apple Music and pre-order/pre-save Zulu Man With Some Power on your platform of choice.

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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